Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis OAM
Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis migrated to Australia from Greece in 1954 as a child. As a result of her migration experiences she became a passionate advocate for multiculturalism, social justice and human rights for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Indigenous people, those with disabilities, children and other disadvantaged groups.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a post Graduate Diploma in Counseling from the University of NSW. She is employed as the Executive Director of Ethnic Community Services Cooperative Ltd in Sydney which she founded in 1979. The Cooperative advocates for equitable access to culturally and linguistically relevant child care, disability and aged care services and other issues of CALD people.
For 40 years she has been involved in advocating for and with and developing capacity building in ethnic communities and was founding member of ECC of NSW, FECCA, IWSA and other NESB women’s organizations at state and national level. She has served on numerous state, federal government Commissions, Reference, Advisory and Working and other groups advocating for the issues and needs of NESB/CALD people and other groups with 'special needs'.