History

The Macedonian Community Welfare Association (MCWA) is a state wide, not-for-profit and community based organisation. MCWA began in 1983, when Mr. George Kostrevski saw the lack of services directly targeting the Macedonian community, as well as the overwhelming need for an ethno specific organisation for the Macedonian speaking community.

MCWA responds to the growing welfare needs of the Macedonian speaking community of Victoria by providing services in Macedonian, and by assisting mainstream agencies to identify and address gaps in their service provision to the Macedonian speaking community.

MCWA currently runs project throughout the state, with particular emphasis on the Northern and Western Metropolitan regions where large groups of the Macedonian community reside and community groups have developed.

The Macedonian Community Welfare Association Inc. (MCWA) is a not for profit community organisation.  The organisation originated in St Albans, Victoria and was founded by George Kostrevski, with the help of a local member of parliament, in 1983.  The organisations original name was the Macedonian Cultural Community Welfare Association Western Inc.  The organisation was incorporated in 1986 and later changed its name to the Macedonian Community Welfare Association of the Western Region Inc.  The organisation has continued to expand from its origins in the western region of Melbourne to other parts of Victoria.  As a result, the organisation changed its name for the third time to the Macedonian Community Welfare Association Inc. in December 2003.  The agency is governed by the Committee of Management, which is elected according to the requirements set out in the Associations Incorporation’s Act 1981.  The agency’s is located in St Albans.