Wunderkind of Iron Will 铁血般的意志

Joe Perri

President / Victoria Chapter, Australia Malaysia Business Council

The story begins over six decades ago. An obscure immigrant couple of Italian descent, whose only real chance at survival at the time, was to pick up what was left of their mangled existence after the second World War, exit their motherland, and start over in a whole new world—the forever home they would soon recognise as Australia. The man goes ahead, slogs to save a few coins, and sends them back for the woman. She then joins him in Sydney where they exchange vows before settling down in Melbourne.

PREMIUM PEDIGREE

The pair’s labours haven’t fallen on futile ground. The testament of their triumphs and tribulations are captured through a single fruit of their union—a male offspring who’d go on to become a walking legend. That human treasure is who the world today celebrates as Joe Perri, the president of the Australia Malaysia Business Council’s (AMBC) Victorian chapter. A master of ship who directs with heart and depth, his origins mark a set of footprints indelibly printed on the sands of a past bent on making history.

Holding dear beliefs, lessons, and strength of character passed down from parents who dared to dream, his remarkable trail, according to the man himself, is the sum total of a heritage rooted in sheer perseverance. “Their love, care, and guidance have stayed with me always and continue to provide me with a beacon and are the values and morals which sit at the core of my character when relating to my own wife, family, friends, and clients, and so on,” Perri notes.

DYNAMIC DOER

Although well into his fifties, he continues to look to his exemplary guardians as his ultimate source of inner zest. Smiling on the path already trodden, he’s anxious to plot the voyage that remains. It’s been 10 years since his immersion in international trade relations began. He was propositioned to use his wealth of marketing and communications expertise to assist the newly appointed national president of the AMBC at the time. Eagerly accepting, he then proceeded to join the organisation in his home base as member.

“The activities of the council, friendly nature of its members, their diverse backgrounds, and business interests in Malaysia motivated me to go beyond just being a member and led to my joining the Victorian executive team.” Here, his skills in marketing, public relations, communications, and more were put to good use. As a result, the appointment followed his election to VP and subsequently president, three years ago. Nine years before his first AMBC commission, the marketer founded his personal venture, Joe Perri & Associates.

“I’m a very positive glass-half-full kinda guy who enjoys working and engaging with people. Life’s too short not to have it filled with enriching experiences, which is why I enjoy my career path.” Picking up on that last point, his duties are divided into two streams—a commercial side where he helps businesses achieve goals through marketing and PR processes as well as a CSR side which he commits to in a voluntary capacity as president.

CONSCIENTIOUS COMMANDER

He adds cultural understanding and appreciation are feats to tackle, and that the way forward is to have the Asian and Western ways of conducting business adjust accordingly so the best of both worlds is the ultimate outcome. Facing these hurdles won’t be a cinch, but the implications on leadership and prospect of having to flex his captain of industry is justification enough for a heightened sense of exhilaration on his part.

“What an exciting time to be in business. International trade is quite frankly in overdrive,” the AMBC head quips.

It’s become increasingly clear to Perri that no country or economy can operate in isolation; every nation is now part of the global ecosystem. To maintain success and strengthen mutually-beneficial trade and investments between countries, alliances are a necessity—and more so, since Malaysia is Australia’s eighth largest trading partner. “The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement enforced in 2013 was a significant step forward and will continue to be a platform to build on with more trade between the two nations.”

HAPPY CAMPER

On family, Perri’s consists of his wife, Luigina, two children, Danielle and Matthew, a goldfish as well as a “spoilt cat”. The latest to join that lineage is his son’s fiancée, Juliet. Their wedding takes place in October—the festivities for which the entire household is keenly anticipating. For senior, coming home to a loving family is one of the truest blessings in life. He may be a trade specialist, but the people mentioned above aren’t anyone he’d exchange for anything else.

Adding to that list, he is just as proud to have seen the world. Speaking of going places, the wanderlust-lover recently spent a weekend away with loved ones at a small township called Metung in the beautiful Gippsland Lakes area, a four-hour drive from Melbourne. “It was literally divine.  No tourist attractions, McDonalds, theme parks, cable TV or even a decent cell phone signal. Each morning, we woke to the sound of dolphins, seals, and pelicans in the water.” Now, he can’t wait to get back in a month.

