Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services’ work has been recognised with the Victorian Award for Meritorious Service to the Community.
The service was one of six organisations across the state to receive the award, which recognises excellence in multiculturalism.
The Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Helen Kapalos said the service had received the award in recognition of its innovative community programs which achieved successful outcomes.
Executive Officer Kate McInnes said the service was “thrilled and honoured” to receive the award.
“What we do here is a team effort, and this award speaks to the work, passion and dedication of all our staff, board members and volunteers,” Ms McInnes said.
“It really is a team effort and we have a very hardworking team who are passionate about supporting the community, so we’re very excited to have our work recognised.
“It speaks to our work across a range of areas, including our work in the arts, our work in employment, providing English education for people who are newly arrived in the community.”
Established in 1999, the Multicultural Service is run by and for multicultural communities.
It aims to empower people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to participate fully in Australian society.
Its programs include employment services, English teaching, family and youth projects, and social activities.
Last year the service ran the Zinda Festival, which was a celebration of multicultural music, food and art.
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