Nuha Markus was the 2014 recipient of the John Gibson Grant in recognition of her extensive background in refugee settlement services. With roles in varied organisations, Nuha has worked to assist new arrivals to integrate into the community and to facilitate access to a range of vital services.
Coming from an Iraqi background, Nuha has continued to contribute to the Iraqi community, noticeably through her Editor role with the Nohra Iraqi Community Magazine. At the time of her advocacy in Geneva, Nuha was a manager at Spectrum in Melbourne.
Joseph Youhana arrived in Australia in 2006, after leaving Iraq with his family. He began volunteering as a bilingual tour guide with Parks Victoria, and his passion for community involvement led him to assist at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. In 2009, he began working for AMES as a Community Guide, and has since been involved in a range of services, including Employment and Education. As of 2017, he was an Accommodation Team Leader and a Pathway Counsellor, working to ensure that new arrivals are connected with the training and education opportunities available. Joseoph participated in the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) as the community representative.