Timeline for the Australian Lebanese Foundation


August 2008

On Friday 18th July the Ghossayn Group generously sponsored a lunch event held by the ALF in honour of his Beatitude Cardinal Mar Nas’rallah Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch and the East.

Lunch event

Distinguished guests included his Excellency Dr. John Daniel, Australian Ambassador for Lebanon and his wife Mireille Daniel; Mrs. Ghada Naoum representing the Lebanese General Consul Mr. Robert Naoum; Dr. Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of Sydney;

Lunch event

Bishop Vicar Mazloum, General Vicar of Lebanon; Bishop Baysari; Bishop Choukrallah Harb; Bishop Madi, and Reverend Clergy.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation and those gathered to pay tribute to the Cardinal’s remarkable achievements and leadership.

Lunch event

After guests were seated the MC Mr Joe Rizk welcomed everyone and asked Prof. Ghossayn to make the official toast and introduce the newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Dr. Michael Spence. Dr. Spence was very welcoming and enthusiastically voiced his continuing support of the ALF. Cardinal Sfeir responded with a heartfelt speech. (you are welcome to view Cardinal Sfeir’s and Prof. Ghossayn’s speech on the link below.)


Read Prof. Ghossayn's Speech
Read Cardinal Sfeirs Speech

Joe Rizk (Arab Bank), George Ghossayn (Ghossayn Group), Fawaz Sankari (Commonwealth Bank), Sid Khoury (European Car Specialist), Ambassador John Daniel, Cardinal Sfeir, Prof. Fadia Ghossayn, Dr. Michael Spence, James Wakim (Arab Bank)

Cardinal Sfeir

Cardinal Sfeir at podium

Council members and the Cardinal

ALF Council Members with Cardinal Sfeir


Cardinal Sfeir signing Certificate of Gratitude to George Ghossayn


May 2008

On 7th May the ALF held its sixth annual general meeting where the minutes of the 2007 AGM were tabled and accepted. The treasurer presented the 2007 financial statements and the new year’s office bearers were elected, seconded and accepted.

Office Bearers:-
Professor Fadia Ghossayn was re-elected as President. Mr. Joe Rizk was elected as First Vice-President. Dr. Chris Scarf was re-elected Second Vice-President. Mr. Denis Hall was re-elected as Secretary. Mr. Mansour Youssef was re-elected as Treasurer.

Elected members:-
Dr. Glen Coorey; Ms. Josiane Deiri; Ms. Nola Deiri; Mr. Pierre El Alam; Ms. Mecca Laalaa; Mr. Joseph Khattar; Ms. Diane Ranck; Dr. Jamal Rifi; Dr. Saade Saade.

April 2008

GP honoured for bridging racial divide.
Kathryn Eccles

Sydney GP Dr. Jamal Rifi has won national recognition for his tireless work to promote racial harmony.

The Lebanese Australian doctor who works in Lakemba, a suburb in south western Sydney with a large Lebanese population, was awarded the 2007 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Individual Community Award.

President of the Lakemba Sports Club for the past three years, Dr. Rifi was a pioneer in helping to introduce Muslim lifeguards to Sydney’s beaches after the 2005 Cronulla riots.

The GP intends to use the award as a springboard to educate Australians of all races about race tolerance.

“Although I feel very honoured I also feel very responsible that I use this award to project the real voice that represents the Australian community. It will give me the inspiration to keep moving forward” he said.

Dr. Rifi was a commissioner of the NSW Community Relations Commission for four years and as president of Lakemba Sports Club helped membership soar from 100 to 500. Both Muslims and Christians use the renovated clubhouse for prayer on allocated days.


April 2008

Podium view

On 16 April the Australian Lebanese Foundation held a cocktail function to mark the announcement of a major new sponsor of the Foundation, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The celebration was held in the stunning showroom of the European Car Specialist and the General Manager, Mr. Sid Khoury, and his staff were the perfect hosts offering guests gourmet food prepared by his on-site chef and a selection of fine beverages, while live music pleasantly entertained guests in the background.


The MC, Mr. Eddy Chahine introduced Mr. Geoff Wearne (General Manager, Corporate Financial Services NSW/ACT), Ms. Karen Carter (Regional Executive Manager, Corporate Financial Services) and Mr. Fawaz Sankari (Area Manager – Bankstown – Liverpool – Macarthur, Corporate Financial Services) from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Geoff handed over a cheque for $15,000 to the ALF President, Prof. Fadia Ghossayn who formally thanked the CBA for their sponsorship and presented Geoff with a crystal trophy acknowledging the CBA as the ALF major sponsor for 2008.

Prof. Ghossayn also presented Mr. Sid Khoury with a crystal trophy acknowledging the European Car Specialist as an ALF sponsor for 2008.

ALF First Vice President

ALF First Vice-President Eddy Chahine, MC

Director of European Car Specialist

Sid Khoury, Director European Car Specialist, function host and ALF sponsor 2008

CBA Cheque

Geoff Wearne and Prof. Fadia Ghossayn with CBA cheque


Karen Carter, Geoff Wearne, Prof. Fadia Ghossayn and Fawaz Sankari


CBA Management presenting 2008 sponsorship cheque to ALF Council


Dr. Glen Coorey, Shirley Symond and Eddy Chahine

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