The Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Victorian Government have honoured 52 Victorians for their outstanding achievements in strengthening multiculturalism through professional and volunteer service to the community.
The 20th ceremony of the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence was held at Government House hosted by The Governor, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard.
The Awards recognise people and organisations who foster cross-cultural understanding, build social cohesion and support people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in all aspects of life.
These extraordinary recipients directly supported multicultural communities in Victoria through several initiatives and provided crisis response and recovery efforts in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021.
Amongst the outstanding recipients is Sikh Volunteers Australia (SVA), who received the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony. The non-profit volunteer organisation founded by the Sikh community in Melbourne’s south east in 2017, has provided free meals to families in need through the 2020 bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic. On average SVA delivers 800 meals a day, with over 100,000 free meals delivered in seven months during 2020.
Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen AM said this year continued to be challenging for all Victorians and it was even more important to celebrate the successes of our multicultural communities.
Recipients received the awards for either paid or voluntary community service across 15 award categories including justice, sport, arts, business and community innovation.
Visit 2021 Multicultural Awards for Excellence Recipients page for all recipient details.
Reviewed 10 December 2021