Eugenia Tsoulis OAM was helping her fellow Greek migrants settle into life in Australia back when she was in primary school.
Once a week before school, she’d act as a translator to help bus conductors deliver Greek men to potential employers around Adelaide.
Her passion and life’s work ever since has been assisting new migrants and refugees.
Eugenia has helped thousands adjust to life in their adopted land. She has led the Australian Migrant Resource Centre as chief executive officer for 25 years. The organisation supported 4,200 new arrivals in 2020 alone.
She’s been involved with the Settlement Council of Australia for 20 years, a peak body that links community workers in migrant services at the grassroots level with national policy makers.
Eugenia’s colleagues call her the ‘fairy godmother’ of settlement services – someone you can always call on for advice and support, and who has touched thousands of lives.