Living in harmony 2009

Courtesy of Canterbury-Bankstown Express - 31/3/2009 By Kristine Courtessis is a Macleay College student

Living in harmony 2009

express_31032009_harmonyHARMONY Day last Wednesday saw the Canterbury community come together to celebrate residents’ diverse backgrounds.

The Canterbury Harmony Group and the Punchbowl Multicultural Tenants Group came together to organise the day’s events.

Canterbury Deputy Mayor Karl Saleh said the day was important for residents. “It is important to come together and share the opportunity to get to know each other better and deeper,” he said.

Cr Saleh said the occasion brought together different cultural groups from across the area.

It also helped to foster a sense of belonging and mutual respect among residents, he said.

About 12 different cultural groups participated in this year’s celebrations.

These included Chinese, Korean and Arabic community groups.

But the city’s celebrations did not end with Harmony Day. National Youth Week was also in full swing last week. Bankstown City Council, in conjunction with the Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), held events such as the Bankstown’s got talent competition, hosted by Casey Donovan, and the Make A Move writing competition.

Youth Week organiser Justine Foo said it was important to realise the value young people had to offer to the community.

Photo: Canterbury Deputy Mayor Crl Saleh and the Canterbury Harmony Group celebrated a success Harmony Day in Riverwood. Photographer: Nick Bloukos.