ECCV says Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Awards for Excellence an outstanding celebration of diversity

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) says the Victorian Multicultural Commission Awards for Excellence are an outstanding celebration of diversity and the strength of multiculturalism in Victoria.


ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said the depth and range of the awards were a fitting tribute to ethnic and multicultural communities that have given so much to Victorian society.


“These awards champion the great success of individuals and community leaders from our state’s diverse culturally and linguistically diverse groups, who have worked tirelessly to make Victoria the great multicultural success story that in many ways is the envy of the world.


“It is wonderful that the VMC has formally honoured many individuals and community groups who are an inspiration to others in the promotion of social cohesion, inter-faith understanding and support for the principles underlying multiculturalism.


“There are many individuals and organisations that the ECCV has worked closely with throughout the years who have been recipients of these awards, and we are pleased to see some of these in this year’s awards.


“The head of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Carmel Guerra, who has been awarded the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony, has been an outstanding advocate for refugee and migrant young people over many years.


“We have also been privileged to work closely with Nail Aykan from the Islamic Council of Victoria, who has been given the Award for Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria. In recent times, we have worked closely with Nail and the ICV on a range of important issues, and his award is highly deserved.


“ECCV is also delighted to see that in the Award For Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria category, Con Pagonis - who works with us and a number of other organisations as a senior volunteer – has been acknowledged.  It is very appropriate that he has been recognised for his extensive work in the area of multiculturalism and the government sector.


“John Haddad has been given an award for Meritorious Service to the Community. Apart from his many achievements, John has been a bilingual worker with the ECCV, on a range of programs. His award is highly deserved.”


Mr Micallef said that under the Victorian Multicultural Business Awards, the Bestway Supermarket in Dandenong was given the Corporate Innovation Award.


“As part of the ECCV’s Business Energy Smart Tips Project, Bestway was profiled as an outstanding case study on how to best implement energy-saving practices for migrant businesses, and we are pleased this business has been acknowledged as being highly innovative, and an outstanding example to others.”

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