Eugenia’s work spans a number of decades in multicultural policy development, education, mental health, the arts and industrial relations.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA) which is responsible for the delivery of state wide on-arrival and general humanitarian settlement and community engagement services.
Her previous work history includes mental health practitioner, senior student counsellor, multicultural curriculum development consultant for the three South Australian universities and co- writer of the SA University Nursing Award, National Director for the Arts for a Multicultural Australia Bicentennial Project, and convenor of the first national conference, Towards Cultural Democracy in the Arts. She was Director of the Migrant Workers Centre and Research Consultant for the former Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Eugenia’s published research includes: Migrant Workers and the Vehicle Building Industry, Migrant Women, Training and Employment, Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, Migrant Women and Participation in South Australia and I don’t Dream in english- Migrant artists and Community Arts.
Eugenia was a co-founder of the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA). Her membership includes the Australian Partners of Religious Organisations (APRO) and the SA Settlement Planning Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts from the University of South Australia and Flinders University. She was awarded the order of Australia in 1994 for services to multiculturalism and the arts and the ZONTA Woman of the Year Award in 2007. Eugenia is a published author and printmaker and is represented in various publications and in art galleries in Australia and overseas.
Her passion is to advance human rights and access and equity for all Australians through the development of an Australian multicultural society.