WIN awarded for community efforts

EFFORTS to create a more inclusive and harmonious community has earned Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours its second state award in as many years.

The organisation took out the Minister's Choice Queensland Multicultural Youth Award for its Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity program.

WIN director Natalia Muszkat (above) and several of the youth team accepted the award on Saturday night at a gala dinner in Brisbane.

Last year WIN created the Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity group involving motivated young people who are passionate about cultural diversity in their community.

Ms Muszkat said it was great to be recognised and for people to acknowledge what the group is doing.

"It was a big surprise for the kids," she said.

"They do it because they're interested and they want other young people to get involved and understand more of the issues around diversity," she said.

She said the WIN staff are also learning with the youth group.

"We're learning how to work with young people and how diversity and moving to a new country affects young people who come into schools, and how to help settle young people into the country socially," she said.

WIN had been selected in the Communication and Media Achievement category but instead was chosen by the minister for the youth award.

Last year WIN won the Outstanding Community Organisation (Regional) award.



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