故事的开端要追溯到60年前,一对意大利血统的移民夫妇,在二战之后,离开自己的祖国来到这个全新的国度-澳大利亚,并且在墨尔本定居之前许下结婚誓言,他们的子孙后来成为了土生土长的澳大利亚人。

这是澳大利亚马来西亚商务理事会 (AMBC) 维多利亚分会会长 Joe Perri 的家族故事,他的出身标志着一个不可磨灭的历史痕迹。

纯粹的毅力是我的家族先辈留下最珍贵的遗产。他们的爱、关心和指导也一直伴随着我,并且成为塑造我的性格、价值观和道德的关键核心。

他仰赖的家族信念,也使他与自己的妻子、家人,朋友和客户相处应对时,显得更从容自如和互相尊重。

虽然早已步入50知天命之年,但他还是继续寻找模范监护人,也许这是他内心始终保持热情的原因。他微笑地走过一段道路,现在的他急于绘制剩下的航程。

具有丰富市场营销和交流专业知识的 Joe Perri,加入国际贸易组织至今已经10年。当时,他接到协助 AMBC 新任全国会长的工作提议时,立刻欣然的接受。

当然,由于出色的表现,最终的结果是:他当选为副会长,随后成为会长。其实在这之前,他的个人创业公司,Joe Perri & Associates 成立已久。

我是属于看到杯子里还有半杯水的人(表示想法乐观),喜欢工作或与别人来往沟通,人生苦短,所有事物我们不能完全经历,这就是为何我乐于享受我的工作。

他目前的职责分为两块:在商业端,他透过市场营销和公关流程协助企业达成目标;至于企业社会责任方面,他承诺在自愿而具备能力的情况下担任会长。

他补充,互相理解与赏识的文化是解决问题的最大功臣,如果要在拓展亚洲的业务道路上前进,必须和西式行事风格相应调和,方能取得两全其美的成果。

Joe Perri 清楚认知到:任何国家或经济无法孤立操作;每一个国家现在是全球生态系统的一部分。为了保持加强各国间的互利贸易和投资,联盟是一种必然的结果。

纵然面对困难和障碍,但对于行业的领导和掌控前景却加剧了他的兴奋感。进行商业运营时是最激动人心的时刻,老实说目前国际贸易的情形是超速了。

谈到家庭,他与妻子 – Luigina,一对儿女 Danielle Matthew,最新加入的家人是他儿子的未婚妻,Juliet。儿子与未来媳妇深受祝福的婚礼将在10月举行,就是这位乐观男性的真实幸福家庭生活。

他休闲生活中最向往的地方-吉普斯兰湖区“Metung”美丽小乡镇,距离墨尔本4小时的车程。

“Metung 没有旅游景点、麦当劳、主题公园,有线电视,甚至手机信号。早晨醒来只能聆听着海豚、海豹和鹈鹕欢腾的声音。

Muse on a Mission 沉思的使命

Jill Morgan

Multicultural Arts Victoria, CEO

A once-upon-a-time blank canvas seated at the tip of the unrelenting strokes of a career dipped in artistic ambition, 25-year veteran and Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) chief executive officer, Jill Morgan, is today the focal point of an illustrious gallery which remains the spectacle of many. Positioned at the helm of Australia’s glistening multiculturalism movement, the prominent head of industry charts a well-seeded legacy dedicated towards championing the continuity and relevance of cultural cohesion amidst ethnic diversity specifically through the arts.

While the journey down this road has been no walk in the park, her life’s story, sprinkled with unending tenacity and founded upon sincerity in its most basic form, is truly telling when deciphered through her mind’s eye. “The arts bring people together and can enhance cultural pride and well-being within communities. Cultural diversity can be at the heart of new contemporary works and innovation,” Morgan, the once Executive Director of Kulcha, Multicultural Arts of Western Australia, candidly shares.

Commenting on the arena’s role as a sustainable support system for both the present and future generations, the MAV leader explains how as a double-pronged tool, the arts serve as a fresh, creative, and inspiring voice which bridges the gap between colour and creed whilst making room for cultural dialogue and a shared understanding with and through youth. Having once herself been a vibrant, young lady whose immersion into the world of arts and culture was sparked by a genuine love of drama and theatre alongside a fascination towards literature and history, it’s no wonder her passion for education rings true to this day.

In her fight to preserve the sanctity of a universe where old meets new, the well-traversed Morgan has been indefatigable in her efforts to translate into activity, her underlying message which speaks of enriching individuals and society in general as well as carving from struggle, innovation, redefined identities, and newfound economic and social prowess for a healthier morrow. In defining her vision, she notes: “Culture and identity is central to the well-being of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Arts programmes are an active and tangible way to connect cultures and to educate others about difference.”

