The Multicultural Honour Roll recognises outstanding community members and organisations who go above and beyond to support, celebrate and advocate for Victoria’s multicultural communities. Sam Atukorala, of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, was one of the Inductees for 2022.
The Andrews Labor Government is honouring the unsung heroes of Victoria who have demonstrated grit and resilience to create positive and lasting impacts for their communities.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence joined Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen AM at a ceremony honouring the first inductees into Victoria’s Multicultural Honour Roll.
The Multicultural Honour Roll recognises outstanding community members and organisations who go above and beyond to support, celebrate and advocate for Victoria’s multicultural communities.
The 29 inductees represent trailblazers, emerging leaders and passionate community members from 19 cultures who support and amplify multicultural or multifaith communities, often voluntarily and without formal position.
The contributions of the 2022 inductees are especially significant, given the vital role they played in keeping our communities safe and connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenging times, inductees were able to support their communities, and represent a generosity of spirit of which Victoria can be proud.
The Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll replaces the Meritorious Service to the Community category of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s annual Multicultural Awards for Excellence and ensures the social, cultural, and economic benefits of cultural diversity continue to be showcased.
Details of the 29 Multicultural Honour Roll inductees are at multiculturalcommission.vic.gov.au/victorian-multicultural-honour-roll.
Sam Atukorala is a community leader and mentor to members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the Goulburn Murray community in Shepparton.
As the Strategic Engagement Coordinator (Goulburn Region) for the Ethnic Council of Shepparton, Sam has initiated, developed, and coordinated several projects, programs, and events to support multicultural people in the community, including newly arrived migrants settling and transitioning into life in Australia.
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