Sheldon College graduate recognised at Queensland Multicultural Awards

RECOGNITION: Queensland Multicultural Awards ‘Outstanding Individual Achiever 2018’ category Finalists Imaan Ashraf, winner Ralph Teodoro, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe, Madina Mohmood and Nkosana Mafico.
RECOGNITION: Queensland Multicultural Awards ‘Outstanding Individual Achiever 2018’ category Finalists Imaan Ashraf, winner Ralph Teodoro, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe, Madina Mohmood and Nkosana Mafico.

SHELDON College graduate Madina Mohmood has placed as a Queensland Multicultural Awards in the Oustanding Young Achiever category.

She was one of four nominees under 25 years of age selected from 133 award submissions in her category.

Ms Mohmood was acknowledged for her contribution toward the 2018 theme, building a prosperous, fair and harmonious Queensland.

The 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.

Sheldon College principal Lyn Bishop said Ms Mohmood was a school captain and recipient of the college citizenship award during her time at the college between 2008 to 2013.

“Madina is an inspiring community ambassador and was an outstanding student throughout her studies at the college,” she said.

Ms Mohmood has travelled throughout Queensland to engage with students about the overseas experiences as a World Vision ambassador in 2014 and attendee of the United Nations Youth Forum in New York in 2015.

Last year, the Redlandsresident was the keynote speaker at the Soroptimist International Bayside International Women’s Day Breakfast.

Due to her passion for promoting cultural diversity, she has played a leadership role in the United Nations and with the World Vision Australia’s youth movement, QLD Vision Generation.

Ms Mohmood spoke at a Sheldon College assembly where she delivered a moving and thought-provoking speech after returning from Rwanda with the World Vision’s State Leadership team for the 40 Hour Famine.

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

Ms Mohmood and three of her colleagues started the University of Queensland Afghan Student Association to support the needs of Afghan students and increasing discussions around cultural diversity, inclusion and improved positive perception and accurate profiling of Afghan culture.

This year, she is a youth representative for the organisation while she continues a dual Arts and Law degree at UQ with an interest in international law.

Her aspiration is to influence media representations of cultural differences in a non-stereotypical and sensationalised way.