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25 years of volunteering

In December the City of Hobart celebrated the hard work of three outstanding volunteers who have each dedicated 25 years to fostering inclusivity and harmony within our community.

Yabbo Thompson, Sajini Sumar, and David Cawthorn, members of the City’s Network for Harmony and Access Advisory Committee, have been committed to making Hobart a more welcoming and accessible city for the past 25 years.

Mr Cawthorn’s work as part of the Access Advisory Committee has brought attention to the needs of people with disabilities in relation to council projects.

“The work is all to do with access that’s involved with the Hobart City Council, so things like streets and toilet blocks, things like that,” Mr Cawthorn said.

“I didn’t even realise I had been on the committee that long. It’s incredibly satisfying.”

Sajini Sumar was a founding member of the Network for Harmony and has helped migrants connect with communities after moving to Hobart.

“Every day new migrants are coming to us,” Ms Sumar said.

“The culture is different, the language is different, they have no one to call family, and we give them support.

“I have experienced these things. There is a great need for support.”

Sajini said her connection with the Hobart City Council came in part from meeting with Hobart’s former mayor.

“I met the mayor at the time, Rob Valentine, in Salamanca, and he was very friendly and considerate and listened to me. From that day on I have decided to help the Hobart City Council,” she said.

“I love it, this is my life, I am dedicated to helping the community.”

Yabbo Thompson’s work on the Network of Harmony and the Multicultural Advisory Group championed the cause of cultural and linguistically diverse communities.

“Yabbo’s commitment to fostering a harmonious city is truly commendable,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“Her tireless efforts have not only raised awareness about issues of racism but have also enriched the cultural fabric of Hobart.”

The trio were recently honoured at the City of Hobart’s volunteer recognition awards night.

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