Our Founder, Mrs Nyan Thit Tieu
Mrs Nyan Thit Tieu is a Burmese Muslim who migrated to Australia from Burma in 1977 and resided in Wollongong since then. She’s a mother of three and also a grandmother of three. Thit is also a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for nearly 5 years.
By profession she classifies herself as a lifelong educator, manager, trainer and mentor.
Thit served over 30 years in the Department of Education. First as a Science Teacher at Lake Illawarra High School and then as Adult ESL trainer, Policy writer and the “Operations Manager” of the “NSW Adult Migrant English Service” (NSW AMES) managing and delivering the Adult Migrant English Programs to newly arrived migrants and refugees in Wollongong and Sydney. Thit retired in 2008 and became a promoter and advocator for the disadvantage groups within the M community.
Thit has a strong interest in promoting cultural and religious harmony within the Illawarra community and advocating for equity and access to services for cancer survivors from multicultural and Muslim communities.
Consequently she founded I-WIN Illawarra Women Interfaith Network in 2010, promoting harmony, friendship, respect and understanding between various faiths groups through ‘Interfaith Dialogue’.
After her cancer treatment in 2013, she co-founded “Sisters’ Cancer Support Group Inc. (SCSG)”. It is an Illawarra-based not-for-profit community organization launch in October 2014. This group supports women from culturally diverse backgrounds and Muslim communities who have been diagnosed with cancer, or are supporting friends and relatives in their cancer journey.
In 2015, she was selected as one of the “The Ambassadors” for the Wollongong “Relay for Life” event to promote awareness and participation from the vast multicultural communities residing in the Illawarra region.
In July 2017, Sisters’ Cancer Support Group secured Cancer Institute NSW: Innovation in Cancer Control Grants for Multicultural Community Engagement. And in October SCSG won the Multicultural Community Award on “Community Innovation” from the Multicultural Community Council of Illawarra.
Thit now dedicates her time in promoting harmony through Interfaith Dialogues and coordinating/facilitating the activities of Sisters’ Cancer Support Group.
Mrs Nyan Thit Tieu
M.A. (Applied Linguistics), B.Ed (Science), Dip T.E.F.L.,
Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management,
Cert.IV in Training and Assessment.