In 2017, Margaret Griffith from Barwon Heads was a recipient of a Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Award. Margaret is the founder and chair of the Bellarine for Refugees group which has more than 30 volunteers assisting refugees to apply for visas and find a home.
I always had an interest in migrants and refugees when I worked as an English as a second language teacher. I understood the pressure they were under and, when I retired, I wanted to spend more time working with them, says Margaret.
She says she gets a lot of joy from meeting people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
There is also the joy of working alongside other volunteers and trying to improve the level of generosity in our country, Margaret says.
Thoughtful community engagement creates healthier people and mutually respectful communities. I see this award as a great thing for the local community because I am being rewarded for community work. I am pleased the Victorian Government acknowledges the community work people do. I am representing many of them, said Margaret.
This year’s Awards will be presented on 9 October at Government House ceremony hosted by the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.