Minister welcomes first woman to lead Queensland’s multicultural peak body

Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Honourable Leanne Linard

History has been made with the appointment of the first woman to lead Queensland’s peak multicultural body.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard warmly welcomed Lisa Ward’s appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ).

“Lisa Ward’s appointment comes at a critical time in our state’s history, as we continue the important work of ensuring people in multicultural communities are vaccinated and protected from COVID-19,” she said.

“Collaboration with leaders of multicultural organisations has put us in good stead to avoid many of the issues experienced elsewhere in Australia – and around the world.

“Ms Ward is an accomplished leader who comes to this role with a wealth of government and community experience in working with people and organisations from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

Ms Linard said the ECCQ has a long and proud record of supporting and advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland.

“As the peak body, ECCQ plays a significant role in connecting non-government organisations, supporting government activities and strengthening the delivery of funded community services.

“Their grassroots approach to building capacity in the sector includes delivering leadership training, creating employment pathways, and celebrating the many benefits of cultural diversity.

“They’re experts in helping share critical health information and services that are culturally appropriate and timely.

“It was a pleasure to meet with the ECCQ earlier today and I look forward to working with them to ensure our Queensland’s diverse communities are supported and empowered now and into the future. “

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