The Order of Australia Award (OAM) is prized to citizens on the Queen’s Birthday each year in June since 1976. Presented by the Governor-General, it seeks to pay recognition to citizens who have completed a great service to their community.
DASCO’s Founders and Directors, Daniel and Salim Nicolas were appointed an Order of Australia Medal in the General Division, symbolising a “merit of the highest degree,” They will each receive a medal on the basis of their service to business and commerce, and to the Lebanese Community.
With what began as a design and construction company in 1993, has grown to a renowned enterprise. Initially completing structural and architectural designs for duplexes and townhouses with a team of just 4 people, Daniel and Salim have expanded the company to complete distinguished mixed-use, residential and commercial properties. Since 2011, Dasco has completed 29 projects, and since 2020, has taken on another 12 projects, all set for completion by 2023. On a grand scale of over 5,000 dwellings and counting, DASCO has made it a priority to create places with the utmost care.
Daniel and Salim’s achievements have not been limited to business and commerce, they have both further used their resources to their social responsibility by supporting disadvantage groups in Australia and worldwide. This is demonstrated through their sponsorship and close collaboration with St. Merkorious Charity, where they have participated in various initiatives since the charity’s origin in 2013. Their donation goes towards feeding the homeless, providing hampers and care packs to the financially distressed and on the verge of homelessness, as well as other mechanisms that provide emotional support to struggling communities.
The team at Dasco Australia is extremely proud to be supported and guided by such dedicated and compassionate leaders. The Order of Australia Medal is truly a symbol of their determination and care in all aspects – not just business. Awarded for their assistance and service to the Lebanese community, Dasco Australia has dedicated their resources to alleviating the struggle of Lebanese citizens following the Beirut Blast on the 4th of August 2020. With their incredible effort, Dasco has assisted to Rebuild Beirut in the Coming Home Campaign by funding the cost of window glazing and aluminium for homes in one of the most affected streets of Beirut.
Additionally, Daniel and Salim have been major sponsors to the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, since 2000 and have also shown gratitude and support to several health-charities such as Save Our Sons (SOS), Diabetic Australia and the Heart Foundation.