Jimboomba Times senior journalist Christine Rossouw has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Award in the Communications and Media Achievement category.
Finalists across seven categories were publicly announced by Minister for Multicultural Affairs Grace Grace last week. The awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community.
Ms Rossouw said she was deeply humbled to have been selected as a finalist to receive this award.
"I believe that it is only through understanding that barriers can be broken down,” she said.
“It has always been profoundly important to me to use my platform as a journalist to enlighten and enrich understanding across cultures and diverse communities, so having my work recognised as promoting multiculturalism is incredibly rewarding and encouraging.”
A department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services spokesperson said Ms Rossouw was a worthy finalist.
“She has a strong interest in stories about multiculturalism and human rights and has been able to bring attention to issues that are important to local culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” they said.
Access Community Services marketing, communication and events general manager Evan Alexander said Ms Rossouw specifically came to the organisation to feature migrant and refugee stories.
“She was completely proactive ensuring these people had an active voice,” he said.
The results will be announced on August 20.
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