Dreams really do come true!

Published: Comments:


Almost three hundred local residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives at Sunshine Coast Council’s citizenship ceremony which coincides with Cultural Diversity Day at Coolum State School on Wednesday, May 21 at 5pm.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is held annually on May 21 to engage with people about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was honored to preside over the ceremony which will see 285 residents from 35 different countries, officially become the Coast’s newest Australian citizens.

“This special day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We have residents from all over the world becoming citizens at Coolum in what is going to be our biggest ceremony so far this year.

“They all have stories that inspire and reaffirm my belief that we live in one of the best places in the world.”

The recipients all have a different story to tell but all have the same strong desire to become an Australian citizen.

For Thelmarie Neser originally from South Africa, her personal story started in January 2009 when facebook connected her with her first school love and eventually brought her to Australia.

When at school at the tender age of 12 Thelmarie met a 14 year old boy called Francois who stole her young heart and saw them as sweethearts until Francios started his first year at university.

As life often takes us on different paths Thelmarie and Francois eventually went on to marry different partners and have their own respective families.

Sadly for Thelmarie her marriage ended in divorce in 1997 and in 2009 her ex- husband announced an opportunity to immigrate to Australia with their children, leaving her in South Africa.

Thelmarie said they both made the brave decision that the future and safety of their children would be so much better in Australia and therefore her husband immigrated with the children.

“This decision left me behind, but knowing this was the best for our children gave me strength and I knew I would have the opportunity to visit beautiful Australia at least twice a year to see them,” Thelmarie said.
“On 14 January 2009 I was on facebook and looking up old friends when I noticed my first boyfriend Francois was living in Australia. We connected as friends and so the romance after 27 years started and continues today as husband and wife.
“On 21 May when I become a citizen of this beautiful country of Australia, I will be proud of being a part of a country where you can still leave money in an honesty box and take your purchase.

“Where you don’t stress when you accidently leave your front door unlocked, where you could go for a jog or a walk without looking over your shoulder all the time and where your children have opportunities.

“Where I can still afford to attempt further studies and where I can stand up and sing a National Anthem and be proud.”

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast are held bi-monthly in locations across the region. Visit council’s website for further information on Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council
14 May 2014

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Second Coastal Forum attracts lead experts 24 April 2015 | Sunshine Coast residents and community groups are invited to attend Council's second Coastal Forum, where key experts and Council will discuss critical influences and issues impacting the region's coastal envir... More information...
Under 18? Grab your camera and get outdoors! 24 April 2015 | Council is calling Sunshine Coast under 18's to enter "Nature at Play" a junior photo competition designed to encourage exploration of nature and to showcase our young people's connection to the Sunshine Coast... More information...
Nambour Heroes Walk a place for year-round remembrance 24 April 2015 | Sunshine Coast Council unveiled the second of its two new war memorials today in an official ceremony at Nambour's Quota Park. More information...
Sunny side up for solar farm proposal 23 April 2015 | Sunshine Coast Council's quest to become Australia's first local government to build a utility scale solar farm is powering ahead More information...
Council says farewell to inaugural CEO 23 April 2015 | Sunshine Coast Council's inaugural CEO, John Knaggs, today said goodbye to Council after almost eight years in the role. More information...
Become a living work of art at Nambour Civic Centre 23 April 2015 | If you missed getting your photo taken with high profile New York artist Kelsey Montague's #whatliftsyou interactive wings at Nambour Civic Centre, you now have until Sunday, May 17 to cross this off your bucket... More information...
New Kenilworth War Memorial ready for Anzac Day 22 April 2015 | Kenilworth's new war memorial is on track to be completed and ready for Anzac Day commemorations this Saturday. More information...
Burnside's Silverwood Park primed for play 22 April 2015 | A new playground at Silverwood Drive in Burnside is now ready for kids to climb, swing and slide. More information...
Swap your weeds for free native plants 22 April 2015 | Council is hosting 22 weed swap events across the Sunshine Coast region from May 1-30, offering residents the chance to replace backyard pests with free native plants through its War on Weeds program. More information...
Temporary closure of Buderim Dog Park 22 April 2015 | The Buderim Dog Park at Elizabeth Daniels Park will be closed today and tomorrow while routine maintenance is undertaken. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service