ECCQ Director a nominee for the 2019 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards

6 November 2018: Elijah Buol, a Board Director of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, is a nominee for the 2019 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards in the category of Queensland Local Hero.

Announced today, the nominees of Queensland Australian of Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero are all remarkable people doing extraordinary things for the benefit of others.

CEO Garry Page says Mr Buol is an exceptional community advocate who volunteers his time to help others.

“From a very early age, Elijah knew he wanted to help others, and I am very proud that I have been able to see the results of his efforts at close range,” he said.

“I have been fortunate to know Elijah well while working many years in the multicultural community sector and I am honoured to currently work closely with him at ECCQ.

“Elijah contributes a wealth of community advocacy experience and skills to ECCQ, but also to many other Queensland community associations and groups. For several years, he has been organising, developing and maintaining community groups and organisations, advocating for programs and policies that ensure all Queenslanders can fully participate and access services and contributing to the lives of refugees and immigrants by offering assistance, advice and support.

“He has worked extensively on advancing social justice reform and youth affairs through his community development work and has often served as an effective advocate or mediator.”

ECCQ Chairperson Alton Budd said he has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to know Elijah as friend and colleague.

“Elijah is most deserving of this prestigious recognition and I congratulate him as well as the other exceptional Local Hero nominees,” he said. “Thank you for your wonderful contribution and representing Australian values. On behalf of ECCQ, I congratulate all nominees of 2019 Queensland Australian of Year Awards.”

The Queensland Award recipients will be announced on the evening of Friday, 9 November 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and join the other state and territory recipients in the national awards in Canberra on 25 January 2019.

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Carrie Barnett
Communications & Media Manager

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 3844 9166

ECCQ has been working directly with Queensland’s many communities since 1976. Our focus is supporting and advocating for the needs, interests and contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Que

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