On Tuesday 19 March 2019, Linking Hearts officially launched the first group of Linking Hearts Ambassadors Program, a program that was announced at the Muslim Women Association’s 35th Anniversary Dinner in November 2018 with the appointment of Mr. Graham Richardson, media commentator, as the first Linking Hearts Ambassador.
The Linking Hearts Ambassador Program is an alliance of male ambassadors who use individual and/or combined resources, knowledge and expertise to positively impact the sphere of Domestic and Family Violence in Australia; the goal is to end Domestic and Family Violence in Australia. On the day, Ambassadors, wearing the Linking Hearts pin, pledged to be catalysts of change, to influence social practices and community responsibility in putting an end to domestic and family violence in Australia.
We are excited with the array of distinguished and committed gentlemen, who recognise that together, we can make a difference towards a Domestic and Family Violence FREE (DFVREE) Australia.
The Ambassador Reference Executive is the core of the Linking Hearts Ambassador Program that drives the strategic direction and key initiatives. Plans are underway to embrace this powerful Linking Hearts platform to create a circle of influence in an inclusive and respectful way.
Established on 4 July 2019, the Ambassador Reference Executive engaged in a rich dialogue including “Catalyst for Change” inter-sectional ideas, authentic intentions on Men standing beside Women and Children against violence.
Linking Hearts, a service of the Muslim Women Association, provides domestic violence and homelessness support to women and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with safe and supported crisis and transitional accommodation.
Linking Hearts is the only CALD Domestic Violence specific service for women and families in the region it operates, Sydney and South West Sydney, areas which have a high proportion of people from CALD backgrounds. It provides families including women and children escaping domestic and family violence, single parents with children, couples with children and refugees with safe and supported crisis and transitional accommodation. As well as Domestic Violence and Homelessness Support for clients, Linking Hearts also provides community awareness, advocacy, and early intervention and support.
Ambassador Reference Executive
Chair MWA CEO Maha Abdo
Talal Ghattas, Consultant
Chris Bonney, Indigenous Relations Advisor/ Cushman & Wakefield
Lusiano Afeaki, Chief Operating Officer /Crunch Fitness / New Evolution Ventures
Bruce Chan, Centre Manager, BaptistCare Counselling and Family Services
Paul Albury, Campsie PAC Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector
Reverand Fr Dr Shenouda Mansour
Om Dhungel, Consultant/ Om Dhungel Consultancy
|Linking Hearts Ambassadors Graham Richardson||Political Lobbyist|
|Chris Bonney||Indigenous Relations Advisor/ Cushman & Wakefield|
|Rabieh Krayem||Chairman A-League club, Macarthur FC|
|Lusiano Afeaki||Chief Operating Officer /Crunch Fitness / New Evolution Ventures|
|Supt Michael O’Toole||Commander of the Bankstown Police Area Command|
|Khodr Saleh||Australian Lebanese Politician|
|George Zakhia||Councillor (LIB) Canterbury-Bankstown|
|Khal Asfour||Clr (ALP) – Mayor Canterbury-Bankstown|
|George Brticevic||Mayor Campbelltown|
|Bruce Chan||Centre Manager, BaptistCare Counselling and Family Services|
|Greg Warren||Member for Campbelltown|
|Paul Albury||Campsie PAC Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector|
|Fadi Elhaje||Freelance journalist, Ishare Media|
|Michael Malak||Payce Consolidated PTY Limited|
|Gino Mara||Director, Macarthur South West Sydney A league|
|Jihad Dib||Member for Lakemba|
|Ismail Davids||National Manager, National Zakat Foundation|
|Fr Rod Bower||Australian Anglican priest and social activist, Rector of Gosford, Archdeacon for Justice Ministries and Chaplaincy in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle|
|Andrew Sedrak||Partner of TOT Group|
|Tim Carroll||Director, Bankstown Youth Development Service|
|Shaykh Ahmed Abdo||NSW Police Chaplain|
|David Weir||Community Safety Coordinator Culturally Diverse Services, NSW Fire Brigades|
|Rev Fr Dr Shenouda Mansour||Reverend Fr Dr|
|Deacon Roberto Corpuz||Deacon/ Catholic Church St. Thomas|
|Hassan Mousa||RM Gregory Printing|
|Craig Donarsky||Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC)|
|Om Dhungel||Consultant, Om Dhungel Consultancy|
|Dr Pani Patu||Doctor, Patu Medics|
|Sheikh Hassan Elsotohy||CEO, Muslim Aid Australia|
|Munzer Emad||Coordinator, Newpin Father’s Centre|