Breaking Barriers

Courtesy of Canterbury-Bankstown Express - 6/1/2009

Breaking Barriers

express_06012009Canterbury’s deputy Mayor Karl Saleh doesn’t just believe in helping people living in the Canterbury area.

He also believes in helping the mutlicultural community within the whole of Australia

And his hard work in creating programs that would assist tenants who can’t speak English recently earned him the 2008 NSW Australasian Housing Institute’s inspirational colleague award.

The west ward councillor, who has been working for three years as the multicultural access program coordinator for the Riverwood Tenant Resource Service said he was delighted to receive the prestigious award.

“The award is in recognition for my commitment to culture and harmony,”he said.

“I ran the Multicultural Access Program which gets people from different ethnicities to volunteer their time and help tenants.

“I also organised a Harmony Day event as well as a night event for them.”

Mr Saleh said he saw the award as a tribute to our diverse multicultural community.

“We are priviledged to be able to bring about real change in the communities because all our work is carried out in partnership with our grassroots resident communities,” he said.

“If you ask me what I intend to do after receiving this award I could say that I intend to continue the work I have been doing and continue to make a difference.”


Karl Saleh with his award from the Australasian Housing Institute.