Bhutanese honored with Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence


Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) board member Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP was honoured this week with a 2012 Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence: Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria – Community, for his outstanding contribution in promoting cultural diversity and multiculturalism and advocating for new and emerging communities in Victoria and Australia. He was honored with the same award in 2010 as well.

L-R, Parsuram Sharma Luitel, Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov and Luitel’s wife Tanka

The award was presented at a ceremony at Government House on December 18 by Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, stated a press circular issued by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECSV).

Also in attendance were Victorian Governor Alex Chernov AC, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras, Victorian Multicultural Commission chair Chin Tan, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, ECCV chairperson Joe Caputo OAM and other dignitaries, added the circular.

Chernov congratulated the recipients and said the recognition reflected only a summary of the contributions made by the recipients to the community.

The circular further said, Caputo nominated Sharma-Luital for the award for his engagement in grassroots community consultation with new and emerging communities so they can lobby and advocate the state and federal governments.

Accepting the award, Sharma-Luital said: “this recognition is an acknowledgment of the contributions made by all migrant community volunteers who work tirelessly to promote cultural diversity and multiculturalism in Victoria”.

“I am very proud to be the first from a Bhutanese background to receive such a prestigious award. I dedicate this award to Victoria’s new and emerging communities.”

Meanwhile, Consulate General fo Nepal  and Nepalese Association of Victoria congratulated Luitel and other recipients of the award in a joint statement.

The Consul-General of Nepal (VIC) Chandra Yonzon congratulated Mr Sharma-Luital and thanked for his contribution to the Nepalese community

Bom Yonzon, President of Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV)said, “Sharma-Luital made significant contribution the Nepalese community when he was in NAV executive committee and furthermore the services he provided to the other community were even remarkable”.

Another non-resident Nepalese Sudhir Shakya who was also presented with Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence: Meritorious Service Award.

Sharma-Luital works at the Victoria Police as New and Emerging Community Liaison Officer and can be contacted at [email protected].