The couple, Ruben and Cen Amores, recently each received recognition awards for their leadership in community services.
Ruben Amores who is president of Kapit-bahayan Cooperative Ltd won the Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Community Leadership – Voluntary Capacity during the 2nd annual ZEST Award for Greater Western Sydney last Wednesday February 29.
Cen Amores who is president of Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations on the other hand was one of the recipients of the Women of the West awards by the University of Western Sydney last Friday March 2 in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The ZEST award is organised by the Western Sydney Forum, Western Sydney Regional Information and Research Service and TRI Community Exchange Inc.
The ZEST awards are given to individuals and organisations for their special contributions operating in the capacity in the 15 local government areas of Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, The Hills, Wollondilly at Wingecarribee.
Cen Amores received the WOW award from UWS Vice Chancellor Professor Janice Reid and former State Minister Fay Lo Po in an awarding ceremony at the UWS Parramatta Campus attended by local state government and academic officials.
Recently, Cen was also named a Member of the Ministerial Consultative Committee by the NSW government and a People of Australia ambassador by the Federal government.
Three projects initiated and managed by Ruben also received major awards in their separate categories. Flavours of Auburn, an annual food festival of the Auburn Small Community Organisation Network, was highly commended in the Outstanding Project in a CALD Organisation category, while Kapit-bahayan Cooperative Ltd was commended under the Outstanding Voluntary Organisation category. Kapit-bahayan’s Canley Vale Affordable Housing was commended under the award category for Exceptional Partnership Project.