MERGER BETWEEN MACS & DIVERSITAT
As a result of a merger between the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council Inc (trading as Diversitat), and Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong Inc (MACS). MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES GEELONG INC MCSG was incorporated in the State of Victoria on 10 December 2020. Both Boards approved the decision to merge in November 2020, viewing the change as a combination of two equal organisations and emphasising positivity, cohesion and collaboration. The decision followed formal approval from a Special General Meeting of Diversitat affiliated communities.
The merger is designed to leverage the history, expertise and resources of Diversitat and MACS as two of the Geelong region’s largest and longest serving multicultural organisations. MCSG will maintain and expand services and provide a stronger voice for multicultural communities in Greater Geelong, combining 70 years of knowledge and experience from the two organisations. In January 2021, the Board commenced discussions on the development of the initial MCSG Strategic Plan.
Established in 1976, Diversitat has a core set of services and business operations that support the multicultural communities in the region, with an emphasis on building social justice. First known as the Geelong Migrant Resource Centre and later the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, the change in name to Diversitat occurred in 2005. This reflects the broader diversity of services offered across a wider geographical area. Diversitat offers services in settlement, community development, youth services, aged support, training and education, as well as arts and events. It also manages The Pulse Community Radio and the Belmont Oppe Shoppe. Candidate Brief – General Manager Community Aged & Disability Authorised by Joy Leggo, CEO, MCSG 20 August 2021 Diversitat, also known as Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, is a registered charity and a not-for-profit community service organisation
The Diversitat and MACS governing bodies decided that MCSG should be established as a new and separate entity. The decision to appoint an initial independent Chair who was not a governance member from either Diversitat or MACS reflects a good faith commitment from both organisations to approach the merger as two equal organisations. To enable commencement of planning for MCSG, Spiro Fatouros was appointed as Interim Chair, and Linda Sydor-Petkovic as Interim Secretary. Both Spiro and Linda will step down from these MCSG Board leadership roles once the new Chair and Secretary are appointed.
MCSG was established as an incorporated association in Victoria. It is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Both Diversitat and MACS are progressively rolling their operations into the newly established incorporated entity, which will hold new registrations and transferring registrations (where possible) to undertake the activities of Diversitat and MACS.
In 2021, the MCSG Board conducted a process to select and appoint the Chief Executive Officer. Joy Leggo, MACS inaugural CEO, was appointed CEO MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES GEELONG INC MCSG and commenced on Monday 3 May 2021. Joy is also currently the CEO of Diversitat.
The MCSG Executive Team commenced on Monday 9 August 2021. Most of the positions have been filled by executives from MACS and Diversitat.