About Harmony Champs
Harmony Champs is a Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project initiative offering leadership and cultural education workshops to grade five and six students in schools across the region.
The program has been designed to support the transition of students to year seven by offering facilitated discussions around identity and culture including a focus on migrant, refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experience.
The workshop content is created in consultation with primary school leaders throughout the municipality to ensure the materials developed are suitable for a variety of schools and their diverse student cohorts.
"Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." – Mattie Stepanek.
Meet the Harmony Champs team
Sarmed was born in Najaf, Iraq. Having been forced out of Iraq, Sarmed’s family lived in Iran and Syria before moving to Australia as refugees in 2003. Since then, Sarmed has lived in Shepparton and has always studied and worked in Greater Shepparton. Sarmed is passionate about creating a brighter future for young people in the region, in particular people from multicultural backgrounds. He has experience working in local government, settlement services and community organisations. Sarmed is looking forward to working with the schools in the region to help smooth the way for students as they transition to secondary school.
Lisa is a proud Yorta Yorta local woman. She was born and raised in Shepparton and has lived in the area for most of her life. Lisa is passionate about her land, culture and the beautiful people in the community. She has been blessed to have worked with the aged and youth of this great land. Lisa considers herself lucky to be living in a diverse community. She believes that when people from diverse backgrounds share their culture, dreams, stories, ideas and food with the community it becomes amazing. Lisa is excited to be working with the schools and being able to make a cultural difference, break barriers and provide education on harmony and culture.
Harmony Champs aims to smooth the way for students as they transition to the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College. The program is focused on supporting a respectful and harmonious learning environment.