On the 11th of February I had the pleasure of hosting the Order of AHEPA's 2020 Hellenic Studies Awards here in Parliament House.
AHEPA, or the Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, is the largest Hellenic organisation in the world, with chapters in America, Canada, Greece, Cyprus and New Zealand.
The organisation seeks to promote community participation, and strengthen and improve Hellenic relations.
The Hellenic Studies Award is organised by the Australian Hellenic Educators' Association, in honour of the International Day of Hellenic Language.
These Awards recognise the work of students and teachers in recognition of their achievements in both classical and modern Greek studies.
In particular, congratulations to local winners from Bald Face Public School, Sienna and Eleni, who won awards for excellence in Hellenic Studies at the Primary level.
It was my honour to host and attend the awards and to join the guests in acknowledging the award winners.
I would like to thank Mr Panayiotis Diamadis from AHEPA for his leadership and organisation, and congratulate all the award winners.