Meski steeped in cul­ture

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Belinda Cipri­ano

THE op­por­tu­nity to work with mi­grant fam­i­lies in her own com­mu­nity is the ideal way to spend her work­ing days, ac­cord­ing to City of Cock­burn di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer Meski Asha­grie.

The mother of two took up the newly cre­ated role at the City about nine months ago and af­ter be­ing in­vited to spend the morn­ing with her, it is ob­vi­ous why she got the role.

The Ham­mond Park lo­cal spends most morn­ings re­ply­ing to res­i­dents who con­tact her via text mes­sages and so­cial me­dia.

Cur­rently work­ing with the City’s Chi­nese com­mu­nity, she is li­ais­ing with res­i­dents on the City’s first ever cul­tural di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion strat­egy plan.

With most res­i­dents un­sure of the ser­vices pro­vided to com­mu­nity mem­bers at the City, she fields ques­tions about ac­tiv­i­ties, work and what the City can help with.

“Many fam­i­lies have no idea what is avail­able,” she said.

“Some know very lit­tle about lo­cal gov­ern­ment, with some even fear it.

“They only know of rates, elec­tions,

The City’s new di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer Meski Asha­grie.

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