From Iran to Australia: the triumph of an Ahwazian Arab in Adelaide

He has lived through the Iraq-Iran war, dodged death a few times, fled his country and flown across the world to rebuild a life in Australia with nothing more than $20US, a blanket and the clothes on his back. Eight years on and Ahmad is the first Ahwazian Arab man in South Australia to graduate from University – an extraordinary feat for someone who spoke no English when he first arrived here in 2008.

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The secret to doing business since 1943

Hughes Newsagency has a long history of making people feel special. When deli owner, Jeff Hughes saw an opportunity to buy the newsagency next door in 1943 he knew what great customer service was all about – being a friend. The kind of friend who listens carefully, the kind of friend who helps. For three … Continue reading The secret to doing business since 1943

The heartening story of Melissa Swinbourne

UniSA Health science student, Melissa Swinbourne finds a way to return the favour to the organisation that supported her and her family through a very stressful time. Born with the congenital heart defect, Aortic Stenosis, Melissa didn't required corrective heart surgery until 2009 when the narrowing aortic valve to her heart became severe. As paediatric heart … Continue reading The heartening story of Melissa Swinbourne

Libraries keeping community connected

Libraries today are so much more than just a quiet place to browse through books for borrowing. There's a buzz. An energy. And people of all ages are getting involved. I've been to Baby rhyme, Preschool story time, borrowed toys, DVDs and books of course, but recently a Knit and stitch group caught my eye. What a great chance … Continue reading Libraries keeping community connected

Raising the beds at UniSA’s Community Garden

Over six months ago the UniSA Community Garden Project at Mawson Lakes began with an exotic fruit orchard. Now it includes raised garden beds. Mediterranean herbs, lettuces, broad beans, strawberries and carrots are abundant. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Ms Andrea Duff’s Community Service Learning Project students, Dr James Ward, Dr Delene Weber, Dr Sharolyn … Continue reading Raising the beds at UniSA’s Community Garden