NSW honours multicultural champions at Premier’s Harmony Dinner

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A Karenni refugee who provided interpreting services in Coffs Harbour, a Polish language teacher, and a young Human Rights Advocate were just three of the people honoured at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

Twelve Multicultural Community Medals were awarded in front of more than 1,600 people at the 2024 Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.

The 12 recipients were recognised for their outstanding leadership, innovation and community connection to promote social cohesion and harmony in NSW. 

The event also honoured four change makers who were inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll for the significant contribution made across the course of their lives to enhance our multicultural community.  This posthumous recognition commemorates their legacy and the impact they’ve had on influencing an inclusive, resilient and peaceful society for all. 

Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Chris Minns. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.

One of those honoured, was the Chairperson Emeritus of Multicultural NSW Advisory Board, Dr GK “Hari” Harinath OAM.  Dr Hari was incredibly passionate about gender equity and giving young people a voice. 

“It is a great honour to celebrate these exceptional community champions in the presence of their families, friends and peers,” CEO of Multicultural NSW Joseph La Posta said.

“From community work in regional NSW through to language teachers in Sydney, the award recipients showcase the very best of our multicultural society and how we can all make a difference by striving for community harmony.”

Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Nick Kaldas, Rosanna Barbero and Violet Roumeliotis. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.

The Multicultural NSW Advisory Board Chair Nick Kaldas, APM, said it was important to “recognise the outstanding achievements made across NSW and to acknowledge the lifetime of work by those who have passed”.

“The people who have been recognised with the Community Medals or induction into the Honour Roll are the reason NSW is considered one of the most successful multicultural states in the world,” he said.

Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards
Multicultural NSW Premier’s Harmony Awards. Photo: Salty Dingo.

For the full list of Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and Multicultural Honour Roll visit https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/  

The winners at the Premier's Dinner.
The winners at the Premier’s Dinner.

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