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​Farewell to Dr Stepan Kerkasharian AO

Issued: Friday, 29 January 2016​

​​NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka​ today acknowledged the service of the outgoing President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO. 

Ms Upton paid tribute to Dr Kerkyasharian for his dedicated advocacy as President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW since 2003.

“Dr Kerkyasharian has made an indelible contribution to the character of New South Wales as President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, right across the business, government and charitable sectors,” Ms Upton said.

“He has been a strong advocate for eliminating discrimination, particularly in the workplace and in the delivery of goods and services.

“He’s worked closely with multicultural, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure they are aware of their right to lodge a complaint under the protections of the Anti-Discrimination Act.”

Mr Ajaka thanked Dr Kerkyasharian for his work in fostering community harmony, which included more than 25 years as Chair of Community Relations Commission. 

“Dr Kerkyasharian has been an incredible servant to the people of NSW. As a result of his tireless efforts, NSW is undoubtedly a richer, more diverse and more inclusive comm​unity,” Mr Ajaka said. 

Elizabeth Wing will act as President of the Anti-Discrimination Board on an interim basis while a recruitment process is carried out by the NSW Department of Justice.

Ms Wing has been the Anti-Discrimination Board’s Manager of Enquiries and Conciliation since 2003. During this period she has served as Acting President of the Anti-Discrimination Board when required.​

Ms Wing began her career as a solicitor in 1985. Prior to joining the Anti-Discrimination Board, Ms Wing held senior roles at the Health Care Complaints Commission, the Women’s Legal Resources Centre and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission. ​