Liverpool Community Welcome Dinner at Casula Powerhouse
In March we had a huge Community Welcome Dinner at the Casula Powerhouse Museum. Despite some minor setbacks with the trains not running to Casula Station right before the Dinner, the evening kicked off to a great start, with around 130 attendees, including heaps of families and many others coming from around the Liverpool area to share a great night of conversation and food.
Some of our smaller guests, whose interests quite commonly included soccer and sport, were very enthused with the Dinner and the amazing space, making new friends and exploring the huge museum with their parents.
There were plenty of amazing dishes, with alot of Iraqi families bringing their traditional family Biryani dishes, some deliciously sweet Phillippino desserts and some beautiful Chinese stir fries.
We were honored to have Indigenous local Elder, Uncle Stephen Williams from the Wiradjuri People, lead a beautiful Welcome to Country and speech, as well as a lovely introduction by our emcee and WDP founder Penny Elsley.
Also, a big thank you to Meredith Stuebe and Rachel Haywood from the LMRC, Shabnam Bhana from the Liverpool Council and the staff at the Casula Powerhouse Museum. These wonderful women are very committed to the vision of the WDP and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with them. As for our own WDP family the evening would not have been possible without Freyja Dixon, one of our Co ordinators who has now moved overseas to Laos to continue community work, assistant coordinator Emilia Laveng, Darren Adams, Ruth Pickering and the rest of the facilitators, translators and child minders who made the trip out to Liverpool after work, thank you!