Last night Canberran individuals and organisations were recognised for their contribution to Canberra’s multicultural community.
Canberra’s multicultural champions were tonight recognised at the 2013 ACT Centenary Multicultural Awards.
Among this year’s award winners was human rights champion Marion Le who was named ACT Multicultural Advocate of the Year and the Canberra Islamic Centre which was awarded Community Organisation of the Year.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch presented the awards and said they acknowledged the commitment of local organisations and individuals in celebrating and supporting diversity in our community.
“All winners – individuals and organisations – have been recognised for their selfless dedication to working with others to promote and support the development of their communities,” Ms Burch said. “I thank them for their commitment and drive in ensuring Canberra remains an inclusive, supportive and diverse community.”
The theme of this year’s awards was 100 cultures celebrating Canberra’s Centenary.
2013 Winners included:
— Community Organisation of the Year Award – Canberra Islamic Centre
— Highly Commended: Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc
— Multicultural Advocate of the Year – Marion Le
— Education Award – Aranda Primary School EALD Teaching Team
— Public Sector Award – Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen Child and Family Centres, Community Services Directorate
— Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award – Mr Ebenezer Banful
— Media Award – Mr Victor Marillanca
— Business Enterprise of the Year Award – Canberra CBD Limited