The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) Chairperson, Yasmin Khan, has been named the Queensland Finalist for Australia’s Local Hero in the prestigious 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.
As a diversity champion, Ms Khan has spent many years as an advocate, breaking down barriers and countering myths about Islam and the Muslim Community by sharing the positive achievements and contributions Muslim community members have made in Queensland and Australia.
In 2005, she founded Eidfest to celebrate the end of Ramadhan and to build bridges to the wider community. The celebration attracts 10,000 visitors from the Muslim and non-Muslim community. The event is a great opportunity to showcase the contributions the local Muslim community has made in Queensland.
More recently Ms Khan established a support centre for Muslim women and women from the Indian subcontinent who are victims of domestic violence.
Ms Khan is a well-known speaker raising awareness of issues experienced amongst Muslim communities; she also shares life experiences to promote understanding between cultures. She also represents her community on multiple reference groups including as multicultural ambassador for the AFL and Asian Cup.
Ms Khan has served on the ECCQ Board Directors since 2013 and as Deputy Chairperson for one year.
Queensland’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at Customs House in Brisbane.
The Queensland Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2017.
For more information visit www.eccq.com.au