Tue, August 21, 2018

SHELDON College Graduate Madina Mohmood is an ‘Outstanding Young Achiever’ and one of the top 28 finalists in the Queensland Multicultural Awards 2018 judged in Brisbane on Sunday.

The seven award categories included: Outstanding Young Achiever, Outstanding Individual Achiever, Community, Business, Government (local and state), Education, Training and Skills and Multicultural Queensland Ambassador.

Madina was one of four nominees (under 25) selected from the award category from 133 award submissions recognised for her contribution toward the 2018 theme ‘Building a prosperous, fair and harmonious Queensland’.

The Queensland Multicultural Awards were held at the Hilton Hotel as part of Queensland Multicultural Month which recognises the valuable contributions of people who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive community.

Highlights of the event included a speech by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Stirling Hinchliffe MP who said: “The people showcased here are part of our multicultural success story.”  Entertainment by Sandra Real on Latin Harp and Queensland Poet, Ozi Jarel celebrated diversity.

Sheldon College Board members and staff attended the event to support Madina and her family. Sheldon College CEO and Principal Lyn Bishop said: “Madina is an inspiring community ambassador and was an outstanding student throughout her studies at the College.”

“Madina attended the Sheldon College from 2009 to 2013 and in Year 12 was the Sheldon College Female School Captain and the recipient of the Sheldon College Citizenship Award,” she said.

“We are so proud to have been part of her journey to develop into a change maker for the community and on the International stage in community development and social enterprise with her dedicated work impressive.

“An ambassador for World Vision in 2014 and attendee of the United Nations Youth Forum in New York in 2015, Madina has travelled throughout Queensland to engage with students about the overseas experiences.”

Madina is passionate about supporting and promoting cultural diversity within the community and has played a leadership role in the United Nations and with the World Vision Australia’s youth movement, QLD Vision Generation (VGen).

As part of the State Leadership Team for World Vision, The Redlands resident travelled to Rwanda for the 40 Hour Famine.

Upon returning to Australia, Madina addressed the Sheldon College Assembly where she delivered a moving and thought-provoking speech.

“Rwanda is a country where day after day, human rights are contravened and day after day malnutrition and hunger kills young children,” she said.

Madina and three of her colleagues started the University of Queensland Afghan Student Association (University of Queensland AfSA). This group continues to support and assist the needs of Afghan students studying there.

Madina’s work with AfSA has resulted in increased discussions around cultural diversity, inclusion and improved positive perception and accurate profiling of Afghan culture.

In March 2015, Madina was part of the university’s delegation to New York for the National Model United Nations UQ (NMUN) delegation where she represented Denmark on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) committee. Her team did an outstanding job and received an honourable mention award.

In 2018, Madina’s role with this UQ organisation has expanded to being a Youth Representative and Sponsorship for Multi-Cultural Society Co-ordinator. This is advancing the AfSA initiatives beyond the UQ community into the wider community through collaborations with six other cultural societies in Queensland.

Madina is currently completing a combined Arts/Law degree at UQ with an interest in International Law. Her aspiration is to influence media representations of cultural differences in non-stereotypical and sensationalised way.

In 2017, Madina was the keynote speaker at the Soroptimist International Bayside International Women’s Day Breakfast where the UN Women’s theme was ‘Be Bold For Change’.