Position: First Vice President
Country of Residence: Australia
Mr Stefan Romaniw OAM currently holds the position of Executive Director of Community Languages Australia. He served terms as Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission under both Governments in Victoria. He has a teaching qualification and, prior to moving into senior government positions and senior management, worked in a range of school settings. He has served as Chairman of the Victorian Government’s Australia Day Committee (Victoria)
He is 1st Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) and Co-Chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations. (AFUO)
He holds position of Chair of the UWC International Committee for Recognition of Holodomor as Genocide and Chair of the UWC International Religious Affairs Committee
Currently he serves as Chairman or is in leadership role of a number of committees and organizations within broader Australian and Ukrainian communities:
He has chaired
- Multicultural Arts Victoria
- RMIT University Languages Advisory Committee
- Association of Ukrainians in Victoria
- CYM Ukrainian Youth Association – Melbourne, National Executive and Vice President of International Committee
Stefan and has served as an Australia Day Ambassador in Victoria, member of the City of Melbourne Safe City Task Force and the Good Food Advisory Board. He has also fulfilled Australia Day Ambassador responsibilities in Tasmania.
He has a successful career in brand building, change management, community building and strengthening, networking and strategic planning. He also has been a strong proponent of using spheres of influence as a strategy for building and influencing relations.
He has been a member on a range of Boards and committees including, Starlight Children’s Foundation (Victorian VAB), Board of Council of Adult Education, Commonwealth Ministerial Standing Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Multicultural Issues Forum with Hume City Council; Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council Multicultural and Multilingual Education; ,Victorian Ministerial Arts Advisory Council; Centenary of Federation Victoria.
He has a very wide based network through all levels of Government, education, media, sport the arts fields and NGOs.
He was principal of the Ukrainian Community School North Melbourne for 17 years,
In 2001 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to education and the CALD communities and in 2003 received the Centenary Medal for services to the community. He has received the three levels of Orders of Recognition and Medals from the President of Ukraine for services to Ukraine. He also received the Foreign Affairs of Ukraine medal for services to international relations.
In 2013 Stefan was inducted into the St Bernard’s College Hall of Fame.
He travels extensively internationally and nationally promoting his areas of expertise and has participated in delegations to China, Germany, US, Canada, Hungary, Greece, Great Britain and Ukraine.
He is married to Anastasia for 42 years, has two grown up married children Peter and Theresa and 5 grandchildren
He holds membership with:
- RACV Club
- Essendon Football Club
His interest includes, Australian Rules Football, running, gardening and spending time with his family.