Woman accepting award and talking into microphone.

Mrs Lieta Sauiluma-Duggan received the ACT Multicultural Individual Champion Award for her work as an advocate for diversity and multiculturalism in the ACT.

09 September 2020

A retired primary school teacher and mother of seven who has dedicated her life to supporting people with language difficulties has been recognised in this year’s ACT Multicultural Awards.

Mrs Lieta Sauiluma-Duggan received the ACT Multicultural Individual Champion Award for her work as an advocate for diversity and multiculturalism in the ACT.

A former President for the Ethnic Broadcasters' Council in the ACT and accredited interpreter and translator, Mrs Sauiluma-Duggan is renowned for her passion, dedication and compassion in advocating for vulnerable members of the community, people experiencing language and financial difficulties, and young people.

She also recently established the Samoan Advisory Council for the ACT, which aims to support members of the community who are experiencing challenges due language difficulties or are simply unaware of how to get help.

“The Individual Champion Award represents a lot of people I come in contact within my work as a volunteer community advocate or just as a community volunteer,” Mrs Sauiluma-Duggan said.

“It reminds me that voluntary work is extremely crucial to maintain harmonious living in the ACT as we strive to maintain peace and harmony in our community.”

The 10th annual ACT Multicultural Awards were held at CIT’s Reid Campus earlier this week.

The 2020 award recipients were recognised for the significant contribution they have made to the community in ensuring that the ACT continues to be a welcoming city and equal society for all, regardless of their background.

The 2020 ACT Multicultural Award recipients are:

· ACT Multicultural Individual Champion Award: Mrs Lieta Sauiluma-Duggan – a strong advocate for diversity and multiculturalism in the ACT.

· ACT Community Organisation (Multicultural Champion) Award: Quality Training in Construction – for their work to ensure communication and language barriers are overcome so that all employment program participants can learn and obtain essential skill sets.

· ACT Outstanding Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion: Libraries ACT – for providing excellent services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including the Story Time project.

· ACT Multicultural Art, Media or Culture Award: Chinese Voice Program of CMS FM 91.1 – a program that has been broadcasting for 20 years and conducts a range of radio interviews across the week covering many topics.

For more information on this year’s award recipients please visit https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/multicultural/multicultural_awards

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