Bank of Sydney hosted a dinner on Thursday 16th of March at Le Montage in presence of Dr Salim Sfeir, Chairman and CEO of Bank of Beirut, Dr Nicholas Pappas, Chairman of Bank of Sydney, The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, President of NSW Legislative Council, Mr Miltos Michaelas, CEO along with the Bank’s Board Members from Sydney and Lebanon, religious leaders, politicians, community leaders and 400 guests from the Greek, Lebanese and Australian communities.
The dinner was a celebration of the communities’ successes as Special Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented by Dr Salim Sfeir to: His Excellency Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay, Maronite Bishop of Australia, His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of Australia and New Zealand, Sheikh Malek Zeidan, Representative of Dar-Al Fatwa in Australia, The Hon. John Ajaka, President of NSW Legislative council, Dr Nicholas Pappas AM, Chairman of Bank of Sydney, His Excellency George Bitar Ghanem, Consul General of Lebanon in Sydney and Mr Anwar Harb AM, Publisher and Editor-in- chief of Annahar Newspaper Australia.
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, at a warm private gathering on Friday morning as he was unable to attend on the night.
As well as celebrating 6 years working together with Bank of Beirut, the Bank of Sydney management and guests also celebrated the timeless service and dedication of 12 of its employees who have been serving the Bank and its customers for more than 15 years.
Earlier during the day, Dr Salim Sfeir, was proud to receive a certificate of Recognition and Merit granted by the NSW Legislative Council in recognition of his leadership and support to the Australian and Lebanese friendship. The honouring ceremony was held at NSW Parliament house in presence of Bank of Sydney’s Board Members and community Leaders.
In addition, The World Lebanese Cultural Union of Australia and New Zealand presented to Dr Sfeir an award in appreciation for his achievements especially to the Lebanese diaspora.