Dushyanthi Thangiah OAM
For Dushy Thangiah OAM, the greatest impact of her work is reducing the gap of disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by providing culturally appropriate service responses to those who come to social welfare organisations for support.
“That allows clients to take positive control of their lives. My volunteer work helps build resilience in culturally diverse communities.”
“Community work runs in my blood. My mother and sisters are all in it. Working for the community gives me a real sense of purpose and keeps me grounded.”
“I genuinely feel blessed to have the life I have been granted and be able to do the work I have been chosen to do.”
The idea of being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia was definitely a surprise, she says. “I am still trying to process it. It is such a prestigious award.”
“Thanks to my parents for raising me with sound values, my husband, daughters, sisters and my extended family who believe in my ability to make a change. And my mentors Dr Ernest Hoolihan and Shri Angajan who have guided me through my life journey.”
Final acknowledgement to the Yumba-Meta board and Management who support Mrs Thangiah in all her professional endeavours.