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Carmen Lazar receives OAM

Feb-01-2014 at 05:54 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 02/01/2014 at 05:55 AM (UTC3 Nineveh, Assyria)
OAM recipient: Bonnyrigg Heights resident Carmen Lazar. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Carmen Lazar receives OAM
by Bianca Martins. Fairfield City Champion, January 28, 2014.

“I am greatly honoured and surprised as I feel that as a citizen I have a duty of care to fulfil my commitments to my community.”

— Carmen Lazar

CARMEN Lazar is often the first point of contact to offer help and support to new migrants in the area.

That work has now been rewarded.

The centre manager and settlement officer at the Assyrian Resource Centre in Fairfield was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day for her contribution to the Assyrian community.

"I am greatly honoured and surprised as I feel that as a citizen I have a duty of care to fulfil my commitments to my community," she said.

The Bonnyrigg Heights resident is the deputy chairwoman of the Community Participation Network at Fairfield Hospital, an executive board member at Cabramatta Community Centre, as well as an active member at the Fairfield Migrant Interagency Network, the Immigrant Women's Network and the National Council of Churches in Australia.

She was the vice-president and secretary of the Assyrian Australian Association from 1996 to 2008, the principal of the Assyrian Diqlat Language School since 2001 and is the vice-president of the Assyrian Australian National Federation.

When asked why she dedicated so much of her time to helping the Assyrian community, Mrs Lazar said it was due to how she was raised.

"I was raised and taught by my parents to always love, respect and help in every way I can, and not to forget who I am and where I come from," she said.

"I thank my parents for their upbringing and love, and making me the person I am today by helping my beloved Assyrian community."

Carmen Lazar receives OAM

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
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» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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