Jack Passaris OAM Awarded Premier's Lifetime Community Service Medal

by Jordan Valageorgiou - Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Six citizens have been honoured last night for their exemplary service to multicultural communities in NSW at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner – an event which culminates the NSW Government’s Multicultural March celebrations.

The winners of the Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals received their awards in front of over 900 guests at Rosehill Racecourse attending the gala evening, including Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

ECC Deputy Chair Jack Passaris OAM was awarded the Lifetime Community Service Medal.



Jack Passaris OAM presented Lifetime Community Service Medal by Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Victor Dominello MP

About Jack Passaris OAM


Jack Passaris was born in Alexandria Egypt and migrated to Sydney Australia in 1955 as a teenager. For over 40 years, Jack has worked hard to help members of the Greek community, seeing them become prominent members of the Australian society.

Jack is one of the foundation members of the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW which, was established in 1975. He has been an active member over the last 39 years and has held various positions on the board including being the longest serving Chair from 2003 -2011.

From 1977 to 1995 Jack Passaris was elected to Marrickville Municipal Council as a Councillor.

In 1982, he was elected to the Clergy Laity Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and was later elected as the Treasurer and Trustee of the Consolidated Trust of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

Among many awards and recognitions, Jack was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2009 for his ongoing and strong commitment to multiculturalism in Australia and community life.