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Celebrating the Remarkable Journey of Randa Kattan: A Farewell to a Fearless Leader

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After twenty-six impactful years, the eventful journey of Randa Kattan as Chief Executive Officer of Arab Council Australia is coming to an end. Randa’s unwavering commitment to the communities she serve and the values of the organisation has been without question. With Randa at the helm, the challenges that have faced the organisation and the community have been met head on, with unwavering and fearless determination. It takes an incredible amount of hard work, resoluteness and vigilance to keep fighting and standing up even when it’s not the popular thing to do, and Randa has never shied away from a fight – especially when social justice was at stake.

On Thursday, 23 May 2024, Arab Council Australia held a farewell event at the La Castelle Venue in Bankstown to honour Randa Kattan’s immense contributions and celebrate her legacy. The event, attended by a host of distinguished guests and community leaders, was a testament to the profound impact Randa has had on the organisation and the broader community.

Among the notable attendees were Jihad Dib, MP for Bankstown and Minister of Emergency Services, Youth Justice, and Customer Service; Julia Finn, Member for Granville; Clr Bilal El Hayek, Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown; Clr Rachelle Harika, Deputy Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown; Clr Ola Hamed, Deputy Mayor of Cumberland; and a host of other community leaders and media representatives. Their presence underscored the high regard in which Randa is held across various sectors.

The evening was filled with heartfelt speeches that highlighted Randa’s achievements and the indelible mark she has left on the organisation. Colleagues, friends, and community members shared touching anecdotes and expressed their gratitude for her tireless work and fearless advocacy for social justice.

In recognition of her service, Randa was presented with several gifts, each symbolising the deep appreciation and respect she has garnered over the years. The climax of the evening saw Randa herself take the stage, where she delivered an inspiring farewell address. In her speech, she reflected on her journey, thanked her colleagues and supporters, and introduced her successor, Hassan Moussa, who will now lead Arab Council Australia into the future.

Randa Kattan’s legacy is one of courage, dedication, and unwavering commitment to justice and community service. Her impact will be felt for many years to come, and her example will continue to inspire those who follow in her footsteps.

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