Indian born Deepak Vinayak is nominated as a Multicultural Champion for services to multiculturalism in Victoria at the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence. Along with Deepak, Sarah Sabbagh, and Parsu Sharma-Luital were announced as the first three Multicultural Champions, with more recipients to be announced in the near future.
Among the recipients was Pakistani-Australian psychotherapist Batul Gulani, who received the Premier’s Award for Community Harmony for her work with culturally diverse communities.
Previously Mr Vinayak was bestowed with the honour of People of Australia Ambassador, White Ribbon Ambassador and Australia Day Ambassador for 4 consecutive years.
He hails from Bathinda in Punjab and arrived in Australia 21 years ago, He is a Melbourne based Justice of Peace and Community Liaison Officer at Metro.