For the reasons above, part of MAV’s process and programmes for social inclusion comprise collaborations with the Arts Centre Melbourne, Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Melbourne Festival, among others, to actively promote diversity through the arts whilst protecting the rights, values, and beliefs of refugees and migrants. According to the visionary, arts projects that present positive non-stereotyped images and stories of indigenous groups and artists play a pivotal role in ensuing equity, raising awareness, building self-worth, encouraging community pride, stimulating long-term growth, and formulating respect.

Determined to walk a mile in the footsteps of the late great Nelson Mandela, Morgan is quick to echo the sentiments found in the hugely celebrated political icon’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, when probed on her source of inspiration: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

While the aforementioned accolade was accepted on behalf of Multicultural Arts Victoria, Morgan herself was voted in as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 while having been newly called upon to receive the Facilitators Prize at this year’s Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards. Joining an elite list of industry movers and shakers, her sense of fulfilment comes from seeing young people celebrate their cultural heritage as proud Australians. For Morgan, that alone is the ultimate reward and true motivation behind her wanting to press on.

So much so, even when afforded the luxury of time to pursue her personal passions, the family-friendly cat-lover and creative curator is hardly one to wander far from the warm embrace of artistic endeavour. It is safe to conclude that the very essence of her being best finds solace in offerings that capture beauty in naturalness be it through the arts, film, photography, travel, or simply gardening. By her own admission, she enjoys growing organic herbs and vegetables.

An avid traveller not spared the pleasure of exploring multiple global heritage sites like Hampi, Borobudur, The Great Wall, Angor Temple Complex, Bagan, Luang Prabang, Ha Long Bay, Melaka, and Georgetown, her round-the-world adventures are only just beginning.

“I like to travel to Asia and am keen to visit Jaipur, Rajasthan and other parts of India by train to experience the music, food, culture, and dance of that region. I wish also to travel to specific parts of Africa; Ethiopia, Senegal, and Mali. Then, there is Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Colombia.”

As to what the future holds for Jill Morgan, she plans on spending the next five years still discovering what she calls amazing world culture and the arts and the five years after that, doing precisely the same thing. Truly, to be able to devote one’s existence to doing what she loves the most and then finding fun ways to embed her interests into her everyday living is testament that dreams do come true when pursued with the purest of intentions, and without leaving a single stone unturned.

自小就对艺术充满兴趣的吉尔摩根,经过25年的奋斗,如今在城中备受推崇的一个杰出艺术馆,维多利亚多元文化艺术馆担任首席执行员的职位,成为焦点。身为澳洲多元文化运动的掌舵人,这名在业界杰出的推手希望在多元种族之间,能通过艺术而产生一股文化凝聚力。

要达到这个目标,不是一件轻松的事,但她总是可以以无休止的坚韧及热诚,将脑海中想象的目标化为真实。曾在西澳Kulcha多元文化中心担任执行董事的摩根表示:「艺术能把人们团结在一起,并在小区内缔造文化优越感及幸福感。文化多样性可以成为当代艺术的主轴。」

询及维多利亚多元文化艺术馆该如何为现今及未来一代,建立一个可永续性发展的支持系统时,她说,该艺术馆可扮演双管齐下的角色,通过新兴、创意及启发性的抒发,让不同肤色的年轻人进行跨文化对话,促进了解。当她还是少女,身上每个细胞都充满活力的时候,沉浸于浪漫的爱情戏剧及电影,对文学及历史产生迷恋,这也难怪她对于文化及艺术的热情能坚持至今。

在古老与现代交汇,新与旧交融的时候,历经千锤百炼的摩根总是可以不懈地以行动落实。她要传达的信息是,艺术能更丰富化这个社会及个体,并且,为更美好的明天,雕塑出一个奋斗、创新、重获定义的经济及社会体制。「不同文化及语言背景的人们,能通过文化及身分缔造康乐及安宁,而艺术活动则能很真实性地把文化都衔接起来,教育人与人之间的差异。」

基于上述原因,维多利亚多元文化艺术馆与墨尔本文化中心、演奏中心、墨尔本剧团及墨尔本节庆策划团体,积极地举办多项活动,希望从艺术去推广多元性,同时间,也希望保护着难民及移民的人权、价值及信仰。她的见解是,艺术项目必须能以积极正面、非刻板印象地去诉说本土艺术家及团体,只有这样,才能在促进平等、提高醒觉、建立自我价值、增长小区荣耀、刺激长期成长及塑造相互尊重上,发挥举足轻重的作用。

