NSW Humanitarian Awards recognise 'exceptional contributions'

The award winners.
The award winners.

Those that have gone above and beyond in making an extraordinary difference in the lives of people from refugee backgrounds were recognised at the 13th NSW Humanitarian Awards on Monday.

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) presented the awards to coincide with Refugee Week. This year, Refugee Week celebrates the theme "Unity- The Way Forward".

The awards were presented by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley in a private official ceremony at Government House, Sydney.

STARTTS chief executive Jorge Aroche said the resettlement journey is "long and arduous".

"Success depends not just on the work of organisations like STARTTS, but on the actions and commitment of a huge range of stakeholders," he said.

"It is a privilege to be able to recognise exceptional contributions through the Humanitarian Awards on the occasion of Refugee Week."

RCOA chief executive Paul Power said: "The NSW Humanitarian Awards highlight some of the many quiet heroes in our community, working to help newly arrived refugees make the most of the opportunities available to them in Australia."

The 2021 winners are:

Refugee Community Worker: Mohammad Reza Rostami.

Highly Commended: Basim Shamoan.

Refugee Supporter: Dr David Wynter.

Highly Commended: Fiona Carr.

Media: 'Temporary' Project.

Best Project: Lakemba Rohingya Interagency.

Highly Commended: Settlement Services International (SSI) Care Package Program.

Youth: Abdallah Altibi.

Education: Eva Atkins.

Rural and Regional: Bindee Jobe.

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