Deena Yako fled her home in Iraq at the age of nine, spending four years in an Iranian refugee camp before being resettled in Australia. Speaking little English, Deena studied intensively to finish HSC with her age group.
She now shares her experiences with other high school students as part of RCOA’s Face-to-Face program, in addition to her work as Settlement Grants Team Leader with the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre (2017). Deena is also the Community Development Officer with the Parents Café in Fairfield, an initiative that has received praise from Antonio Guterres (the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees 2005-2015) as an example of global best practice for refugee resettlement support.
Endalkatchew Gage came to Australia as a refugee from Ethiopia. He has been involved in a range of community organisations, and at the time of his advocacy was assisting Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services.