The awards attracted more than 200 nominations, showing the breadth and support of people who make Victoria a great place to live.
Seven Greek Australians have been honoured with Multicultural Awards of Excellent for their service to the community this week.
The awards are a Victorian Multicultural Commission initiative and aim to highlight everyday heroes who offer their time to ethnic communities of Victoria.
Chris Chistodoulou from Lalor
Pandelis Hatzipandelis from Roesbud
Theodora Koufopoulos from Reservoir
Anna Nichola from Malvern East
Nellie Nikoloudis from Richmond
Maria Sotiriou from Mount Elisa
Maria Vlachodimitropoulos from Wheelers Hill
all got honoured for their service to the Greek Australian community.
In 2013, the Victorian Government honoured 77 people and 23 organisations. Awards were presented across ten categories, including the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony and the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll Inductee.
The awards were also presented by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras, Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell, Minister for Education Martin Dixon, and Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay.
Mr Chistodoulou was honoured for his work for the Greek Australian Cypriot community, and has been instrumental in the development of the new Cypriot Age Care Facility in South Morang.
VMC Chairperson, Mr Chin Tan said it was nice to see emerging communities represented in the awards.