Cen Amores is People of Australia ambassador

Ruben and Cen Amores
Ruben and Cen Amores

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today congratulated 40 Australians, including Filipino community leader Dr Cen Amores, who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities.

The 40 local champions have been independently selected as the new People of Australia Ambassadors following hundreds of nominations from the public.

Australians were encouraged to nominate inspirational people who have helped to build bridges, promote inclusion and strengthen ties in their communities.

The Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy announced the new Ambassadors in Melbourne today.

Prime Minister Gillard in Melbourne with Senator Lundy and FL player and new Ambassador, Harry O’Brien, announcing the names of the 40 People of Australia ambassadors.
Prime Minister Gillard in Melbourne with Senator Lundy and FL player and new Ambassador, Harry O’Brien, announcing the names of the 40 People of Australia ambassadors.

They were joined by football champion and new Ambassador Harry O’Brien, who is actively involved in the AFL’s own Multicultural Program and engaged in a variety of community projects.

The Ambassador program is a key initiative of the Gillard Labor Government’s multicultural policy,

The 40 Ambassadors now have a new platform to promote their good work and share their ideas and initiatives that can help inspire others.

The 2012 Ambassadors’ term commences today and ends on 30 December 2012.

Australian Capital Territory
Sam Wong AM

Northern Territory
Ms Sascha McKell
Mr Kevin Kadirgamar

New South Wales
Sister Diana Santleben
Mr Ali Reza Yunespour
Dr Cen Amores
Ms Ricci Bartels
Mr Susai Benjamin JP
Mr Jeremy Jones AM
Ms Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis
Mr Lawrence Dimech OAM, JP
Ms Carmen Lazar
Mrs Jenny Siv Phan Tew
Mr Samir Yousif
Dr Tien Manh Nguyen OAM

Mrs Adele Rice
Mr Daniel Zingifuaboro
Mr Warren McMillan
Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM
Mr Umesh Chandra

South Australia
Pastor Brad Chilcott
Ms Dorinda Hafner
Mrs Claudia Cream
Ms Denise McEvoy
Ms Elizabeth Ho

Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai
Mrs Sajini Sumar

Mr Harry O’Brien
Ms Melissa Barbieri
Mrs Elleni Bereded-Samuel
Mr Deepak Vinayak
Mrs Jennifer Barrera
Ms Marion Lau OAM, JP
Mr Chap Chow
Mr Phong Nguyen
Mr Ahmed Dini
Mr David Nyuol Vincent

Western Australia
Ms Maria Grazia Saraceni
Ms Zeliha Iscel
Mr Salim Youssef

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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16 Responses to "Cen Amores is People of Australia ambassador"

  1. Tom Baena   January 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Congratulations to Dr. Cen Amores – People of Australia Ambassador

    • Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you Tom. I share this accolade with the Filipino-Australian community! Let us keep multiculturalism alive.

  2. Vivian Brewington   January 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

    People of Australia ambassador, Congratulations!! Tita Cen Amores. You have done a great work.

    • Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks, Vivian. I would say, you are a part of this achievement and I would like to share this recognition with you, Bob, Grace, APCO and the rest of our Fil-Aus community.

  3. Marz Cavestany-Singh   January 19, 2012 at 3:35 am

    A giant leap for yourself and the Filo community you embrace and stand for. Very deserving indeed!

    • Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks for your generous comments. I am humbled by this recognition but proud to share this accolade with the Filipino-Australian community!

      Mabuhay tayong lahat!

  4. Glorina Papaioannou   January 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

    The First FILIPINO People of Australia Ambassador.Congratulations,my Friend.Great achievement!!!Am very proud of you.

    • Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks, Glo. Remember, you are part of this achievement and I would like to share this accolade with you and the rest of the Filipino-Australian community!

  5. Lutgarda "Lee" Espiritu- Pendleton   January 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    The Filipino-Australians have been finally recognised and be counted to build a strong Filipino -Australian identity and proud of its cultural heritage in Australia. Congratulations and mabuhay ang Fil-Aussie. Cheers…

    • Cen Amores   January 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Lee for your kind words. I share this accolade with all our kababayan. Let us continue to promote what is best in our rich and unique cultural heritage, assisting our own people and advocating for social inclusion!


  6. Manong Ric   January 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Great accomplishment! Keep up the good work!

    • Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, manong Ric. This is our accomplishment as Pinoys in Australia!
      Let us all join hands as one unified community in looking after each other in the spirit of multiculturalism.


  7. Fred Amores   January 23, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Congratulations Cen Amores for outstanding community work. Who’s next?

  8. Cen Amores   January 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for your kind words! More than a personal achievement, I consider this accolade as a recognition accorded by the Australian government to the Filipino-Australian community’s contribution in building social inclusion and solidarity with a multicultural Australian community!


    Manang Cen

  9. Lydia Amores Villanueva   January 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    WOW ! ! From your aunt in Chesapeake, VA U.S.A.
    Extemely proud of what you are doing for the Filipino community and
    the recognition of such dedication.

  10. Cen Amores   January 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    We are just following on your footstep, Tiang Lyd! We are aware that you have been very actively involved in the Filipino community in the U.S.A. Nothing gives us (myself and Ruben) more satisfaction than being able to help others in our own simple way. In a multicultural country like Australia, we need to promote social inclusion, build mutual respect, appreciate the uniqueness of each individual and strengthen links with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.


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