Past Media Releases
CASS AGM 2016
The Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS) held its 35th AGM on 27 November 2016 at its Activity Hall in Campsie. Members attending the meeting showed their enthusiastic support.
The AGM was chaired by the Chairperson, Dr Bo Zhou. The Secretary, Mr Anthony Pang, reported on the work of CASS for the past year. The Residential Aged Care Facility was officially opened by the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Federal Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport on 20 June 2016. CASS received the award of ‘Pride of Overseas Chinese Community’ presented by OCAO during the “8th Conference For Friendship of Overseas Chinese Associations” on 3 June 2016. As CASS was celebrating its 35th anniversary, a series of activities including an Open Day, were organised to showcase our work and to promote the different services we provide.
Mr Pang also highlighted the following achievements in his report:
In response to community needs, our Disability Service has become an independent service unit so that we can provide a variety of flexible services for people with disability, including Flexible Respite for carers;
The official WeChat account for “Overseas Chinese Service Centre – Sydney” was set up to promote our different services and to provide the community with up-to-date information on our activities;
We have successfully held a variety of information sessions, workshops and exhibitions for the community, with topics including health, personal and road safety, legal issues and welfare information.
Dr Bo Zhou, also Treasurer of the organisation, reported on the financial performance and operation of CASS. The total revenue for the year was over 16 million dollars, with all service units showing good financial performance and an increase in revenue. Dr Zhou thanked and acknowledged the hard work of the Honorary Executive Director, the volunteers and staff members for contributing to the continual success of the organisation. The Report of the Board of Directors, and the Financial Reports of CASS for the year 2015/2016 were unanimously passed by the members present at the meeting.
The reports were followed by the special resolution by Mr Anthony Pang regarding amendments to the CASS Constitution. After discussions, the special resolution was unanimously passed by the members present at the meeting, and became effective with immediate effect.
The election of members to the CASS Board of Directors was subsequently carried out. The Board of Directors for 2016/17 consists of the following:
CASS Group Board of Directors
Chairperson: Dr Bo Zhou (Overall Coordination & Community Relations)
Vice Chairperson/Secretary: Mr Anthony Pang
(Corporate Compliance & Fundraising for New Projects and Development)
Vice Chairperson/Treasurer: Mr Sean Zhang
(Finance & Audit, Home Ageing & Disability Services)
Vice Chairperson: Ms Reinnie Jiao (Children’s Services)
Foundation Chairperson/Honorary Executive Director: Mr Henry Pan
(Daily Operations, Strategic Planning & Development, Risk Management)
Emeritus Chairperson: Dr Leng Tan (Residential Aged Care Service)
Mr Tao Bai (Work Health & Safety)
Ms Louise Wu (Cultural Affairs)
Mr Hartono Arifin (Volunteer Coordination)
Ms Teresa Chu (Assists in Volunteer Coordination)
Mr Barry Guan (Assists in Vocational Training Services)
Mr Luan Thiam Ang (Assists in Secretarial affairs)
Mr Chim Hsuan Chen (Colin) (Assists in Finance)
Mr William Chen (Assists in Activity Groups affairs)
Mr Aaron Mi (Assists in Logistic support)
Council of Elders:
Mr Peng Bai
Mr Kui Sang Lim
Mr George Poon
Mr David Lo
Mr Philip Ang
Mr Mark Coure MP, Member for Oatley, is also a member of CASS. He attended the AGM amongst his busy schedule and expressed that he was glad to see the progressive development of CASS in providing such a wide range of services. He also conveyed the message from Premier Mike Baird who sent his best wishes to the members, volunteers and staff of CASS. Many members stayed for the tea gathering after the completion of the meeting to congratulate the newly elected Board of Directors and Council of Elders. Members also sent good wishes to the Board, knowing that they will continue to work hard for the benefits of the community.
Guide for Chinese Migrants Living in Australia
CASS published the “Guide for Chinese Migrants Living in Australia” to help Chinese migrants in settling in Australia. The Guide Book provides extensive information and resources on living in Australia to Chinese-speaking migrants in their community language.
It contains essential information, such as Overview of Australia, Summary of Australian States and Territories, Life in Australia, Life Stories of Migrants, Embassy of China in Australia, Consulate Information and other key Government Agencies, Services and Community Organisations.
You are welcome to collect your free copy of the Guidebook at our Head Office Reception. Please contact us for more information.
Dragon Charity Walk 2015
Since 2013, we organised the Dragon Charity Walk to raise funds for building of our Residential Aged Care Facility. This year, we have extended the fundraising for a number of charitable causes. The number of community organisations benefitting from the event has increased to four. Apart from CASS Residential Aged Care Facility, we raised funds for Harcourt Public School, Heart Foundation NSW and Special Children Services Centre Inc in order to spread the kindness of “Dragon Charity Walk” to more needy people in our community.
More than 600 people from the community contributed by joining the Walk, performing at the variety shows or by volunteering. On the day, we had a fun exercise activity while participants took an opportunity to catch up with their friends. The walk started at an easy pace with different groups joining at intervals.
Participants had a chance to enjoy food and games stalls, together with many entertaining activities for family members of all ages. We had a concert with various performances from musical ensembles, groups, schools and other proactive members from our community. Please check the photos below to see for yourself.
We would like to thank all those who donated and offered help for Dragon Charity Walk, they now can witness the result of their contribution. The first Residential Aged Care Facility of CASS started operation in February this year and now is fully occupied. Due to the enthusiastic participation of community members and general public, we are able to provide high quality residential aged care services for the seniors. We still welcome the generous support from the public as our organisation is shouldering heavy financial burden for this Project.