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Adibeh Abdo-Attia brought herself and her parents from Syria to Australia in January 1977. Although a qualified teacher in her homeland, she found it difficult to find similar work in a country that was yet to recognize multiculturalism as the engine of its future economy. She worked various jobs, including but not limited to door-to-door sales and factory work until she enrolled herself in an accounting degree while working for an exporter.
Two years into her studies, financial circumstances rendered her unable to complete her degree, forcing her to re-enter full-time work with an unseemly haste. Having been a strong performer at work, she was promoted to become the first female export manager in Australia. After spending time in this position and growing more of an entrepreneurial confidence, she opened up her own travel agency before ultimately finding her calling within the community as a social worker.
Identifying a major pain point for people in her community in matters of taxation for the small businesses many immigrants had started in pursuit of their Australian dreams, she joined the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Adibeh mainly worked in education, receiving numerous awards for her community engagement efforts from the ATO, including being crowned the ATO Harmony Hero, as well as various accolades from NGOs. Following her retirement from a 25 year career at the ATO, she now produces and broadcasts a radio program focussed on social issues while nurturing a growing passion in writing predominately in Arabic, Syriac (Aramaic) and English.
Initially a favourite pastime, Adibeh was encouraged by her family and friends to turn her passion for writing setting her on this current journey. Adibeh’s first poetry book, A moon on my shoulder, was received well from the few friends and family members she shared it with that she was inspired to take her idea one step further and went on to establish aaabooks.org to promote her books and encourage others to do the same. She has since published Whispers of the Dawn, Silence of the Moon and Catch the Whispers.
Adibeh has given various presentations on her work and rich cultural history at national and international conferences. Her experiences and efforts have won her numerous awards and recognitions, including the Here She Is directory of successful women, resulting in various board and committee positions for social causes.