South Australians recognised for their contributions to cultural diversity
Fourteen South Australians have received a gong for their contribution to South Australia's cultural diversity at today's Governor's Multicultural Awards at Government House.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison congratulated the 14 winners and 42 finalists who were recognised for their outstanding achievements in promoting multiculturalism.
"These awards recognise the positive contribution multicultural organisations and individuals make to our state through the arts, volunteering and the media," Ms Bettison said.
"They acknowledge the work of the people who help to make South Australia such a vibrant and diverse place to live.
"With about 22 per cent of South Australians born overseas, we live multiculturalism every day in this state and these awards help to recognise and celebrate this."
One of the award winners, Maria Dnistrjanski OAM, has been a passionate volunteer for the Ukrainian community for more than 30 years.
"She has served her community through her volunteer efforts with a Ukrainian dancing group, school, churches and women's groups for the last 20 years, devoting her time to helping older Ukrainian people," Ms Bettison said.
The winner of the Youth Award, Wathnak Vy, arrived in Adelaide in 2012 from Cambodia. He quickly learnt English and succeeded in his year 10 and 11 studies at Woodville High School in just two terms.
"He has embraced his new home by participating in various youth and multicultural activities and organisations as a member, ambassador and leader," Ms Bettison said.
"Last year, Wathnak demonstrated his commitment to social justice on a national scale by helping to start a campaign to raise awareness of two Vietnamese school mates who were under community detention."
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, said more than 400 guests attended today's celebration.
"Today's event included a multi-faith blessing, three cultural performances, music from the Band of the South Australian Police and a presentation about the history of migration to South Australia," His Excellency said.
"In South Australia we recognise and celebrate our cultural diversity through many cultural events, celebrations and festivals showcasing the wonderful skills, talents and experiences of our citizens.
"It is important that as a state we continue to progress on our multicultural journey, and learn more about each other, and share our experiences, to build on our tolerant and cohesive society.
"I take great pride in hosting this celebration of cultural diversity and presenting the multicultural awards.
"I congratulate all the nominees, finalists and winners of the seventh Governor's Multicultural Awards."
Other winners include ActNow Theatre, for its new touring work 'Responding to Racism', which assists young people identify, respond to and prevent racism, and the Port Adelaide Football Club and Football Federation of South Australia, which have used sport to bring together people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.