Nominate an everyday hero for a multicultural award

By Our Reporter

Nominations for Victoria’s annual Multicultural Awards for Excellence open till 29 September

Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Victoria’s annual Multicultural Awards for Excellence awards honour extraordinary Victorians who have dedicated their lives to creating a society where everyone can participate and belong.

People from all over the world have made Victoria their home and the success of our multicultural story has not happened by accident.

VMC Chair Viv Nguyen acknowledges the importance of these awards, which recognise those who strive to build a stronger, more resilient and more cohesive society every day.

“Victoria is celebrated for its multiculturalism and we encourage you to recognise those people in your community who have worked to foster cross-cultural understanding and to support and promote diversity. Inspirational examples of how Victorians contribute to strengthening our state can be found all around us. If you know someone who has made a difference to their community, then we encourage you to recognise that by nominating them for an award,” she said.

Nominations are invited across 10 award categories spanning a range of sectors including business, government, education, media, volunteering, youth and policing.

Some categories also allow for self-nominations, including the media award, which recognises individual journalists or media organisations for reporting on multicultural issues or for contributing to cross-cultural understanding.

Now in their 18th year, the awards have honoured hundreds of Victoria’s diversity heroes. Most categories are open to anyone who has strengthened multiculturalism in Victoria, regardless of their cultural background.

Last year’s winners include Tara Rajkumar OAM, who was recognised for her work in fostering cross-cultural awareness through hundreds of lectures, workshops and performances across Australia. Nancy Loomba was acknowledged for her efforts in bringing together young leaders from diverse communities to address issues of disengagement.

Another 2018 recipient was Foundation House, which was honoured with the Education and Early Childhood Award for their work in providing services to people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture or other traumatic events.

Award recipients will be honoured at a high-profile ceremony to be held at Government House later in the year.

To find out more, submit a nomination or read about past winners, visit close 11:59 pm on Sunday, 29 September
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