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LIFE MEMBERSHIP TO GEORGE ZANGALIS
Awarded by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria
Melbourne: The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) announced the award of Life Member-ship to George Zangalis, a founding figure in Ethnic Community Broadcasting in Australia.
This honour has been awarded to only six other individuals over ECCV’s five-decade history.
"I acknowledge and accept with deep appreciation and a sense of profound solidarity the honour of life ECCV membership," George said, upon receiving the award.
George was born in Greece in 1931, the fourth in a family of five children. He grew up during the Resistance of the Greek people against the German occupation and the post World War II Greek civil war. He came to Australia in February 1950. George became immediately involved in the working class and progressive organisations in the Greek community, the wider Australian labour movement, and the fledgling multicultural campaigns, a commitment he keeps to this day.
George has been awarded Life Membership in recognition of his commitment and energetic advocacy on behalf of migrant communities in Australia. He was one of ECCV’s foundation members and a leading official with national peak, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia.
He pioneered Ethnic Community Broadcasting, serving on the ABC State and National Advisory Councils and the SBS Board in the early 1980s. George is currently a life member and a current affairs broadcaster in Melbourne’s ethnic community radio station 3ZZZ.He served for many terms as 3ZZZ President as well as President of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council of Australia, the ACTU’s Migrant Workers Committee and the Public Transport Union Of Australia (Victoria). He authored the Study Migrant Workers and Ethnic Communities ,a Short History of Ethnic Broadcasting in Australia and the Golden Holden.
In 2003, George was awarded the Centenary Medal for his services to Australia and especially the ethnic communities.
"We look forward to an opportunity to celebrate George Zangalis’ Life Membership and his lifetime achievements after the current public health crisis has passed", Eddie Micallef, Chairperson of ECCV, said.
"On behalf of our Board, staff and members we thank George for his leadership and service to the ECCV and multicultural communities in Victoria."
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