Proposed merger between Diversitat and MACS
Two of the Geelong region’s largest and longest serving multicultural organisations – Diversitat and Multicultural Aged Care Services (MACS) – have agreed in-principle to merge to become one new organisation.
According to MACS CEO, Joy Leggo, this proposed merger is an exciting proposition for both entities.
“Both MACS and Diversitat have a number of synergies and we have identified this proposed merger as an exciting opportunity worth exploring,” Ms Leggo said.
“Each organisation has shared values of diversity, dignity, respect, and empowerment for multicultural people living in and around Geelong.’
“Bigger is not always better, but in this case, we truly believe it is. The proposed merger will enable us to grow in size, scale and impact. It will allow us to continue to provide the very best care and support for the multicultural people in the Gee long region in all stages of their lives,” Ms Leggo said.
Interim CEO for Diversitat, Brian McMahon, believes the proposed new organisation would create a stronger voice for multicultural people in Geelong. “With each of these two organisations in their own right having a proven track record of providing high quality care, the synergies are strong, and it really does make sense,” Mr McMahon said.
“The proposed merger combines 70 years of knowledge and experience between the two organisations which we hope will impact and empower even more people in profound ways as we strive to create a united approach to caring for the Geelong region’s migrant community of all ages,” Mr McMahon said.
According to Mr McMahon the two organisations have a long history of working together as the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council was instrumental in the formation of MACS in 1994.
A steering committee, with the assistance of a Project Officer, will conduct a thorough review of the combined assets, funding commitments, staffing and services across both of the organisations. The steering committee will then work with the leadership teams to cast a new vision for the future.