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.
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 a grandmother of four. Thit is also a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for nearly 8 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 then as “Operations Manager” of the “NSW Adult Migrant English Service” (NSW AMES). She has managed and delivered the Federal Funded Adult Migrant English Programs to newly arrived migrants and refugees in Wollongong and Sydney. Thit retired in December 2008 and became a volunteer promoting and advocating for the disadvantage groups within the Multicultural community.
She has a strong interest in promoting cultural and religious harmony within the Illawarra community. Consequently, she founded I-WIN Illawarra Women Interfaith Network in 2010, promoting harmony, friendship, respect and understanding between various faiths groups through ‘Interfaith Dialogue’.
Thit is also a strong advocator for equity and access to services for cancer survivors from multicultural and Muslim communities. After her cancer treatment in 2013, she founded “Sisters’ Cancer Support Group Inc.” SCSG supports women from culturally diverse backgrounds and Muslim communities who have been diagnosed with cancer, or are supporting relatives and friends in their cancer journey.
SCSG was launched on 22nd October 2014 as an Illawarra-based not-for-profit community organization which is now a registered, not-for-profit charity organisation in NSW that covers:-
In 2015, she became 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 2018 she received the Wollongong City Council Award for her volunteering role with Illawarra Women Interfaith Network (I-WIN ) and Sisters’ Cancer Support Group Inc. (SCSG Inc.)
Through Thit’s guidance and the commitment of the Executive Committee, Sisters’ Cancer Support Group secured Cancer Institute NSW: Innovation in Cancer Control Grants for Multicultural Community Engagement in July 2017. And in October SCSG won the Multicultural Community Award on “Community Innovation” from the Multicultural Community Council of Illawarra. 2019 was the year when SCSG received “Finalist Award Certificate for the Community Organisation of the Year” from Australian Muslim Achievement Award 2019.”
Thit now dedicates her time in promoting harmony through Interfaith Dialogues and coordinating/facilitating the activities of Sisters’ Cancer Support Group. She also focuses on advocacy for multicultural communities by sharing her lived experience and acquired knowledge on the needs of Multicultural communities in a range of consumer engagement committees and panels below:-
Currently, she is also working with Associate Professor Dr Reema Harrison ( Macquarie University) as an associate investigator on NHMRC and Cancer Australia funded research projects that involves CALD cancer patients’ engagement and patient safety .
Thit’s vision and mission are to provide a better life after treatment for all women affected by cancer from Multicultural communities, by caring, sharing and supporting each other during their cancer journey.
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