Diversitat CEO Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez resigns as CEO of Diversitat

Michael Martinez has announced that he will be standing down as Diversitat CEO at the end of February after 14 years in the role.

President of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic, said that the Executive Board, staff and the community would be very sad to see Michael leave.

“Michael is leaving a legacy that is hard to match. Commencing as an Employment Officer in 1996, he has then gone on to coordinate and manage multiple programs across many disciplines.”

“In Michael’s 14 years as CEO, he has continued to grow Diversitat from its humble beginnings. He has gained the respect of our communities, politicians and continuously lobbied government for better services for our clients and their families.”

“He has done this with passion, enthusiasm and a vision to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to contribute to their own future.”

“The Executive would like to thank Michael for his invaluable service and express its best wishes for his future endeavours. It has been a pleasure to work with him over the last 26 years.” Dr Petkovic said.

Michael Martinez said that his time with Diversitat was an inspiring and rewarding experience.

“There were many wonderful accomplishments over this time.”

“The Diversitat Northern Community Hub was purpose-built, along with other initiatives such as the Hope Community Garden, Men’s Shed and Women’s Shed, and the Aged Support Healthy Living Centre.”

“We have created a community for our communities.”

“We have gone on to further support our local community by taking on smaller social enterprises including the 94.7 The Pulse radio station, Wholefoods, Oppe Shoppe and reworking them into sustainable businesses that have continued to support our community.”

“More recently, we have opened My Maintenance Crew, a social enterprise which provides a pathway for young people to move into employment. I am very pleased with its progress and urge both the government and community to support its continued growth.”

“However, the most rewarding aspect has been witnessing the excitement in our staff when they hear that we have successfully helped a refugee family, or when I meet graduates from our Training department and they have secured a job and are doing really well.”

“Being able to greet the clients at the Healthy Living Centre and knowing that we provide them with a safe, warm place to come for the day,” Mr Martinez said.

“Diversitat’s future is looking bright. The Northern Community Hub now hosts the majority of our staff making us one of the largest employers in the Northern suburbs.”

“We recently launched the Diversability Centre that will bring improved health, education and lifestyle options to people with a disability in CALD communities in the Geelong region.

“Our Aged Support Healthy Living Centre was last year named the most outstanding multicultural community support group in the world at the Enablement Awards in London.”

“I would like to thank the wonderful staff, our dedicated volunteers, the Geelong community, the Executive Board – and particularly President Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic – who has been great support not only to me, but our Community.”

An interim acting CEO will be appointed while a recruitment process is undertaken.