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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 September 2015
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015 Sia won it! Sia Psicharis: Beauty Salon Director of the Year Sia Psicharis has been awarded the Beauty Salon Director of the Year Award 2015. The awards ceremony took place last weekend in Sydney, where the 'who'swho' of the beauty industry gathered. Melbourne-born Psicharis, with more than 12 years in the industry and the last nine running her own business, has won more than 10 awards in recent years at similar events. Ms Psicharis, of Cypriot and Peloponnese heritage, told Neos Kosmos that gender doesn't play a role in today's business world. "We have gone through this stage," she says, adding that training, experience and passion dictate those who climb to success. Sia says that winning this award confirms her belief that regardless of barriers, there is always an innovative solution. "Directorship comes with results, results come from an inspiring dedicated team." She thanked her family, friends and colleagues who had helped realise her "crazy ideas". A philanthropist as well as a salon owner, Sia supports a number local charities as well as 'Spoil a Red Cross Volunteer' every month. Sia has also developed her own 'Ismini' heat pack using home-grown lavender. The product is named after her grandmother. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Father’s Day celebrations at Alphington Grammar School The tradition of celebrating Father's Day has become a big occasion at Alphington Grammar School as has Mother's Day and Grandparent's Day. The Andrianakos Centre was again filled to capacity to hear special guest, The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, speak on anxiety, depression and practical ways to help the whole community acknowledge mental health matters and what can be done about it. As the founder of beyond blue, Mr Kennett has applied all of his experience, passion and tenacity to drive the success of the national, not-forprofit organisation. Principal Dr Vivianne Nikou said that when she approached Mr Kennett earlier in the year at the book launch for Professor Tamis' book, Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania, Mr Kennett, a wellknown Philhellene, did not hesitate to throw his support behind the school's fundraising efforts. Dr Nikou said that: "We now see one in four Australians will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, predicted to overtake heart disease by 2030". "School-aged children list coping with stress, body image and depression as the greatest concerns they have to navigate". Sia in Sydney for the awards ceremony. Members of the GOCMV led by the chairman, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, Dr Marinis Pirpiris, Dr Jim Bossinakis, the chairman of School Council, Mr Nick Koukouvitakis and other council members gathered with other dignitaries such as Victorian Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Emilios Kyrou, Mayor of the City of Yarra Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis and the newly-placed resident chaplain of Evangelismos, the Very Reverend Father Kosmas, together with members of the media and the banking, legal and commercial world to add their weight behind such a worthy cause. Dr Nikou said she "couldn't be more delighted to see the strength of the community gathered at the breakfast prepared to have a conversation about such a growing issue in our community”. “Mr Kennett left us with three top tips for maintain- ing balance and managing anxiety and stress,” she said. 1. Wake up each morning grateful that we have the day ahead of us. 2. Each night, think about the day, acknowledge the things that have gone well and thank about the things that didn't go so well that day. 3. When you face something that isn't so great - his example was losing the state election - think about how important that thing really is on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the absolute worst thing that could happen). For Mr Kennett, while he didn't expect to lose the election, he rated it only a 1 or 2 in the scheme of the things that really matter and are important to him. These were simple, but very effective practical ideas that resonated with everyone, said Dr Nikou. Guests enjoyed a fully cooked breakfast and the chance to bid on some great auction items. The morning was complete with the ‘Great Car Race’ to fit in with the theme of "getting your health back on track". MUnGA members and friends hit the dancefloor Members and friends of Melbourne University's Greek Association (MUnGA) gathered at Kinisi earlier this month to let off some steam and celebrate their culture. A night full of kefi, Greek music enthusiasts took to the table tops, dancing to live music by the Rythmos band. Newly-formed Macedonian dance group 'O Periklis' also performed on the night, accompanied by a traditional halkina band. Stefanos Levoyiannis on lyra and Dimitri Tsombanopouloson on the daouli gave a surprise performance of traditional Pontian songs, before DJ Niiki Katifori put a modern spin on the night. "Munga welcomes indiscriminately, to not only our tavern night but all events, Hellenes and Philhellenes who are passionate about Hellenic culture and tradi- tions, and are eager to meet, network and build friendships with other like-minded people. I am a proud to provide this opportunity," said president of the association, Nick Tzoudidis. Organised by president Tzoutzidis, vice-president Tia Kallianis, treasurer John Liacopoulos, secretary Pamela Papadopoulos, along with a number of committee members, MUnGA aspires to be more than a social club. Earlier this s year, the association made a generous contribution to the Altona Greek Churches and Fronditha Care for the sum of $2500. a Young Greek Australians enjoying a heartfelt zeibekiko. Student members of MUnGA.
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