Previous winners - Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business

2021 winners 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business for their contribution to the Brisbane economy.

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year - Mr Aishwani Soni, Holistic Home Care

This award recognises the success, creativity and energy of a multicultural young business leader under the age of 35, celebrating both their contribution to their community and that of Brisbane’s continued economic prosperity.

Ashawani Soni dreamt of a life in Australia, so he made the difficult decision to leave his family in India to migrate to Queensland in 2006. Ashawani has over a decade of experience in the aged care sector and, at the age of 30, he branched out on his own and established Holistic Home Care in 2018. Holistic Home Care, now operating with 75 employees, is a certified and registered provider. He founded his business based on progressive transformational leadership skills and a strong sense of determination to grow organically and sustainably. Ashawani is passionate about giving back to the community.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year - Mr Harish Arora, OZ Labourforce

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business leader who successfully exports their products and services from Brisbane, throughout Australia, and/or across Asia Pacific or internationally. The award celebrates the recipient’s contribution to the Brisbane economy and recognises them as a local champion of enterprise with a global outlook for their business. 

Harish Arora was born in Kapurthala, India, and migrated to Australia in 2007. Harish initially came to study, but then made Australia his home. From a poor beginning with $200 in his pocket, working three jobs to support his study, he has built a national specialised logistics services company employing over 200 staff. OZ Labourforce services supply chains by unpacking shipping containers. Harish took his family lounge room business to a corporate model by expanding services to other countries including New Zealand, North America and Canada.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Mrs Rejoice Thomson, Dovetail Social

This award recognises a multicultural Brisbane business leader that demonstrates through their business success, entrepreneurial flair, embedding a culture of innovation as a central pillar to their growth strategy. The recipient will personify the best in entrepreneurialism, possessing qualities from clear leadership and sound management to determination and ambition.

Rejoice Thomson was born in the Philippines, relocating to Brisbane in 2009. A qualified pastry chef, Rejoice is the proud owner of Dovetail Social, a much loved Brisbane cafe in Highgate Hill. Rejoice has embraced her cultural heritage and showcases Filipino influences in her food, desserts, and her now famous ‘Ambassador’s High Tea’, was recently served to the Philippines Ambassador to Australia, Hon. Hellen De La Vega. She was the recipient of the Queensland Filipino Australian Women Achievement Award in 2018 and is active in her local Filipino community as a radio broadcaster on 4EB Community Radio.

2020 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Mrs Aishwarya Soma;, Emerson Family Pty Ltd
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Mr Canio Muscillo, Muscillo Romano
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Mr Peter Marinos, Big Michael's Fruit and Vegetables

2019 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Vian Lin, Harmonie Music Centre
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Päivi Piotto, Janie Collins Interiors
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Nigel Heyn, REDD Digital 

2018 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Mrs Kim Zoulek, Oktoberfest Brisbane 
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Ms Renhui (Fiona) Kee, Australia Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT)
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Mr Mathew Tsin, 1ICT

2017 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Clare Sheng, PQ Fashions
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Schalk Pienaar, Croomo
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Fan-Chi Yvonne Chu, Australian Multicultural Education Centre

2016 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Bertrand Doeuk, Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Bien Peralta, Dello Mano
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - David Wu, 8 Street

2015 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Saneil Chand, Terry White Chemists, Woolloongabba
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Tea Dietterich, 2M Communications, Paddington
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Zeinab Khalil, Eyedeal Optometrist, Morningside

2014 winners

  • Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year - Ching Hung (Don) Chiu, Manager of Fashion Tour Pty Ltd
  • Multicultural Businessperson of the Year - Takeshi Takada, Company Director/Executive Producer of Alt.vfx
  • Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year - Igor Stjepanovic, Managing Director, GIS People​

More information

For more information on the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business, contact the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit on 07 3403 8888 or via email.

Last updated: 26 April 2022

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