Last chance to nominate Diversity Heroes

28 August 2017

The nomination deadline for Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence has been extended, and is now closing at midnight today – Monday 28 August 2017.

Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos said the Commission had received many fantastic nominations telling them about some of Victoria’s best Diversity Heroes.

"I would really like to acknowledge the efforts of the nominations we have received so far," Ms Kapalos said.

"To allow more time for those who would like to shine a light on inspiring Victorians, the Commission now welcomes nominations by midnight, Monday 28 August."

The Multicultural Awards for Excellence honour individuals and organisations for outstanding initiatives that foster intercultural understanding and strengthen Victoria’s multicultural communities.

Nominations are invited across 10 award categories spanning business, government, education, media, volunteering, youth and policing.

To make a last minute nomination – complete the nomination form located at multicultural.vic.gov.au including details of two referees and a statement of support.

Nominations can be submitted online or via email, and for assistance completing the nomination process, email rsvpvmc@vmc.vic.gov.au or call  (03) 7017 8189 by 5pm today.

Staff from Yarra City Council, which received a high commendation in the government category at the 2016 awards, said the honour inspired them to continue to explore ways to make it easier for their diverse community to understand information about developments in their local area.

"Five per cent of our residents reported that they did not speak English well or at all in the 2016 Census – that’s almost 5,000 people," said Yarra's Digital Communications Advisor, Simon Osborne.

"Our bi-monthly newsletter, which is delivered to all 45,000 homes and businesses, includes summaries of all major stories in four key languages.

"These stories are also broadcast in Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek and Arabic on community radio stations 3ZZZ and 3CR.”

Mr Osborne said Yarra would soon also be translating their social media posts so users could read them in their own language.

"Having our work recognised by the Victorian Multicultural Commission supports Yarra’s dedication to making a true difference in the way we communicate and engage with CALD communities."

2017 award recipients will be invited to a ceremony at Government House along with high-profile Victorian dignitaries and community leaders.

Find out more at multicultural.vic.gov.au.

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