NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2014 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals to recognise community leaders who have made outstanding contributions.
These medals honour the outstanding contribution of migrants, and those who work in the field of multiculturalism in NSW.
The program is co-ordinated by the Community Relations Commission (CRC) for a multicultural NSW.
NSW Community Relations Commission Chair Vic Alhadeff encouraged people in the Inverell area to look around and nominate unsung heroes to celebrate Australia’s multicultural success story.
“Inverell is a flourishing and generous community with a diverse and healthy cultural blend. The Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals give the people of Inverell a wonderful opportunity to recognise leaders within the Inverell community who have advanced the cause of social harmony and inclusion,” Mr Alhadeff said.
“It’s an opportunity to identify people in Inverell and the surrounding areas who have put into practice the principles which make Australia the great country that we are – a nation of immigrants, colours and diversity – by building bridges and breaking down barriers.”
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the awards were an important opportunity for multicultural community leaders in the region to be recognised for their service and achievements.
“I encourage people to identify current leaders within our multicultural communities whose outstanding service warrants special recognition,” he said.
Nominations are also open for the Multicultural Honour Roll, which places on permanent record the names and achievements of significant immigrant pioneers.
The Multicultural Community Medals Program is now in its second year and recognises six categories of community service:
-Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award: for an individual or organisation building social cohesion and acceptance between members of different cultural or faith communities
-Youth: for an individual under the age of 25 who promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding;
-Lifetime Community Service: for an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to service within a migrant community
-Arts and Culture: for an individual who enhances the cultural and artist life in NSW through the promotion of cultural understanding
-Regional Communities: for an individual who contributes significantly to the wellbeing of a particular regional community
-Economic Participation: for an individual who fosters stronger economic relations between NSW and another country in the industry
Mr Alhadeff stressed the medals celebrated the diversity of the nation.
“The more we not only understand, but actively embrace, the fact that we are a multicultural society, the more inclusive and harmonious a place this will be,” he said.
“It means generating the message that if we aren’t indigenous, we are immigrants
Every one of us.
“It means we arrived here from 170 different cultures and origins and that we bring 170 cultures to the table.
“That is who we are as Australians that is who we are as the Australian nation.”
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell will announce the winners at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on April 10, 2014 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
Details on the Multicultural Community Medals, including information on how to lodge a nomination, can be found on the Community Relations Commission website, www.crc.nsw.gov.au.
Nominations close on February 21.
LAST YEAR: The winner of the Premier’s Multicultural Community Medal for regional communities Nasser Sedghi (second from right) with Troy Grant, MP for Dubbo, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister Victor Dominello.
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