Carmen Lazar OAM, JP

Photo Carmen Lazar PortraitMrs Carmen Lazar has over thirty years of management experience. Throughout her career, she has held various strategic roles which have brought her to where she is today.  Twenty years ago, Mrs Lazar began her career as an interpreter, then choose to enter management and became the manager of accounts at the Sydney Morning herald, after leaving that position she joined the Skilled Employment Group Ltd and became an Employee Relations Officer mastering her client liaison and negotiation skills. Mrs Lazar is a holder of a Graduate Certificate in Professional Management Practice and a holder of a diploma in Community Services Certificate in Community Language Teaching.  Throughout her professional career, Mrs Lazar continued to pursue her passion for community work for the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syrian Christian Communities in Sydney. She is currently the Centre Manager of the Assyrian Australian Association – Assyrian Resource Centre and advocates on behalf of the NSW Assyrian Community and manages the delivery of government funded services at the centre. Mrs Lazar has also been an Assyrian Representative at the NGO Consultations in Geneva for two consecutive years. Mrs Lazar was the former Principal of the Assyrian Diqlat language School she managed the Assyrian Saturday Language Schools and had contributed to the development and publication of many language resource books.  Mrs Lazar has held various positions on boards and committees listed below;

  • Member Settlement Council of Australia
  • Executive board member Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Fairfield Migrant Interagency (Fairfield Council)
  • Chairperson Middle Eastern Economical Council
  • Chairperson at Fairfield Hospital (The Consumer and Community Participation Network)
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Community advisory member
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Fairfield Local Health Council member
  • Member CALD Communities Coalition
  • Management committee parents Café (Fairfield High School)
  • Chairperson – Assyrian Australian Academic Society

Through her dedication and integrity of character Mrs Lazar has been the recipient of various awards listed below, the most notable to date being the Order of Australia Medal. Mrs Lazar’s dedicated work ethics and enthusiastic approach has allowed her to continue to persevere.

2008                     Australia Day – Achievement Award

2008                    Life Member – Assyrian Australian Association

2012                    Community Service Award

2012-2014            People of Australia Ambassador

2014                      Recipient of Order of Australia Medal

2016                      Recipient Zest Award

2016                      Recipient of International Womens Day Award (Iraqi Womens league)