Lockyer Valley woman wins Queensland multicultural award

A LOCKYER Valley woman has received a Queensland Multicultural Award for her work to establish a range of festivals and centres for the community. 

Gatton's Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich won the Services and Communities Award - Individual for her role establishing the first Youth Council in the Lockyer Valley.

She was also recognised for her work setting up the Gatton Multicultural Festival and the Overseas Students Association Support Group.

She also founded the Lockyer Valley Multicultural Association and the Somerset Migrant Resource Centre.

Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich.
Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich. David Nielsen

Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace announced the eight winners and congratulated the 27 finalists.

"These awards recognise some of the outstanding organisations and individuals who are such a vital part of Queensland's multicultural success story," she said.

"I want to congratulate all finalists for their efforts to create a harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

The award ceremony was held in Logan today.

From this year August is Queensland Multicultural Month.

Ms Grace said all finalists were setting a great example and providing inspiration to all Queenslanders.

"They remind us that Queensland always has, and always will, depend on the skill and talent of people drawn from all parts of the globe," she said.

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