Corey ‘柯小狮’ Kirkham, a regular Confucius Institute volunteer and winner of last years preliminary final in the Chinese Bridge speaking competition was honoured this week at the Australia Day awards, presented by Governor Hieu Van Le.
Corey an Adelaide University Chinese, Engineering and Finance student, was recognised for volunteer work and his contribution to our multicultural Australia.
The award, administered by the Australia Day Council of South Australia, is for people under 24 years who are an Australian citizen and demonstrate:
- Commitment to advocacy for a multicultural Australia
- A high degree of competence in more than one language and culture
- Outstanding qualities including leadership
- The ability to operate across cultures.
Corey having placed 3rd in Oceania and in the top 15 in the world, for the ‘Chinese Bridge’ Chinese speaking competition for university students, has shown incredible commitment to learning Chinese and has inspired many younger students through his speeches at Chinese community events as well as his emcee and keynote speeches at the High School Chinese Bridge competition and the Chinese Language Teachers Assoc. Awards night.
Corey has been an enormous help to us at the Confucius Institute and we are all incredibly proud that our nomination for this award was able to beat out so many other fantastic candidates who have equally done great work in their communities to inspire others to learn language and bring people together in the spirit of multiculturalism.