Happy New Year to all those associated with the Federation of Indian Associations of ACT (FINACT) and its numerous member associations – including those recently added to the FINACT umbrella: Indian Students Association – ANU and Sprintz Inc!
I love this time of year. It is the perfect opportunity to look back over the year gone by and consider what I and my family have done, what we could have done differently, and often what we should have done more of. At the same time, it invites us to look forward, to dream dreams, and to make plans to accomplish those dreams. It is a time of both reflection and expectation, continuity and change.
I was witness to this interplay of continuity and change in November when I had the privilege to join with delegates from various FINACT member associations to farewell His Excellency Mr Navdeep Singh Suri, formerly the High Commissioner of India in Australia, knowing that in only two weeks he would be replaced by His Excellency Dr Ajay M. Gondane.
And speaking of consistency, hearty congratulations to BJSM PK-XI for winning the Westpac FINACT T-20 Cricket Tournament for the second year in a row!
I have greatly enjoyed the opportunities I had in 2016 to interact with delegates from FINACT’s various member associations and with those who serve on the executive committee. I congratulate all involved on the great good that they accomplished last year and sincerely wish the ACT’s diverse and active Indian communities a rewarding and prosperous new year. I look forward to what I know will be many richly rewarding future interactions.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
Elizabeth Kikkert MLA
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services