Governor’s Multicultural Awards celebrating our state’s cultural diversity
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison has congratulated the 28 finalists and 14 winners recognised at today's presentation of the Governor's Multicultural Awards.
The awards were presented by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, at Government House today as part of an event to celebrate South Australia's cultural diversity.
"The Governor's Multicultural Awards recognise those who promote multiculturalism and increase community understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity," Ms Bettison said.
"This annual celebration is an opportunity to thank the people who demonstrate such wonderful generosity, passion and dedication through their contributions to our culturally diverse society.
"I congratulate all the award winners, finalists and nominees who help our culturally diverse communities and South Australia's multiculturalism to thrive."
There were more than 70 nominations for the 12 categories of the awards, which are Arts and Culture, Community Sector, Media, Public Sector, Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Youth and Outstanding Individual Achievement.
The winner of the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, Bill Spurr AO, was recognized for 40 years of contributions to South Australia's culturally diverse communities.
"Bill's leadership at the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Bureau and the South Australian Tourism Commission helped to build South Australia's reputation for welcoming international visitors," Ms Bettison said.
"Under his leadership at Education Adelaide, the number of international students in South Australia increased to more than 30,000. The panel commended Bill's personal connections with students, their families and employers."
SA Police Senior Constable Ellie Scutchings won an individual Arts and Culture Award for her work with Aboriginal Women Elders in the APY lands, which culminated in an art exhibition.
ABC reporter, Michael Dulaney, won an Individual Media Award for his coverage of multiculturalism in the Port Pirie area.
The winner of the Youth category, Fida Hussain, arrived in Australia as an unaccompanied minor and is currently on a bridging visa. His positive outlook and connection with new arrivals have made him a significant asset as a volunteer for Welcome to Australia.
Minister Bettison said organisational winners included the Migrant Women's Support Service for assisting migrant and refugee clients in crisis for over 30 years; the Women's and Children's Hospital and Babies Division for supporting new mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and the Adelaide Kurdish Youth Society for helping Kurdish young people settle in the community.
The Governor Hieu Van Le said that more than 400 guests attended today's celebration.
"In South Australia we recognise and celebrate our cultural diversity through many cultural events, celebrations and festivals," he said.
"These showcase the wonderful skills, talents and experiences of our citizens. It is important we continue to progress our multicultural journey and learn more about each other, and share our experiences, to build on our tolerant and cohesive society.
"I am proud to host this celebration of cultural diversity and presenting the multicultural awards.
"I congratulate all the nominees, finalists and winners of the eighth Governor's Multicultural Awards."