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Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the August edition of the HACCI Hermes Enews.
 
HACCI Excellence Awards nomination process is now open.
 
We encourage all our members and friends to nomination someone they know and/or organsiations that exemplifies excellence within our community.
 
The seven award categories are:
  • Spiros Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence
  • Award for Professional Excellence
  • Award for Community Service
  • Award for Sporting Excellence presented by Heidelberg United Alexander FC
  • Award for Women of Influence presented by Melbourne Business School
  • Chris Saristavros Young Achievers Award
Read the award categories and download a nomination form here. Nominations close 13 October 2017.

Entries must be sent to:
HACCI Excellence Awards
Former Royal Mint
2/280 William Street,
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Or via email info@hacci.com.au

Enquiries to the HACCI Office on (03) 9602 2977 or email: info@hacci.com.au

Enjoy this edition and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Georgegina Poulos
HACCI Chair 

      
HYPN NETWORKING EVENT: SPEED MENTORING 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

The next HYPN event is sure to be a great experience for all participants. Join us for Speed Networking on 14 September 2017. Tickets are free for HYPN members and $25 for guests. Places are limited so book your place ASAP!



HACCI EXCELLENCE AWARDS GALA BALL: FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017 - BOOK NOW



HACCI INTERN THRIVES WITH HELP FROM FEDERAL MP 

Monash University student and HACCI Intern, Rhea Gotsis, has begun a research internship with Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP that will look at ways in which the Greek Financial Crisis has impacted on Australia, and ways in which Australia can assist the European nation as part of HACCI’s internship programme.
 
Ms Vamvakinou says political internships are important for students to gain knowledge of Australia’s political system whilst experiencing first-hand the workings of an electorate office, and the parliamentary duties of a Federal Member.
 
“Internships are a great way for university students to thoroughly investigate an area of interest,” says Ms Vamvakinou.
 
For the next three months, Ms Gotsis - who is in her third year at Monash University studying a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Relations / Studies – will research her chosen topic with Ms Vamvakinou’s guidance and present a final paper.
 
“Working with Ms Vamvakinou has been an advantage as it has allowed me to pursue an angle not yet focused on, and that is Australia’s ability to assist Greece in this time of crisis,” Ms Gotsis said.
 
“With guidance from Maria’s office, I will be able to narrow down the primary pillars of Australian foreign policy, and seek the ways in which these may be supported if Australia attempts to assist Greece politically, economically or culturally.”
 
Apart from having one on one time with Ms Vamvakinou, Ms Gotsis says she is fortunate this internship has allowed her to make critical contacts such as European Union members; political leaders; and representatives of the Greek community in Australia. 
 
“To have such a large range of sources providing me with extensive diversity on the project has given me great motivation to ensure I explore every angle possible and compose a piece surrounding a topic which is yet to receive considerable attention,” the student said.
 
HACCI’s internship program connects young people with quality host organisations to gain valuable work experience and mentoring for a set period of time.  If you would like to participate in the HACCI Internship Program as an intern or host organisation, please contact us.
 
HACCI thanks Ms. Vamvakinou for her support of the Internship Program and wishes Ms Gotsis every success in her internship role.

 

L-R  Rhea Gotsis with Member for Callwell Maria Vamvakinou MP

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH  OF THE GREAT GREEK WRITER - NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS 


2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of the great Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis. As part of these celebrations, Q44 Theatre, will be performing the world and Australian premier of a new Australian play, NK: A Kazantzakian Montage, by author Howard Dossor in November 2017.
 
This play is about the life of Nikos Kazantzakis, and this production is offered as a major celebration of his life and work. The Greek community is invited to participate by seeing this moving exposition of his life and thought, which will be performed at the Q44 Theatre 1st Floor, 550 Swan Street, Richmond.
 
Q44 Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation and is seeking support from the Greek community. If you are considering a donation to charity this year, why not consider the arts. By donating a small amount of your choice, you will be helping to contribute to the production of this play. All donations are tax deductible.
 
Kazantzakis was celebrated for his novels, which include Zorba the Greek (published 1946 as Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas), Christ Recrucified (1948), Captain Michalis (1950, translated 'Freedom or Death), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1955). He also wrote plays, travel books, memoirs and philosophical essays.
 
