Felicitation event for Shri Kanti Jinnaji OAM was organised by FINACT, Gujarati Samaj of ACT and several member associations at Theo Notaras Function Hall on Monday 18 June 2018.
It is a great pleasure and proud moment for all of us that our own Shri Kanti Jinna has received the “Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)” for his services to the multicultural community of the Australian Capital Territory on the Queen’s Birthday. In addition to many activities Kanti ji is involved with, his contributions to many organisations including Royal Commonwealth Society, Hindu Council of Australia, Indian Senior Citizens Association are very well known to us.
“The 79-year-old has been involved with community service through the Hindu Council of Australia of which he has been Vice Chairman since 2009, through Canberra’s Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre which he co-founded in 1987, and as patron of the Fiji Australia Association of Canberra. In recent years, he has been advocating for seniors in Canberra’s Indian community as vice president of the Indian Senior Citizen’s Association.
But as someone who has assimilated well into the mainstream, Kanti’s passion has been to link the growing Indian community in this society with the broader mainstream, and vice versa.
His involvement with the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum put him in touch with other New Australians like him. “This opened pathways to offering my unique multicultural perspectives on many different boards such as Australian Capital Territories Public Cemeteries Authority Board and Partnering with Consumers and Carers Advisory Group at Calvary Hospital.”
This exposure led him to more mainstream positions such as on the ACT Chief Minister’s Council of the Ageing and the Royal Commonwealth Society, where he even served as President for two years.”
Source: Indian Link