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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 October 2018) . . Page.. 4221 ..

gifted and energetic people committed to building relationships and making Canberra a better place.

I would like to take a few moments to recognise this year’s winners and their contributions. In particular, I congratulate Joseph Kemakolam Ikea, the recipient of the community leader award; Jonathan Downs, on being named the friend of Africa; Kagiso Ratlhaganae for being selected for the Afrocentric entertainer of the year award; Amadu Barrie for earning the volunteer of the year award; and Jane Chimungeni-Brassington on her achievement to secure the academic excellence award.

I would also like to extend congratulations to Yayesh Giday for winning the African Australian business award; Mona Moutrage in distinguishing herself with the professional excellence award; Joseph Delle, the winner of the Australian investor award; Edward Osie Nketia for his achievement in winning the sporting excellence award; and the South Sudanese Australian Community Association ACT for demonstrating exceptional spirit to win the African community of the year award. I would also like to congratulate the African Australian community ambassador, Tendayie Ganga; the African DJ of the year, Hassan Kamara; and Edith Muruka for her hard work and success in winning the community initiatives award.

Special thanks must go to the hardworking people behind the scenes who put this great event together. These people put a lot of effort into making the evening a success, and their selfless commitment to their community is to be applauded. I would like to thank all the volunteers and committee members, including Kofi Osia Bonsu, who did publicity for the event; Jackie Wairimu, who worked on the administration; Chaka Moneke, who looked after the finance; and Samuel Livingston, who looked after the media.

I particularly want to acknowledge the contribution of Charles Koker in coordinating the event and I take this opportunity to recognise his continued advocacy on behalf of the African people in Canberra. Charles has shown outstanding leadership and passion in supporting community affairs and causes. I congratulate him on all his efforts and endeavours to bring our community together.

Once again I would like to thank all the speakers, performers, nominees, winners, volunteers and coordinators who made this fantastic event possible. I look forward to working alongside the African community in Canberra. I extend my best wishes to the exceptional individuals who have made such a valuable contribution to the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.31 pm.

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