Our 2023 Guest Speaker: John Kamara
Humanitarian and co-founder, Culturally Diverse Alliance of Tasmania and African Communities Council of Tasmania
TAS State recipient Australian of the Year 2023
John Kamara escaped war-torn Sierra Leone 19 years ago and started a new life in Tasmania in 2004. He now does all he can to assist migrants, refugees and people from culturally diverse communities.
John co-founded the Culturally Diverse Alliance of Tasmania to support education and promote social cohesion, as well as the first ever African Communities Council of Tasmania. He and his wife, Mavis, have also since established Kamara’s Heart Foundation, a charity to assist children in Sierra Leone.
The opportunity to start a new life in Australia produced many feelings of hope and gratitude, but also of sadness and anxiety. I was faced with a world I knew nothing about. Everything about daily living had to be relearned.
Prayer in the city’s heart
The Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast brings together like-minded people from across Tasmania to pray for our State, our leaders, parliamentarians, businesses, schools, communities, and community organisations; our families, youth, and children. In the name of Jesus, we ask God to grant us the will and wisdom, the creativity and strength we need to care well for each other and to see Tasmania flourish in every dimension. Join us for this special moment of unity and humility.
Unique networking moment
Rarely does such a cross section of leaders from government, business, community, education, media, and the church gather in one place to express their thanks to God for the past and ask His blessing on the future. So once a year at the Parliamentary Breakfast we provide a special time to acknowledge one another, to connect with each other, and to be encouraged together.
Speakers with integrity
Each year, a recognised public figure who has made a significant professional and leadership contribution is a guest speaker at the breakfast. By sharing something of the story of their lives, each speaker brings something unique of the impact of their upbringing, experience and faith has had on their life and leadership.