I acknowledge the work of Albert Vella as he retires from his role of President of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools after 15 years of distinguished service. The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools plays a vital role in preserving our vibrant multicultural community in Summer Hill. Its success has been, in no small part, due to the tireless work of Albert, who has ensured that communities across the inner west are able to not only maintain their cultural traditions but also participate in the diverse melting pot of modern Australian life. Albert once said:
Multiculturalism is the ability to live in a society where each culture, language and religion is valued and respected.
His work ethic in the pursuit of that goal over the past 15 years has been undeniable. Summer Hill is fortunate to have had someone as committed to forging a respectful, multicultural society as Albert. I wish him all the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.