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Melissa Monteiro

CEO, Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC)

Melissa has managed the CMRC for the last 20 years and works closely with community leaders in Western Sydney to create greater social impact. Melissa has empowered and mentored many not-for-profit organisations and individuals. She is passionate about migrant and refugee women, humanitarian resettlement and social justice issues. Melissa has an extensive background in advocating for and developing services for vulnerable and at-risk communities. Melissa has won the Western Sydney University Community Services Award in 2013. Melissa is currently the chairperson of the Settlement Council of Australia, board director of Western Sydney Community Forum & Anti-Discrimination Board NSW.

Judges choice winner: Collaborator

“ I believe that Collaboration is about building relationships, breaking down walls, listening to understand & finding answers to the bigger questions together.” - Melissa Monteiro

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