Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2015

The Victorian Government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) honoured 75 recipients for their outstanding contributions to our multicultural community in a special ceremony at Government House  on Thursday 3 December, 2015

The awards celebrated the inspiring work and voluntary efforts of recipients from 23 different cultures and faiths, with 25 recipients working across multiple diverse communities. 

Recipients received  awards from the Governor, Premier, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, Deputy Commissioner, Victoria Police, and the VMC Chairperson. 

Since the award program was launched 14years ago, 1775 individuals and 459 organisations have been recognised.

Among the 2015 recipients, were two extraordinary women – Carmel Guerra and Roshan Bhandary.

Carmel Guerra, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Multicultural Youth,  received the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony, and Roshan Bhandry, Program Manager of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, was inducted to the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll.

Carmel Guerra
Carmel Guerra is the founder of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) which focuses on building community understanding and tolerance rather than simply delivering programs that support disadvantaged refugee and migrant young people. Over the past decade Carmel has led programs across Victoria that build a sense of connection, create youth participation and promote tolerance. Over the past five years more than 5,000 young people have participated in the program. 

One of the initiatives Carmel established was the Mary Danckert Youth Internship. Carmel acts as a mentor to many young community leaders, assisting them to create their own organisations.  One of these is Sudanese Australian Youth Action Group, a group of hopeful and passionate young Sudanese Australians who are committed to creating and leading community change for African young people.  Their mission is to support, empower and promote young African Australians.

Roshan Bhandary
Roshan Bhandary’s career in the fields of community development, gender development and social justice span 15 years with her working almost exclusively with culturally and linguistically communities.  Since arriving in Australia from Nepal in 2008 she has worked at inTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence as a Program Manager where she has shaped the development and delivery of significant and unique community engagement programs with a focus on primary and early intervention. As well as this, Roshan has also been instrumental in the establishment of language specific CALD men’s behaviour change programs for two cultural communities.


Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2014

In 2014, the Victorian Government honoured 73 individuals and 17 organisations.


Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2013

In 2013, the Victorian Government honoured 77 people and 23 organisations.


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