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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 July 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015 15 with pride harassment and discrimination for the newly-enacted EEO legislation, establishing solid relationships with minority groups. "There were numerous highlights of my career," she says, reminiscing about joining the Flemington Racecourse where she got to meet Princess Diana. "The one I treasure most is meeting the Doughnut Man, 26 years ago." When Yiannis Kouros, the famous Greek runner, took part in the Sydney to Melbourne Westfield Run, she was tasked to the Highway Patrol in order to manage the Greeks who were expected to support their compatriot. Calli was sitting in a yellow highway patrol car, advising all the Greek people to stay off the road, mind the traffic and not to pat Yiannis Kouros on the back as he was running along to the finish line. "I got total compliance and applause as I was announcing all this in the Greek language in my Victoria Police uniform," she continues. "A Greek man selling doughnuts on the day took my fancy and my photos; he kept them and was looking for me for over 20 years. "I was deeply touched by his gesture and the lengths he went to in his effort to identify and locate 'the Greek officer lady',” she says, adding that the people she came across have made her cherish every aspect of her career. During her 34 years of service to the force, apart from building the first bridge with the Greek community and fostering good relationships with minority groups through the Equity & Diversity Unit, Kwas also contributed to the establishment of Neighbourhood Watch Programs. "It entails a good sense of achievement to know that I was a pioneer of so many things and even though I just retired my wish is to maintain my connection to Victoria Police and remain an active member," she stresses. Kwas has joined the Blue Ribbon Foundation and will help with the organising of the Blue Ribbon Ball in November this year. In addition, she will also contribute to the Police Museum and the International Police Association whilst promoting the interests of the Past and Present Women Police Association. "Every day I walked from Southern Cross Railway Station to the VPC, thinking how lucky I was to have my health, my beautiful family and to live in one of the best countries in the world," she says. "I still relive these moments every day in my mind, thankful of the privilege to have worked for the best employer, Victoria Police. It couldn't get any better than that." FEATURE Calli during a foot patrol in Prahran. Calli at her 25th year medal presentation. Officer Kwas in the middle posing with her colleagues on St Artemis Day.
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