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2014 Multicultural Excellence Awards

The 2014 Multicultural Excellence Awards will be held on the 23rd of October at the Big Kart Track.

To nominate, compleate this form and email it back to or drop it off to the Nambour or Caloundra Community Centre.

For up to date information follow MEA on Facebook.



2013 Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards

The 2013 MEA awards culminated on Friday 18th October at Arnica Waterfront resturant. It was a fantastic night, big congrats to all nominees and finalists, check out their facebook page for photo's and more. Thanks to the USC PR students and all the sponsers.

Congratualtions to all of the finalists and winners of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards. Winners are in bold;

Youth award - Marina De Jager
Social Excellence:
  • Severine Littee
  • Susuma "Genta" Tsukimori
  • Gabriella Matacchioni
Economic Excellence:
  • Maike Thiessen -
  • Vivianne Diwalibi -
  • Robin Bristow
Ecological Excellence:
  • Bruce Fox
  • Claude Lacasse
  • Mary-Jane Weld

Hall of Fame - Harry and Stella Passeggi

The Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Award (MEAwards) have been created to recognize the outstanding contribution that has been made to the Sunshine Coast by individuals from a multicultural background.


The MEAwards have been developed by The Sunshine Coast Community Cooperative and students studying Public Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast.


"SEXY and LOCAL" - Community Workshop

On the 25th October 2012 the SCCC hosted a workshop about public relations and communicating the value of neighbourhood and community centers at the North Shore Community Centre.


2011 Multicultural Excellence Award Finalists

The nominations are all in and the 2011 ME Awards Finalists are:

Colin Graham (Ireland)
Maurizio Fenu (Italy)
Waqas Tarar (Pakistan)
Ingrid Klein Ovink (Holland)

Simon Laing (New Zealand)
Michael Todd (Zimbabwe)
Gabor Ganczer (Hungary)

Shalin Day (Fiji)
Lawrence Seiuli (New Zealand)
Jacques Fayolle (Mauritius)
Wen Jie Li (China)

Florence Teillet (France)
Teena Saulo (Philippines)
Dawn Oelrich (Canada)

Laurentine ten Bosch (Holland)
Vas Srinivasan (India)
Vivianna Dawalibi (Sudan)

Kama Frankling (England)
Folker Hanusch (Germany)
Clive May (England)
Carolyn Jalal (Fiji)

Academic special mention: La Belle / Phatthariya Sompasak

Youth Achievement:
Jemma Abbott (Scotland)
Jordan Furness (Papua New Guinea)
Jack Bowen (England)

Congratulations to the finalists and all those people who were nominated, 2011 saw a record number of entries.


2011 Sunshine Coast Connections:

Faces and Places

The Sunshine Coast Community Cooperative wants to hear stories (and see a picture) about people who have migrated to Australia. To participate, you are invited to interview someone you know or approach a family or friend and through a photo and a question or two, capture some attributes and experiences about 100 words in length would be great.

A collection of these stories and pictures will be on display at the Multicultural Excellence Awards Night. We have provided some sample questions below if people want to use a few of these to assisst in the harvest ofpeople's stories.

For more Information about how you can contribute to this project, contact Amelia or Mark p 5441 4724 or email

Sample questions....

Most people that migrate to Australia end up in a capital city. What brought you to the Sunshine Coast?

If you had to do it again (migrate) what would you do differently?

How has your life changed since moving to the Sunshine Coast.

If a friend or relative was coming over to visit you, what are 3 things you would tell them they absolutely have to bring?

Is there something from your home country/ town that you wish you could have on the Sunshine Coast? (Drinks, treats, food items, customs, events, people)

Finish this sentence: In five years time I hope that the Sunshine Coast�

If you were to go back to your home country on holidays, what piece of the Sunshine Coast would you like to take with you and why?

When you first arrived in Australia, what was something quirky, strange or weird that caught your attention?

When you first came to Australia, was there something that you found strange or annoying about Australia but that now you have grown to love? (E.g.: AFL, Neighbours,Vegemite, Shark nets, etc.)

When friends from your home country ask you about life on the Sunshine Coast, what do you tell them?

Feel free to make up your own questions and have fun!!!


Establishing a Social Enterprise Workshop

Interactive workshop for community groups planning to establish a Social Enterprise on the Sunshine Coast. Featuring expert advice and possbile mentor support

Are you a community group planning to establish a social enterprise? Come along to an interactive workshop for community groups planning to establish a Social Enterprise.

Presenter, Susan Black from Social Ventures Australia, community groups and an expert panel will take you through a journey of the challenging and uplifting processes involved in establishing a social enterprise.

You will have the rare opportunity to see live scenarios of community groups and business experts going through the critical questions and answers on establishing a successful social enterprise. You will also gain access to mentor support and networks.

This workshop is the second stage to workshops held in 2010, which introduced the concept and base processes of social enterprises. All community groups, and group supporters, are encouraged to attend, no matter if you attended the first workshops or what stage you are at.

Date Thursday 7th April, 2011

Venue Lake Kawana Community Centre

114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Time 9:30 am to 1.30 pm

RSVP Monday 4th April

Bookings Natasha Odgers, E:

Enquiries P: 07 5492 9860

Click here to download a flyer for this workshop

This workshop is hosted by the Sunshine Coast Community Cooperative and supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Social Ventures Australia and Volunteering Sunshine Coast.

Social enterprises are social mission driven organisations which apply market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose. The movement includes both non-profits that use business models to pursue their mission and for-profits whose primary purposes are social. Their aim to accomplish targets that are social and/or environmental as well as financial is often referred to as the triple bottom line.

We hope to see you there,

Sunshine Coast Community Co-op


Understanding Social Enterprise

Learn how it works and the potential impacts it has for the social sector across the Sunshine Coast.


Two Free Workshops, lunch provided

Workshop 1

Date Wednesday 13th October 2010

Venue Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny

Time 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

RSVP Wednesday 6th October, Ph. 07 5499 9345

Workshop 2

Date Monday 18th October 2010

Venue Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Fifth Avenue, Cotton Tree

Time 10.30 am to 1.30 pm

RSVP Monday 11th October, Ph. 07 5443 6696

Enquire Natasha Odgers,



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