在拜读过向已故伟人纳尔逊曼德拉致敬的《曼德拉:漫漫自由路》传记片后,摩根情感共鸣。曼德拉的其中一句名言「没有人生来就会因为一个人的肤色、背景或宗教而憎恨他人。人们必须学会恨,如果他们能学会恨,他们就能学会爱,因为爱比恨能更加自然地进入人心里。」,更是对摩根启发良多。

上述奖项是摩根代表维多利亚多元文化艺术馆领取的,而她本人,则在2013年荣获澳洲勋章AM成员奖(Member of the Order of Australia),并在今年刚在悉尼麦尔表演艺术颁奖礼荣膺「推进者」奖。虽然已在业界登上精英的超凡地位,但她最大的成就是看到年轻人庆祝他们的文化遗产时产生的荣耀感。对于摩根来说,这就是推动她继续前进的动力及奖励。

正因如此,即使可以优先考虑追求个人的激情,但这名猫咪爱好者及创意策划人,还是想从艺术创作中取得温暖。她总是能从捕捉住自然美感的艺术、电影、摄影、旅游,或者园艺中,找到慰藉。她坦言,很喜欢种植有机香草和蔬菜。

热衷于旅游的她,曾到访多个国际上著名的遗产城,包括印度亨比、印度尼西亚婆罗浮屠、中国长城、吴哥窟、缅甸蒲甘、寮国琅勃拉邦、越南下龙湾、马六甲及槟城乔治市。对她来说,环游世界的旅程才正要开始。「我很喜欢到亚洲旅游,很期待可以到印度斋浦尔一游,并通过火车游览印度的其他地区,体验印度的音乐、美食、文化及舞蹈。我也希望可以到非洲的特定地区、埃塞俄比亚,塞内加尔及马里旅游。之后,还有墨西哥、斯里兰卡和哥伦比亚。」

询及摩根未来有何计划,她说,计划用5年的时间来探索世界各地新奇的文化及艺术,之后再5年,希望还做继续再做同样的事。诚然,只要一个人是做自己有兴趣的事情,那么她就能全情投入去做,并能从中找到乐趣。这也证明,只要肯尽一切努力去追求,梦想是可以成真的。

DETOX & LIVE; THE NEW WAY OF HEALING

Dr Mecherl Lim

MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology

 

Vivacious, vibrant and oozing vitality, it’s hard to imagine that this lively lady is well into her 60s. Dressed impeccably in the calming hues of turquoise, she recounts her experience travelling around Australia in a camper with her partner, Ian. ‘If you’re on the road and you see something interesting, you can stop, get out and explore!’ And it is this openness to life and living that has propelled her throughout her own existence.

Despite a difficult childhood wrought with rejection and hardships, Lim was resolved from a very young age to build a successful life for herself. Having completed her secondary school examinations, she braved the working world and worked her way up to become supervisor of the whole factory. But with a keen interest in aesthetics, she took up night courses in the subject and trained to become a beautician. Following her graduation she opened up her own business in the 1970s.

This would prove to be the turning point in her life, as marriage and the birth of her three sons followed soon after. Though her marriage would not last, her career as a beautician proved to be a success – albeit having to manage a household on her own. ‘I always felt torn between caring for my children, managing my business and all the chores related to running a household,’ she remembers. But fuelled by her determination, she carried on.

Balancing the demands on her time and attention, Lim went on to open a second branch of her business. It was at this point that she experienced an epiphany that would direct her to the fundamentals of internal health and how this can affect the external appearance.

She studied alternative medicine via correspondence with a training centre abroad and travelled to Australia, Sri Lanka and the States to explore this branch of holistic wellness further. Michelle Herbs Therapy & Complementary Medicine Clinic, the fruit of her extensive training and research, was founded in 1990 in Penang.

Having been in this field for 24 years, Lim is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illnesses through a ground breaking holistic system called Functional Medicine which employs the art of Listen to Your Body Talk. Lim has since developed a unique programme called Detox & Live, an integrated detoxification plan that targets liver and kidney cleansing, digestive problems, candidas and parasite killing combined with a range of protocal herbs, natural supplements and appropriate nutrition.

Adding to her portfolio of holistic therapies is kinesiology, which combines modern medical knowledge with ancient oriental philosophy. Having recently returned from an intensive study course in Melbourne, Lim uses this skill to tap into one’s subconscious and energy centres to counter the negative influences. ‘I firmly believe that knowledge empowers us to take charge of our lives and our health. Without awareness, we cannot change anything,’ said Lim.