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MulticulturalNT June 2008 To the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community of Alice Springs and outlying communities, here we are at your service. Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia (MCSCA-pronounced misca) as it is now known, replaced the old Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in 2003. Located at the end of the hallway next to the health food shop and opposite ANZ Bank in Parsons Street, many have found it difficult to reach but from these narrow premises we provide a whole range of services to the CALD community of Alice Springs. CALD? People of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is todays jargon. And they are many in our growing multicultural town, from the former European settlers after WWII to the more recent refugees from Africa. Established to assist the harmonious settlement of migrants and refugees, MCSCA has been seen in the community in the recent Harmony Day celebration at the Town Council, and the colourful Bangtail Muster Parade, with a UTE theme (eg. brUte can be cUte, and the flUTE is never mUTEetc) MCSCA has also won the Community Prize presented by Rotary. Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Inc. 2/20 Parsons Street - PO Box 1160, Alice Springs, NT 0871 ph. 088952 8776 - fax 088952 5176 info@mcsca.org.au - ABN 90 939 917 989 Also present at all citizenship ceremonies, MSCCA assists new comers to apply and successfully obtain their citizenship in their country of adoption. It facilitates the appointment of interpreters and translators when required. At the recent 20th anniversary celebrations of the Interpreting and Translating Service of the NT, three interpreters from Alice Springs were honoured with an award for their commitment to the profession: Leonie Bowey, long-term coordinator of the previous MRC; Maya Cifali, now Chairperson of MCSCA; and Carmel Batson of IAD. It provides workshops and seminars to raise multicultural awareness to other service providers and government agencies. It encourages engagement among all people to combat isolation that often accompanies re-settlement through activities for young children and their mothers (SuSu Mama) and the Intergenerational Group. Community participation in MCSCA activities is the way ahead Please give us a call or come and visit! Yours in harmony, Maya Cifali Chairperson MCSCA Carmel (AUSLAN) and Leonie (Tagalog Filipino) Carmel, Maya and Keiko (Japanese)