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2018 YOUNG COMMUNITY ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Amarjot Bagga

Community Engagement Manager

Australian Turf Club

Amarjot works in an industry with a glass ceiling for women, ethnic minorities, and migrants paving the way for others to be involved in an incredible industry. Amarjot has centralized charity requests, establishing relationships with those in need in the community and mobilized employees to support various charitable efforts. She is often placed in delicate situations with having to make decisions on which applications and requests for assistance the Club will support, However, her compassionate and thoughtful approach ensures that she always acts with integrity and is a great ambassador for the Industry.

Joseph Kolapudi

Consultant

PourOut

Joseph has worked with a nonprofit initiative in South India, involving himself in community development, and speaking in various schools, places of worship, and villages raising awareness for youth engagement. He worked with international agency, Interserve Australia, and has spoken in schools regarding mental health and fostering healthy relationships in schools in North India. Further, he has assisted in driving positive business and social enterprises when teaching at an academy in Nepal.

Kaushik Sridhar

 National Sustainability Manager

Regis Aged Care

Dr Kaushik Sridhar is the National Sustainability Manager at Regis Healthcare. He has spent the last ten years working at companies including KPMG, EY, Macquarie University and Unisys, focusing on conceiving and executing large-scale projects related to sustainable development, community impact, business transformation, and embedding sustainability within business strategies and core values. Kaushik's commitment  making an impact in the community as well as driving change within large organisations have placed him in good stead with a wide range of stakeholders.

Mili Dakshin

Student

Macquarie Fields High School

Mili started painting at a very early age of 3 years and developed the passion for painting. She has won many awards/prizes from United Indian Association, Rotary Club Campbelltown, Fairfax Newspaper, Camden Chamber of Commerce and Real Estate Partners at Camden. Apart from the normal fabric and watercolor paintings, Mili has specialized in ‘Kuncha Kaavya’. Kuncha Kaavya’ is a specialized form of painting from South India where an artist completes a painting in a record time of 6 minutes while a singer sings a song.

Saumya Raman

 Teacher

Sydney Sanskrit School

Saumya started as a student in Sydney Sanskrit school. On completing her HSC she pursued her bachelors and master’s degree and is now an accomplished health services professional. She continued her association with the school by returning as a trainee teacher immediately after HSC being the first student to enroll as a Sanskrit teacher in Australia, leading by example. 

Partha Narayan Mishra

Doctoral Research Scholar​ 

University of Queensland

Partha is a Ph.D. student in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland. Beyond his academic and professional endeavours, he has constantly been involved and leading several initiatives promoting postgraduate (14,000+) and international student experience, multiculturalism within the University of Queensland and in Brisbane through his roles as the Chair of the EAIT postgraduate conference (2018), Advisor-UQ Indian student club (2018), UQU Postgraduate officer (2017), president of UQU Association of Postgraduate Students (2017),

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Reena Augustine

Founder

Red Carpet Functions

Throughout her professional career, Reena has accumulated a substantial number of notable accolades and accomplishments. In 2018, Reena was appointed as the Queen’s Baton Bearer for the Commonwealth games. She was been conferred several awards including the Varnam Cultural Qld Community service award 2018, the Brisbane Women in Business Award for Community Dedication 2016 and the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural round table scholarship for 2017-2018. Further, she was placed within the Lord Mayor’s final 12 for the 2016 Mayoral Awards; 

Simran Keswani

Supporter 

Sydney Indian Community 

At just 15 years of age, Simran took it upon herself to organise the White Ribbon annual event for the Sydney Indian community, raising $5000 for the White Ribbon cause. She has also started her own campaign, called the Case Closed Project which aims to eliminate victim blaming for female victims of abuse. To launch her campaign, she organised a charity gala dinner which took an entire year of hard work and challenges.

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