About us

Assisting people from migrant refugee backgrounds and their communities

Programs

Mosaic has assisted migrants, refugees and multicultural people and communities across Newcastle and the Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, New England and North West regions for more than 40 years.

People in NSW come from more than 307 ancestries, speak 215 languages and dialects, and follow 148 different religious beliefs. We believe that this diversity is what makes our communities and culture richer and stronger.

Previously known as Northern Settlement Services Limited, today Mosaic provides programs, support and assistance to multicultural communities in the areas of settlement, families and young people, aged care, and community development.

Led by an experienced and skilled board of directors and professional management staff, Mosaic is reaching more people and having a deeper impact in the lives of multicultural people and communities in the areas we serve.

Our Vision

A community where diversity defines and nourishes us

Our Values

TRUST
TRANSPARENCY
RESPECT
COLLABORATION
CREATION

Our Mission

To support and inspire culturally diverse people and communities to overcome barriers and thrive

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Our Strategies

are based on 5 Pillars

1. IDENTITY:

we will be recognised as a trusted, responsive organisation

2. ENABLING & CONNECTING:

we will support people and communities to be independent and live lives that they value

3. VOICE:

we will support multicultural communities to have an effective voice and influence on decision-makers

4. COMMUNITY HARMONY & RESILIENCE:

we will facilitate community participation and enhance community strength

5. ORGANISATIONAL RESILIENCE & CAPABILITY:

we will have the physical, financial, technological, professional and human resources necessary to achieve our mission and strategic directions now and into the future

Our
History

1978

Aus government established Migrant Resource Centres around Australia

1981

Migrant Resource Centre for Newcastle and Hunter officially opened

1984

The work and reach of the Centre grew under CEO Violetta Walsh’s leadership

1985

The Newcastle and Hunter Centre moved to Hamilton

2007

Our name changed to Northern Settlement Services Limited

2012

Lulu Tantos became the new CEO

2019

Sharon Daishe became CEO, ready to take the organisation into a new chapter

2022

Commenced trading under the new name Mosaic Multicultural Connections (Mosaic)

Our Board

Mosaic is led by an experienced and skilled board of directors

Sandra Feltham

Sandra Feltham

Chair

Shirley Schulz-Robinson

Shirley Schulz-Robinson

Vice Chair

Seamus Fagan AM

Seamus Fagan AM

Executive Committee Member

Zachary (Zac) Ekandi

Zachary (Zac) Ekandi

Executive Committee Member

Patricia Owen

Patricia Owen

Director

Sonia Ford

Kasey Preston

Director

Sonia Ford

Naomi McLean

Director

Our Leadership Team

Mosaic is managed by experienced, professionally qualified staff

Sharon Daishe

Sharon Daishe

CEO

Sonia Ford

Belinda Latimore

General Manager Programs

Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson

Manager Finance

Andrew Tuck

Executive Officer

Zachary (Zac) Ekandi

Jawaid Pardehi

Manager Settlement, Families and Communities

Sonia Ford

Maria Gorton

Manager Aged Care

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