In memoriam

With heavy hearts we farewelled three inspiring Victorian champions of multiculturalism in late 2019.

Tsebin ‘Bin’ Tchen

10 March 1941 – 25 November 2019

Tsebin ‘Bin’ Tchen, will always be remembered as a strong and respected advocate for multiculturalism. In 1998 he made history as the first Chinese-Australian elected to the Australian Senate. As we reflect on Bin’s role as a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission from 2015-19, we will remember him as a voice of reason who demonstrated respect for all. We feel blessed to have known him and honoured to have worked alongside him. A man of integrity and compassion, Bin’s humility and shyness for recognition was balanced by his quick wit and willingness to always stand up for others. Alongside our colleagues and friends in Victoria’s multicultural communities, we offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Pauline, daughter Jacinta and son Adrian, and to his extended family and community.

Victor George Borg AM

27 September 1941 – 18 November 2019

Victor Borg AM played a vital role in representing and advocating for multicultural Victorians. He was a founding member of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, the Maltese Community Council of Victoria and 3ZZZ. We are eternally grateful for his lifelong commitment to diversity and offer our heartfelt condolences to Victor’s family, friends and colleagues.

John Cain

26 April 1931 – 23 December 2019

As the 34th Premier of Victoria, John Cain dedicated his life to public service, and played an instrumental role in building modern Victoria. Under his leadership, Victoria was the first Australian state to pass freedom of information legislation. He also created public sports and entertainment venues including our prominent Melbourne Park precinct. Perhaps less well known was his advocacy for Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and the establishment of the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 1983. We join all Victorians in remembering this great leader and offer our condolences to his wife Nancye, daughter Joanne Crothers and sons John and James.