“Quo Vadis initiative (…) means that being Polish is an asset” – said the Consul General, Regina Jurkowska opening the welcome reception on the occasion of the first Quo Vadis Conference in Australia at the Consulate premises on Friday evening.
During three days of the Conference (4-6 October) the participants could share their experience, discuss and listen to lectures around major themes: leadership, heritage and future of Polonia in Australia. The Conference was opened by the Polish Ambassador to Australia, Pawel Milewski. The President of the Polish Community Council of Australia, Leszek Wikarjusz, Quo Vadis Australia Conference Chair, Maciek Fibrich, and the Consul General of Poland in Sydney, Regina Jurkowska took also part in the opening ceremony.
Since 2009, the Quo Vadis Conference Series aims to foster a world-wide network of motivated Polish youth. The main goals of these conferences are to promote an active Polonia, explore its Polish identity and culture, develop new local and international projects, increase the visibility of the Polish community, and transmit knowledge from current Polish leaders to the next generation.
First Australian Quo Vadis Conference was held under the theme “Connecting Tomorrow’s Future”. It highlights that whilst there are thousands of Polish youth and young professionals within the Australian community, often they are not able to connect and cooperate. Often they don’t feel the necessity to underline their specificity: they are simply integrated within the Australian community. Traditional types of activities, like Polish Schools, youth camps, Polish Scouts, dancing groups or religious activities are not suited to everyone. That’s why Quo Vadis Sydney 2013’s aim was to find the hidden Polish youth and young professionals that are within the Australian community and connect them.