Every culture has its strengths

Every culture has its strengths

Culture has a strong influence on our lives, beliefs and opinions as well as the way we respond and grow.  In every culture and sub-culture significant values of sameness exist.  The increasing number and variety of culturally diverse groups in our society make it crucial for us to avoid stereotyping any culture as they are not monolithic.  Individuals who are part of a group can vary widely so we need to address people individually regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender preferences, etc.

Based on my significant contact with people across the globe, I realised that a critical factor in working in a culturally diverse context does not rely on knowledge and skills in certain areas, but on values – values that all people hold in common associated with life cycle and basic needs.

All humans differ by virtue of their history, genes and lived experiences.  These life experiences are unique to a particular group and often constitute strengths which must be objectively considered as everyone expresses life experiences differently.

On reflection, a key question to ask is who has the right to judge the way a person differs from another in his/her manner of living, thinking, being and doing.

I believe that people who take time to learn and understand their own origins, background and needs are better able to genuinely function free of bias when communicating with people with a multitude of differences, where great appreciation is held towards an individual whose cultural strengths and values are appreciated.


Mercedes Sepulveda,

MiCare Cultural Service Advisor

I would like to thank you and MiCare for giving me this opportunity to have a laptop to study the IT program as I will start the course soon. The course will be two days in the class face to face and two days online so it helps me saving time to study at home instead of going to the library.

~ Hanan khorsheed

Migrant Services

“Your activism inspires me to not just participate in activism but to be an activist in my own community and support women to live in a world free from violence”

~Liliane, Community leader for Burundian Cultural Ladies of Victoria. Participated in MFVCovid 19 project 2021


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The new friends I have made, in both Elders and staff, has made it easier for me in my new home. The staff are such beautiful people; I feel very lucky.

~Elder Maria P, Avondrust Lodge- Carrum Downs

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