PMA take out WA award
The Pilbara Multicultural Association sure has made a huge impact on the local community by bringing people together.
And the Office of Multicultural Interest, a division of the Department of Local Government, has also seen this impact and has awarded the PMA with the WA Community Service Excellence Award at their recent ceremony in Perth on March 14.
This award recognises a not-for-profit organisation for accomplishing outstanding work in advancing multicultural inclusiveness and participation.
PMA president Anand Subramoney said that over the years, the PMA has been heavily involved in getting the community together through events that they hold.
“The PMA has been focusing on specific cultural groups in order to promote awareness and acceptance within our community through the sharing of information, music, dance and food.”
Mr Subramoney said that he was not informed before the ceremony, but when he started to receive numerous phone calls from the organisers regarding his attendance, he got a bit suspicious.
“This would not have been possible had we not been recommended by Shire President, Fiona White-Hartig, nor the submission that was completed and sent by Raelene Gill from the Community Development team at the Shire. “
The PMA are very proud of their achievement and ecstatic as it is such a prestigious award.
“We had a committee of only six people, and for that group to have pulled off what they did in 2011, was nothing short of miraculous,” Mr Subramoney said.
“We only hope that we can keep on doing things for an even broader community in the Shire.
“We could not have achieved any of this without the continuous support of local businesses, schools, family and friends, the Shire and the community.”