Posted on 22. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

More than 180 individuals and organisations have been formally recognised for their contribution to promoting cultural harmony in Victoria. 

The Premier John Brumby presented the annual Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence at a special ceremony at Government House. 

Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government established the awards in 2002 to recognise and reward the contributions of individuals and organisations to promoting and enhancing the social, economic and cultural benefits of Victoria’s multicultural community.

“Together with Victorians our Government is committed working hard to strengthen the strong multicultural links between communities in our State,” Mr Brumby said.

“Through these important awards we can show our appreciation to inspirational members of our community who work selflessly for the benefit of others.

“These individuals and organisations strengthen Victoria’s reputation for being a harmonious, vibrant and cohesive multicultural society.

“I congratulate all the recipients of this year’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. Whether it is through education, health, business or policing, the recipients of today’s awards have all made a significant contribution to multiculturalism.”

The 2010 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence was hosted at Government House by Governor of Victoria Professor David de Kretser AC and was attended by more than 500 members of Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith community.

Professor de Kretser and Mr Brumby were joined by the Deputy Premier, Rob Hulls, the Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, James Merlino, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Liz Beattie MP and Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Simon Overland who presented more than 180 awards across eight categories.

Mr Brumby presented the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) with a prestigious Premier’s Community Harmony Award for its contribution to language instruction for the past 75 years.

He said the school’s work had been a significant factor in the development of Victoria as a cohesive multicultural state and praised it for its continued high standard of language service provision.

The Royal Women’s Hospital also received an award for its ongoing care of women from Victoria’s multicultural community. In particular, an innovative program run in partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission that uses bilingual staff to improve communication in a health care environment was commended.

Locally, Mr. Denys Goldthorpe received the Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria Award for Community Services.

Denys is a volunteer worker for the Indo-China Refugee Association. Denys dilgently assista Burmese refugees with all matters relating to resettlement in Australia, including housing, scholling, job seeking and Centrelink negotiations.

In the Meritorious Service to the Community Award – Organisations, the Springvale Ethnic Chinese Elderly Caring Friendship Association was recognised.

This association (SECECFA) was created in 1990. SECECFA maintain Chinese culture through events and festivals, such as Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival, as well as providing members with the oportunity to participate in various social programs. The Association encourages intergration into Australian society through outings and information sessions.

For more information and for a full list of award recipients, contact the Victorian Multicultural Commission on    9208 3184 or go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au .

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