Offering warm welcome

13d853abe311c205e19504817415ea86_resized1.jpgby Lauren McMah
  Fairfield councillor Sam Yousif has been named as one of 40 People of Australia Ambassadors. Picture: Nick Andrean

FOR 27 years Fairfield councillor Sam Yousif has worked hard to ensure Australia was a welcoming place for migrants.

Cr Yousif, a well-established builder and executive director of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, has been named as one of 40 People of Australia Ambassadors. He said he saw the appointment as a gesture of thanks from the community he worked so hard to serve.

“When I came to Australia I needed someone to help me so I know how important it is to help make people’s lives easier, mobilise them and educate them and help them live in Australia,” he said.

“Every time I help someone in the community, and it doesn’t matter where they come from or what their religion is, it makes me happy and proud.”

Cr Yousif was the president of the Chaldean Australian Culture Society from 1995 to 1997 and was elected to council in 2008. He is the general coordinator for the Chaldean National Congress and a chairperson for St Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

His role will be to advise the government on migrant affairs through the Australian Multicultural Council. “We are all one community, no matter what nationality, what religion, what colour; we are all one – we are all Aussies.”