National Ethnic Business Awards Finalist

Heather Brae was very honoured and proud to have been a finalist in the Ethnic Business Awards in 2015. The prestigious national awards celebrate outstanding business success and human endeavour, and in 2018 is in their 30th year……


Entrants for these awards must be either Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents born overseas. Our Managing Director, Bass Wakim emigrated to Australia in 1965 with his mother and five siblings.

Please read the EBA media release from 2nd October 2015 below:

“Heather Brae Shortbreads – Bassam Wakim – Thomastown – VIC
Coming to Australia by ship in 1965 with his mother and five siblings, a six-year-old Bassam struggled as a migrant child.  Melbourne was a far cry from his rural upbringing in Lebanon.  After 10 years in civil engineering, Bassam and his wife bought a small, struggling company, building its workforce from 12 to 40. Heather Brae now supplies all supermarkets in Australia, as well as exporting to New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia”.

Gala Presentation Ceremony in Adelaide on November 6, 2015 –

Joseph Assaf AM and Bass accepting Certificate

Joseph Assaf AM, Founder & Chairman Ethnic Business Awards presenting Bass Wakim, Managing Director, Heather Brae with Finalist Certificate.

Bass smiling

Bass Wakim enjoying the evening

Bass and daughter Jalili

Bass and daughter Jalili



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