Amrit Versha first recipient of the Individual NAPCAN Award
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]National Sikh Council of Australia proudly announces and congratulates Amrit Versha on becoming the first recipient of the Individual Award of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), for Inspiring Prevention Initiatives. She was chosen for being an inspiring advocate for children’s safety and wellbeing in the migrant and refugee community. The award was presented on Friday 7 September 2015 by his Excellency the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) at the Launch of the National Child protection week at Admiralty House Kirribilli Sydney. This ceremony was attended by Ajmer Singh Gill President NSCA, Gurmeet Kaur Assistant Secretary NSCA and members of Amrit’s immediate family.
Amrit has more than 25 years of grassroots work in the community services industry, she is especially dedicated to working with refugee and humanitarian entrants, women and children from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have experienced family violence.Amrit is currently an educator at Granville TAFE where she coordinates Community Services courses, specialising in social justice issues and human rights education, building the critical capacities of students so that the current & next generation of community practitioners is equipped to work towards social change. She has been a leader in developing training around community development using human rights approaches in community work in the multicultural sectors.
Amrit is the founder and patron of the Sikh Women’s and Girls’ Group (SWAGG) – a program of the National Sikh Council of Australia launched in March this year. She used community dialogues to mobilize the women and men from the community to join an education movement to prevent violence against women and children. The group has since gathered momentum and is using action learning strategies to harness leadership amongst women and girls to support women who are affected by domestic violence and to create prevention programs that are culturally relevant. She has been ably supported in this program by Gurmeet Kaur and the very active and dedicated SWAGG members.
Amrit believes that through supporting women and their families we provide strength throughout our community. Her work in empowering migrant and refugee families directly impacts the safety and wellbeing of children by educating, resourcing and supporting parents and extended family members.
In a statement issued by Mr Bawa Singh Jagdev, Secretary, National Sikh Council stated that the organisation is proud of Amrit Versha who is an inspiring advocate committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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