Champion of India-Australia friendship wins top award

Canfan 27 November 2014

A long-time champion of multicultural harmony, particularly relations between India and Australia, was last night named ACT Multicultural Advocate of the Year.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch presented Raj Satija with the accolade at the 2014 ACT Multicultural Awards.

“Mr Satija has been a stalwart of Canberra’s Indian community and encouraged our city to celebrate cultural events such as Holi and Harmony Day,” Ms Burch said.

“On top of this, Mr Satija has also raised funds for causes such as flood relief in Fiji, Bosom Buddies, Autism Asperger ACT and orphanages in Delhi.”

Raewyn Bastion was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

“Ms Bastion is a highly respected community leader who has volunteered in the Maori community for more than 20 years as President of the Kia Ora Te Whanau Social Club and Vice President of the ACT Ethnic Schools Association,” Ms Burch said.

“Ms Bastion has volunteered on the board of the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc (MARSS) for the past 12 years and been instrumental in sourcing funds for MARSS’ community events.”

The annual ACT Multicultural Awards recognise achievements across the Canberra community in promoting a society that recognises advances different cultures.

Tonight’s other winners were: MARSS (Community Organisation Award), ACT Health (Public Sector) and Charnwood-Dunlop School (Education). Biographies are attached.

(Joy Burch Media Release)

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