Staff and residents from at Mercy Place Lathlain’s aged care home, which is often described as a ‘mini-United Nations’ celebrated the dozens of different cultures that make it special as part of this year’s Harmony Day.
Celebrated last week at the not-for-profit home, Harmony Day helps to promote Australia’s cultural diversity including the values of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
The inclusive multicultural message rings especially true at Mercy Place Lathlain, where residents and staff from more than a dozen countries from India to Indonesia will celebrate their cultural heritage together.
Staff members kicked off the celebrations with a multicultural-themed concert, while also preparing traditional dishes from their countries of birth, including the Philippines, Bhutan, India and Indonesia.
Mercy Place Lathlain Service Manager, Surabh Nair, says the Harmony Day message closely aligns with Mercy Health’s key values of compassion, hospitality, respect, innovation, stewardship and teamwork.
“Harmony Day is an important part of our activities calendar at Mercy Health, and we are delighted our staff and residents at Lathlain have embraced the occasion,” he says.
“We have so many reasons to celebrate Harmony Day at Mercy Place Lathlain. You could say we’re the epitome of a multicultural workplace with staff representing more than a dozen different countries from some of the globe’s great continents,” she said.
“The ultimate message of Harmony Day is one of peace and respect for each other, which is a crucial consideration, particularly at the moment, and we believe it’s important to create opportunities for both our staff and residents to experience other cultures in a fun and inclusive way.”
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