TRIBUTE TO MR MICHAEL JARJOURA, OAM

The Hon. SHAOQUETT MOSELMANE ( 11:07 ): I move:

(1)That this House notes that on Tuesday 27 June 2017, Mr Michel Jarjoura, OAM, passed away peacefully aged 88.

(2)That this House notes that Mr Jarjoura:

(a)was born in Betram, Lebanon in 1929;

(b)moved to Australia at the age of 19;

(c)worked initially as a travelling hawker, like many of the Lebanese migrants to Australia at the time;

(d)established the Mansours chain of retail homeware specialty stores, beginning in Lakemba in 1956;

(e)worked to develop the Mansours chain across New South Wales, ultimately turning these stores into the MyHouse homewares company, now managed by Mr Jarjoura's sons Richard and Stephen; and

(f)was a tireless community leader, serving as:

(i)Chairman of the Antiochian Orthodox Committee of Sydney from 1983 to 1992;

(ii)President of the Australian Lebanese Association New South Wales Branch from 1977 to 1980;

(iii)Vice President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union from 1979 to 1984; and

(iv)Dean of the Lebanese Humanitarian Appeal Committee since 2007.

(3)That this House notes that Mr Jarjoura's exceptional contribution to his community and Australia was recognised through:

(a)the Order of the Cross of St Peter and Paul awarded in 1989;

(b)the Gold Merit Award from the World Lebanese Cultural Union awarded in 1983; and

(c)a medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the Lebanese community in New South Wales in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2012.

(4)That this House acknowledges that Mr Jarjoura lived a complete life, touching everyone he met in his own distinct way through his belief that "life is what you make of it", and sends its thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his beloved children Ann, Michael, David, Richard, Gary, Stephen and Peter.

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