Glen Falkenstein to chair ECC Youth

October 22, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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Glen Falkenstein has been elected Youth Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW.

Glen [l] with ECC Life Members Josie and Ian Lacey

Glen [l] with ECC Life Members Josie and Ian Lacey

Jewish community representative Glen Falkenstein has been elected Youth Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council (NSW). The ECC is the peak representative body for all culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW, has been instrumental in reforming NSW anti-racism laws and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work together with ECC Chair Peter Doukas and those elected to the Council to provide a voice for multiculturalism in NSW and promote diversity within our state,” said Falkenstein.
“The work of the ECC is very important, as is the role of young people in promoting co-operation and social cohesion. From strengthening our racial hatred laws to furthering grassroots collaboration, the ECC has played an important role over the past 40 years and I’m glad I can now contribute to this as the organisation’s Youth Chair.”
Falkenstein has been an active participant in intercultural and interfaith activities in NSW in his capacity as a Policy Analyst at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) and Jewish representative to the Australian Youth Parliament of World Religions and believes his election to the ECC will be an opportunity to continue contributing to promoting multiculturalism.
“There are passionate young people and youth-focused organisations who are involved with the ECC and I’m looking forward to doing my bit. It is crucial that members of the Jewish community and other communities work together on promoting social harmony and intercultural co-operation and the ECC is an excellent forum for achieving these goals due to the organisation’s diverse representation and breadth of experience.”
Falkenstein is the second Jewish representative to be an office-bearer of the ECC (after Josie Lacey OAM, who along with her husband Ian Lacey AM are both life members of the ECC) and first representative from the Jewish community to serve as Youth Chair. Falkenstein is a delegate from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies to the ECC.

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