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Dijana Mackic

Dijana Mackic is the Admin and Finance Manager at Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC). She started with the organisation back in 1996 at its inception as a student on work placement and has seen it grow over the years.

This is her story.

I was studying Community Welfare back in 1996 and was required to do a work placement as part of my studies. I approached Baulkham Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre (previous name) and when I started they were still setting up the office, computers were being installed. There were only 3 staff employed at that time.

After I completed my work placement I stayed on as a volunteer as I was still studying at the time. I took on a casual job, then worked part-time for the organisation. In 2000 I was offered an Assistant Coordinator position involved with the administration and financial management of the organisaton. I was also able to finish my Diploma in Accounting while working there full-time.

The role can be very challenging as you need to juggle things and multi-tasking is very important. I have a small team to run the admin side but the financial aspect of the role is all on me.  Occasionally I am involved in events management which I really enjoy. Currently we are organizing our Inspiring Change Conference 2018. This Conference is now in its 5th year and has been a great success.  We have around 250 women and few men as well who attend our conference.

Every year we tackle various topics on women’s’ issues and this year’s theme is Safety Security Preservation. We have a great line up of speakers and panelists who will share their knowledge, experience and personal journey.  Our CEO, Melissa Monteiro started this Conference and it is growing year on year.

My own future goal is to set up a foundation that will provide financial assistance to families who have a family member with a mental illness.  The number of people battling mental illness is constantly increasing and more resources need to be in place for the hospitals and organisations that offer mental health services.

I am very passionate about economic empowerment of women. I strongly believe that women should be economically and financially self –sufficient. 

Our organisation work with clients so that they can gain employment. We offer number of courses and workshops such as retail, security, how to set-up their own business, resume writing etc.  Our organisation provides services to clients in Western and Northern Region. We have outreach offices in Baulkham Hills, West Ryde, Gordon and Hornsby.

I was born and raised in Bosnia. I arrived in Australia in 1995 as a refugee so I am very familiar with issues that affect refugees and newly arrived migrants. I appreciate what Australia has to offer to anyone who needs or want to start a new life . I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to set up my life here. I do miss my homecountry as well, all my friends and family who are living there so the connection with my homecountry is never lost. I keep in touch with them and I visit them every year.

I strongly believe that is up to us what we want to make out of our life. When opportunity arises, just grab it and go for it. Don’t ever second guess yourself otherwise you will regret it.  

We regret the things that we didn’t try, not things that we tried but didn’t work out.