Welcoming A New Multicultural Commissioner

09 May 2017

Respected community leader Sisay Dinku has been appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced the appointment, which fills an existing four-year term vacancy in the leadership team.

Mr Dinku’s appointment brings the number of VMC Commissioners to 11.

Mr Dinku – replacing Peter Khalil who resigned as a Commissioner last year to run for federal office – is a member of the Andrews Labor Government’s African Ministerial Taskforce, a current AFL community ambassador and has been a long-time advocate for migrant and multicultural communities in Victoria.

Currently a Regional Work for the Dole Manager with recruiter Sarina Russo, Mr Dinku has an extensive background in employment services as well as strong ties with the African community through various foundations and boards.

His term as Commissioner will expire at the end of August 2019.

The VMC – headed by Chair Helen Kapalos – is an independent body that speaks on behalf of Victoria’s diverse communities to inform government policy.

It plays a key role in promoting participation, understanding, cohesion and harmony across the state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Sisay’s knowledge and experience will be a valuable addition to the VMC team, particularly in the areas of employment and job recruitment in African communities.”

“Each of our Commissioners act as an advocate for culturally diverse Victorians – they know the issues and they know how to address them.”

“I look forward to working with Sisay and the VMC as we continue to build on Victoria’s proud multiculturalism.”

Quotes attributable to VMC Chair Helen Kapalos

“Multiculturalism is now everybody’s business … and our culturally and linguistically diverse communities deserve the equality opportunities and access to ensure they thrive in this great state.”

“Sisay’s work in the community is highly regarded and respected.”

“I warmly welcome him as a member of the VMC team.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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