Slovenian Australian Association of Canberra Inc

Avstralsko-slovensko društvo, Canberra

The Canberra Slovenian community is small. In 1964, when they first broached the idea of Slovenian club, there were some 20 to 30 families and ten single young men, who felt a strong need for a social life. The beginnings of the club were in the first preparatory meeting in June 1964. By 1971 after a great deal of community effort, voluntary labour and financial support, the impressive club building in the shape of Triglav was completed. It stands in Woden, a prestigious location near the centre of Canberra. A few years later a modern bowling alley was added.
The Canberra club played a crucial role during the period of Slovenia’s fight for independence. It made representations to Australian government at the time of the arrest of Janez Janša, and was consulted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when Australian government was clarifying its stance in relation to Slovenia’s independence.

Slovenian Australian Association of Canberra Inc.
19 Irving Street, Phillip, ACT 2606, Australia
Ph 02 6282 1083
Fax 02 6282 3510
President: Franc Čulek

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Aleksandra Ceferin
Aleksandra Ceferin

Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A., B.A., Dip.Ed.) has introduced Slovenian language as a school subject in Australian school system and founded the Slovenian Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1976. She has extensive experience in language education: as teacher, lecturer, curriculum coordinator, course writer, language consultant and manager, VCE State Reviewer and Chief Examiner. Since 1998 she has been the President of ISSV and the manager and chief editor of its projects. Aleksandra visits Slovenian annually, establishing and maintaining contacts with Slovenia, and initiating exchanges and cooperation between organizations. In 2004 she was the recipient of the National Education Award of RS Slovenia.