Gloria was inducted in the Victorian Multicultural Honour Role and was recognised along with 24 other honour roll inductees, at the 2023 Multicultural Awards for Excellence in Melbourne, Victoria in December.
The awards formally recognise people and organisations who have fostered cross-cultural understanding and supported those with migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to fully participate in all aspects of Victorian life.
The awards were attended by the Governor of Victoria, Margaret Gardner AC, the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ingrid Stitt MP, and Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Vivienne Nguyen AM (pictured above with Gloria).
Gloria - who was also named an emerging leader in 2022 - said she was “honoured and humbled to share the red carpet with a group of inspirational leaders” at the Government House ceremony.
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The Honour Roll replacing the Meritorious Service to Community category recognises the efforts of individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions and commitments to the Victorian multicultural community. Gloria’s advocacy and activism in supporting Australia’s multicultural community started with an opportunity to lead Cultural Inc ERG at NAB.
“In 2024 I aim to build greater strategic influence beyond Corporate Australia in closing the health gap, driving financial inclusion and enhancing sports participation,” she said.
“It is incredible to be standing on or 'next to' shoulders of giants. Thank you for unwavering support and trust in my endeavours."
VMC Chair, Vivienne Nguyen, congratulated all the award recipients. “I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all our champions of multiculturalism. This year’s winners are everything we ask Victorians to be. They serve their communities, foster cross-cultural understanding and drive us closer to social cohesion.
“We know these individuals do their work without the thought or need for awards. But the VMC believes in the power of recognition, and one of our fundamental principles is to promote and celebrate our communities. Not only because they deserve to be acknowledged but because it helps the broader population to understand who we are, what ‘s important in a multicultural society and what we bring.”
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