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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 July 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019 7 BUSINESS Etiko gets Good Design Award for Fashion Impact Joseph Assaf felt “humbled” to see how the awards have grown. Ethnic Business Awards Foundation launched in Sydney GEORGE MPLIOKAS After more than three decades of the Ethnic Business Awards, the Foundation launched on Wednesday with broad community support and the graces of both sides of politics as a platform towards securing the future of the Awards well into the 21st century. A number of distinguished guests, including the former Federal Coalition Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, former Federal Labor Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Kate Lundy and former Australian GovernorGeneral, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery all paid tribute to the hard work of Ethnic Business Awards Founder and Chairman, Joseph Assaf AO. Neos Kosmos, as a longtime supporter of the Awards, was one of a few media outlets invited to the launch. Giving their respective addresses, Kate Lundy mentioned the Awards represented "being a unified society at a time when it's easy, very easy to be divided," while Christopher Pyne reaffirmed the position that "nothing has been spared to make sure of its success," comments all of which were met with applause. "I'm humbled," said Mr Assaf, who founded the annual- ly-held Awards back in 1988. "Society is like an orchestra, different people playing different instruments to produce a symphony, a harmony. This is the family of the awards; the judges, the board members, the nominees…they all together to produce these fantastic awards. Without them there is no harmony." Guests watched on as a highlights reel looked back at successive prime ministers giving televised addresses at the Awards over the years, with footage of Australian leaders from Scott Morrison and Julia Gillard to John Howard and Paul Keating. Mr Assaf, who was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to multiculturalism, was keen to renew his own commitment to the Foundation, telling guests that they give him "the courage to continue doing exactly what every migrant has been doing over the last 50 years or more. "The whole purpose of the Award was to create role models to other migrants." With three categories, anyone can nominate an eligible business and businesses can self-nominate via www. ethnicbusinessawards.com. Nominations for this year's Awards close on 5 August. Greek Australian architects win big in state Architecture Awards Three Architecture firms owned and run by Greek Australian architects have been recognised at the state Architecture Awards in Victoria and New South Wales, honouring leading architecture across the country. Among the winners announced in Sydney on Friday 5 July were Candalepas Associates, founded by Angelo Candalepas, who won the Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing for their project North Rocks. Also in Sydney, Tzannes, founded by Alec Tzannes AM, took home two awards for their project Dangrove Art Storage Facility: the Architec- 1990s. The award was presented at a dinner on Friday 28 June by City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp who acknowledged Katsalidis' apartments as "a development that has stood the test of time". "Our built heritage is one of Award-winning Greek Australian architects (L-R) Alec Tzannes, Nonda Katsalidis and Angelo Candalepas. ture Award for Interior Architecture, as well as the Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture. In Victoria, Katsalidis Architects Pty Ltd, founded by Nonda Katsalidis, won the Enduring Architecture Award for the Melbourne Terrace Apartments. The residential project has been attributed to spearheading the apartment boom in the central city area of Melbourne in the early Victoria's greatest strengths and good quality design is central to maintaining our livability," said the Lord Mayor. Run by the Australian Institute of Architects, projects that received an architecture award or a named award will now progress to compete in the National Architecture Awards program, with the shortlist to be announced in the coming months. Etiko founder and director Nick Savaidis Melbourne-based clothing label, Etiko, has received a Good Design Award Winner Accolade in the Fashion Impact category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The Good Design Awards Jury praised Etiko commenting, "The deep commitment to responsible sourcing and the social impact of its business model is evident in the supply chain and communications Etiko shares with its market. The brand considers the environment as well as the livelihoods of workers and adopts best practice industry certifications to offer products which have a low impact whilst respecting human rights. Etiko is to be commended on its en- gagement with communities on the ground." The Good Design Awards are an international design promotion organisation responsible for awarding projects that are dedicated to improving the world and quality of life. The brand has received many awards for its supply chain transparency and ethics. Greek Australian Nick Savaidis founded Etiko, as a way of marketing ecofriendly clothing, footwear and sports goods. His first lessons in ethical garment making were learnt as a child in the 1960s, watching his mother's daily routine as a seamstress in their Melbourne home. It was an education he never forgot.
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