Universally recognised as a giant of modern Greek literature, he was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His fame was further spread in the English speaking world by cinematic adaptations of Zorba the Greek (1964) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
 
The montage will pique the curiosity of the audience and encourage you to go on your own journey of discovery by reading his work.
 
For more information please contact Kostas Philopoulos on +61 414 803 697, email kostas@q44.com.au or visit Q44 Theatre’s website and Facebook page to find out more.


THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE AUSTRALIAN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


At a time of unprecedented unemployment among Greece’s youth, The Hellenic Initiative’s Australian Internship Program is giving talented Greek graduates an opportunity to work for six months in their field in Australian companies.


Since the program was launched in June 2015, 12 Greek graduates have completed paid internships in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, working in the architecture, engineering, marketing and banking fields. Host companies have included ANZ, NAB, Cox Architects and Hickory. A civil engineer is currently working with Raptis Group on the Gold Coast and Bank of Sydney is set to welcome an intern to its head office later this month.

The experience gained in Australia has provided interns with a firm footing in Greece's difficult job market, with the majority finding employment soon after their return to Greece.

If your company is interested in offering a young Greek graduate a placement, please contact info@thehelleniciniitiative.com.au or 03 9012 8967.

THI Australia is hosting a Sydney Gala Dinner at the Sydney Town Hall on 6 October - featuring an exclusive performance by Alkistis Protopsalti - as part of the One Greece 2017 national series of events. Tickets are available here.



L-R Lida Christou and Lito Konstantiou, civil engineering interns at Hickory

HELLENIC MUSEUM - SYDNEY NOLAN: THE GREEK SERIES                                  

Be part of an amazing piece of Hellenic-Australian history by supporting the Hellenic Museum's Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming exhibition, Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series.

Your gift, at any level, will help to showcase this amazing exhibition of artworks created by Sidney Nolan during a visit to the Greek island of Hydra in 1955-56.

Many of these artworks have never before been publicly exhibited. Exploring the mythology, culture and landscape of Greece, these works proved to form one of the most influential periods of Nolan's career.

GREEK FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH "ROZA OF SMYRNA"   

Always a sell-out event, this year’s Opening Night Gala will once again deliver a big night for all to enjoy. In George Kordellas’ remarkable debut feature Roza of Smyrna, Dimitris is a collector from a renowned Athenian museum who uncovers a story of star-crossed lovers while searching for artefacts in the lost city of Smyrna.

During a research trip in the Turkish city of Izmir, Dimitris stumbles upon three historic curiosities buried in the depths of a small antique shop: an old photograph, a wedding dress stained with blood, and a letter. His search to uncover the truth behind these items leads him to the enigmatic Roza, matriarch of a once powerful family who has been holding the weight of the past on her shoulders for decades.

Opening night Gala

The Astor

1 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

7.00pm screening followed by after-party.


Visit the website for more details. 


AGAPI CARE GALA BALL - 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Join AGAPI Care as they celebrate 30 years of inclusivity!   
 


PAPASTRATOS LAUNCHES MEGA PLAN 

Papastratos announces major investment by Phillip Morris International and recruitment of 400 new positions at their factory in Aspropyrgo, Greece. Read more here.


HACCI EVENT CALENDAR

Here are the upcoming HACCI events:

14 September  
HYPN - Speed Mentoring

10 October 
Business Insights Series

17 October
The Telesilla Effect - WOmen in Construction: Stilettos to Steel Caps 


17 November    
HACCI Awards for Excellence Gala Ball

5 December
Business Insights Series

 

MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL UPDATE  


The quality of teaching at Melbourne Business School owes much to the calibre of our supporters, as exemplified by the Hibberd Lectureship, named after one of Australia’s most significant nation builders and held in 2017 by gender-bias expert Professor Cordelia Fine.

To read the full article click here.


MESSAGE FROM HACCI’S MAIN PARTNER, BANK OF SYDNEY



HACCI ENEWS LINK OF THE MONTH

A nostalgic look at Sophia Loren and Tony Maroudas singing and dancing in Hydra Island.


 

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