The Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Victorian Government will celebrate the state’s diversity heroes at an awards ceremony at Government House this evening. Now in its 16th year, Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence honour individuals and organisations for outstanding initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding between all Victorians, support migrants and refugees, and celebrate and promote diverse cultures. Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos said the awards are an opportunity to celebrate the often unsung heroes who have helped make our state a multicultural success story.
“I am always humbled by the many inspiring Victorians out there doing amazing work in their communities – whether they are supporting our newest residents to find their feet in their new home, bringing people of different backgrounds together to promote mutual respect and understanding, or leading change in their sector to support diversity and inclusion,” said Ms Kapalos. Amongst the award recipients is psychotherapist Batul Gulani, who will receive the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony for her work with culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities.
SBS journalist Abby Dinham is set to receive the Multicultural Media Award for her reporting, which highlights the achievements of Victoria’s newest residents on and off the sporting field. Other award recipients will be honoured for their work in business, government, education, volunteering, youth and policing. This year, 61 people and organisations will receive recognition. The ceremony will be hosted by the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AC, and will be attended by government, police and community leaders, as well as the recipients’ friends, families and supporters.