The VEC's first Multicultural Inclusion Plan (MIP) 2020 – 2023 was recently launched. The purpose of the MIP is to increase cultural diversity practice at the VEC and encourage greater electoral participation within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
The VEC would like to thank all stakeholders who participated in the development of the MIP. Without their insights and advice, the MIP would not be the robust document it is. The MIP will support the VEC to enhance services for CALD communities as the organisation embarks upon this important journey.
We asked Democracy Ambassador, Kano, to tell us about his experience working at the VEC and his involvement in the development of the MIP
Hi, my name is Krushnadevsinh Ravalji (or Kano).
My family come from India and we speak a mix of Gujarati and English at home. I am a Democracy Ambassador for the VEC.
Before I became a Democracy Ambassador, I was a participant in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) young people leadership project delivered jointly by the VEC and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. It was my first contact with the VEC, especially its work with CALD communities in Victoria. As a result of my involvement in the project, I became passionate about social inclusion, so it was an easy decision for me to stay involved and contribute to the VEC’s work.
Leading up to the 2018 State election, I delivered voter education sessions to CALD communities. Seeing community members overcome barriers and learn how to vote correctly was fulfilling. Over time, my skills and confidence grew, and I was given more responsibilities, including working to develop the VEC’s first Multicultural Inclusion Plan (MIP). Through my connections with culturally diverse young people, their voices are represented in the MIP.
The 2018 State election was amazing experience as both a first-time voter and a service provider. I also helped my mother to vote, explaining how preferential voting worked and how her vote was counted. This was a very special moment for me, because I could see how proud my mother was to see me helping other migrants like us.
My personal story is not unique. Many CALD families go through a similar experience, young people support their family members to vote. This makes the MIP even more important; the VEC’s ability to create culturally responsive and accessible information and services is vital to an inclusive and a healthy democracy. I am proud to have played an important part in the development of the MIP.