Mon, Nov 14 2016
The Public Relations Institute of Australia is deeply saddened by the loss of our professional colleague, Roozi Araghi.
Roozi Araghi is recognised by Canberra’s close-knit community of communication professionals as a committed and hardworking colleague who was well-liked and highly regarded among his peers.
Roozi most recently worked in the Communication team of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, where he made his mark helping with the organisation-wide transformation of the Bureau’s statistical processes. His ABS colleagues commended him for his ‘rare ability to communicate complex and technical matters in a clear and easy to understand manner, while also bringing a lot of joy and fun to the workplace’.
Prior to this Roozi held a number of Executive level positions in the Department of Health and previously the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Roozi was recognised and valued as an advocate for equity and diversity in our community. A highly-skilled and dedicated communicator and public servant, he fundamentally contributed to improving public health through his work on anti-smoking campaigns, immunisation activities and programs to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
His colleagues at Department of Health remember Roozi as a ‘caring and passionate personality with an enquiring mind, quick wit and generous spirit, committed to helping his colleagues and community, ’. Roozi would not have been lost for words. But for Canberra’s tight-knit community touched by his loss, there are not enough words to describe the qualities he embodied, and the gap he will leave in our profession and community.