Timeline for the Australian Lebanese Foundation
On 25th August The University of Sydney held it’s mid-year Uni-LIVE! Open Information Day. Senior high school students aspiring to be accepted into Sydney University next year attended in thousands.
The ALF stand again enjoyed the prime location of the Main Quadrangle. 2007 scholarship recipients Aaisha, Joe, and Adrian, and 2005 recipient Elie, who are members of the Youth Committee, helped man the stand and enthusiastically responded to the numerous enquiries throughout the sunny winter day. We appreciate their effort and thank them for their help.
On 27th May the ALF held its Annual General Meeting at The University of Sydney.
The Minutes of the 2006 AGM were tabled and accepted and the Treasurer presented the 2006 Financial Statements. During the meeting nominations for the 2007 Council were called for and the election was conducted. The previous year’s office bearers were each re-elected, seconded and accepted:-
President: Professor Fadia Ghossayn
1st Vice President: Mr. Eddy Chahine
2nd Vice President Dr. Chris Scarf
Secretary: Mr. Denis Hall
Treasurer: Mr. Mansour Youssef
On 7th May The Australian Lebanese Foundation hosted a special intimate lunch at the El Phoenician Restaurant in Parramatta with Mr. Mohammad Sammak who gave a presentation on “The interconnected problems of The Middle East”.
Mr. Sammak is a leading authority on Middle Eastern/World politics and philosophy, and some of his many roles are:-
- Counsellor to the late Prime Minister of The Lebanon, Mr. Rafic Hariri
- Counsellor to Mr. Saad Hariri, Leader of Almustaqbal Parliamentary Group
- Counsellor to the Mufti of The Lebanon.
Guests enjoyed the elegant restaurant’s superb Lebanese food and Mr. Sammak’s insightful and inspiring knowledge.
President Prof. Fadia Ghossayn, Mr. Mohammad Sammak, Mr. Alex Pascoe (Investec), Mr. Sid Khoury (European Car Specialist) with Mr. Eddy Chahine on podium.
On Monday 19 February in the Nicholson Museum of The University of Sydney the Australian Lebanese Foundation held its Annual Award Ceremony attended by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Gavin Brown and other dignified academics. Her Excellency, Prof. Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, presented the awards and warmly congratulated the fine young people who had made great efforts to win prizes in the cultural competition and the undergraduate scholarships.
This year’s ceremony included awards for 10 high school students and four scholarships for people entering Sydney University studies. The audience of around 200 people were from school communities, senior University academics and corporate sponsors of the Foundation.
The Foundation president, Prof. Fadia Ghossayn graciously thanked the ALF sponsors, in particular the Event Sponsor: Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, and presented them with a trophy or an inscribed plaque as a token of gratitude for their support.
Mr Alex Pascoe, MD, Investec Bank, Event Sponsor and Scholarship Sponsor.
Mr James Wakim, MD, Arab Bank, Scholarship Sponsor.
Mr Sid Khoury, MD, European Car Specialist, Scholarship Sponsor.
Sponsors: Hall & Hall Lawyers, Dasco Construction, Dyldam Developments, E Group Security.
Sponsors: National Australia Bank, Bank of Cyprus, Canterbury League Club.
Sponsors: Maincom, Kari & Ghossayn, DIB Specialist Finance, Gelatissimo Coogee.
Sponsors: Sydney University Museums, El Telegraph Newspaper, Annahar Newspaper, The Future Newspaper
An outstanding field applied for the ALF Scholarships for 2007. The four winners were chosen by a panel using criteria of academic achievement in the Higher School Certificate; community, sporting and other contributions made during their school years; demonstrated leadership capacity; interest shown in issues surrounding the Australian Lebanese community; and school reports on progress, attitudes and contributions.
Dr Chris Scarf introducing Scholarship Sponsors and Recipients.
The Arab Bank Australian Lebanese Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Aaisha Ferkh (co-presented by Mr James Wakim, Arab Bank)
Aaisha completed her HSC at Malek Fahd Islamic School. Her academic achievements are remarkable, ranking her among the elite in the State in mathematics and enviable grades in all fields but with particular attraction to chemistry and mathematics.
The daughter of Lebanese migrants, Aaisha has a strong interest in the welfare of her community and the environment. She has taken part time jobs in a doctor’s surgery and has trained for a leadership role in environmental development. Aaisha will enter studies in Pharmacy this year as the first step on her intended pathway to graduate studies in Medicine. Her long term ambition is to be a General Practitioner.
The European Car Specialist Australian Lebanese Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Joe Moukarzel (co-presented by Mr Sid Khoury, European Car Specialist)
Joe migrated to Australia from Lebanon with his parents just six years ago. His primary school training imbued him with discipline and a positive attitude to study. He arrived in Australia fluent in French and Arabic but unfamiliar with English. Within a year he was class captain and winning top marks in English at Patrician Brothers College in Blacktown.
His academic career has remained stellar and has resulted in an excellent ranking in the HSC. Joe’s life is diverse and reflects his positive outlook. He works in his parents’ shop in and out of vacation times, is an achieving basketball player, a school debater and a tournament chess player. Joe will enter studies in Pharmacy this year. His plans are to become a community pharmacist or possibly to engage in pharmaceutical research.
The Investec Bank Australian Lebanese Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Adrian Basha (co-presented by Mr Alex Pascoe, Investec Bank)
Adrian completed his HSC at St Josephs College Hunters Hill. He is a successful all-rounder having excelled in academic and sporting arenas.
He has a strong commercial orientation and will enter a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2007. He looks forward to taking the practical lessons from his contributions to his school and his community into his undergraduate life and then into the corporate sector where he plans to continue to make a significant contribution.
The Australian Lebanese Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Louise Fakhr.
Louise completed her HSC at Our Lady of Lebanon College. She has an outstanding academic record with numerous prizes and awards for mathematics and chemistry won in national competitions. She has been a leader in the classroom and on sporting arenas; she is a committed participant and achiever.
Louise is one of seven children in her family so knows a lot about the dynamics of successful negotiation. She plans to take her love of chemistry and mathematics to new heights as a Pharmacy student and subsequently as a community pharmacist bringing affordable medicines to peoples from all walks of life.
Following the ceremony the Foundation hosted a celebratory dinner for the scholarship recipients and their parents, corporate sponsors and academic supporters in the grand University Refectory Ball Room. Guests were able to further enjoy the traditional Lebanese aoud and flute music.
The evening provided the opportunity for ALF council members to meet the recipients and to express their thanks to sponsors and supporters.
Judging by the feedback, the evening was unanimously deemed a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.