Last night the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) celebrated the 2022 Victorian Refugee Awards at the iconic State Library of Victoria. Now in its second year, the awards recognise and promote the achievements of Victorians who arrived in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers.
As one of several VMC Commissioners with lived-experience as a refugee or asylum seeker, Deputy Chairperson Bwe Thay was proud to present 14 awards alongside the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence, VMC Chairperson Viv Nguyen AM and Bruce Wong; Managing Director of Foot Solutions. With Bruce and MC’s Hanisha Luital and Mubarek Iman also having lived-experience, the event truly reflected accomplished Victorians with refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.
Together, they presented awards across four categories; Young Leader, Achievement, Leadership and Business. The awards shine a light on those who excel through study, work, entrepreneurship or volunteering, including those who own or run businesses or organisations that support others with refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds. They showcase not only the talent, accomplishments and aspirational nature of these outstanding Victorians, but honour the many important ways that they contribute to our State.
Also in attendance were 2021 award recipients, who were unable to be recognised in-person due to pandemic restrictions. The night was an excellent opportunity for recipients to connect with each other and meet leaders across Victoria. The VMC thank all those who support the program, including our sponsors the Commonwealth Bank, Jobs Victoria, Victorian Electoral Commission, Foot Solutions and Intersect Global Partners.
The ceremony was held on World Refugee Day and marks the start of Refugee Week which runs from 19 - 25 June to raise awareness about issues affecting refugees and highlight the positive contributions that refugees make to our society and communities.
Quotes attributable to Victorian Multicultural Commission Deputy Chairperson Bwe Thay
“Together we can break stereotypes, shatter barriers, celebrate the diversity that we offer and own the contributions that we make. Sharing and celebrating our stories builds awareness while strengthening our resolve.”
“The Victorian Refugee Awards recognise everyday Victorians and give voice to their stories. They tell others with similar backgrounds to raise your aspirations, aim high and keep dreaming.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen AM
“As someone with a refugee background, I am proud to showcase the achievements that those who arrive as refugees or asylum seekers can and do make, not only toward their own aspirations, but to Victoria as a whole.”
“We should all seek to emulate the success and resilience of the recipients of Victorian Refugee Award recipients.”
Reviewed 20 June 2022