PREMIER'S COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
A Premier's Community Service Award was presented today to Vahideh Hosseini by the Member for Lismore, Thomas George.
Vahideh was born in Iran (Persia). Due to religious persecution she had to flee her country for the relative safety of India. It was here that she was granted refugee status by the United Nations.
Vahideh decided to complete her University studies (Bachelors Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Regional Planning and Doctor of Philosophy).
In 1987 she migrated with her family to Australia with the help and the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Soon after her arrival she was employed by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Refugee Women. And later she was employed by the Department of Immigration in Bankstown.
Vahideh spent most of her time in Lismore working for Red Cross as the Regional Manager for Northern NSW and was grateful to be able to give something back to those who helped her.
In 1999 Vahideh was presented with the Service Award in recognition of her service with Red Cross and she is a Life Subscriber of Australian Red Cross NSW. In 2003 Red Cross awarded her with The Long Service Award.
In 2002 Vahideh was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Employee award at "The Glynn" Lismore Business Awards.
In 2005 she was honoured with an award for 25 years of service to the community from the Federation of Ethnic Community Council of Australia, the national peak body that promotes community harmony and social justice.
When severe Tropical Cyclone Larry crossed the tropical North Queensland coast near Innisfail during the morning of Monday 20 March 2006 Vahideh was called to action. Later she was honoured with a QLD State Medal for her support to the communities affected.
When thousands of residents in the Hunter region were affected by the torrent of floodwater in June 2007, Vahideh was activated again to help. Later she received the NSW State Award for her role.
Vahideh has also helped during the floods that hit Mackay, the Far & Mid North Coast of NSW, the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria and many more disasters.
Vahideh and her husband have two children. Their spare time is devoted to promoting the unity of humankind and the equality of men and women.
Vahideh is a worthy recipient of the Premiers Award.