Community leader Bwe Thay appointed Deputy Multicultural Commissioner

By Our Reporter

The Victorian Government has appointed community leader Bwe Thay as the new Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

As Deputy Chairperson, Mr Thay will support Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen in steering the Commission and working to identify and address issues faced by Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith communities.

Mr Thay—a refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009—has been serving as a VMC Commissioner since September last year and has been a member of the VMC Eastern Metropolitan Regional Advisory Council since 2017.

He has a long history of advocating for diversity, having held many leadership roles in the multicultural sector, with a focus on creating jobs and improving education for new and emerging communities.

Mr Thay has been recognised with a number of community and academic awards, including the VMC Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award in 2018.

He is also the Migrant Program Coordinator at Swinburne University.

The VMC promotes the social, cultural and economic benefits of our cultural diversity, oversees a network of Regional Advisory Councils and delivers Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, Cultural Diversity Week.

“I look forward to working with Bwe to deliver a range of initiatives that achieve positive outcomes for culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse Victorians—and to foster harmony and understanding between communities,’’ said VMC Chair Vivienne Nguyen.

“I’m pleased to be welcoming Bwe as the deputy chair of the Commission, where I know he will continue to be a strong advocate for people from diverse backgrounds,” said Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence.

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