The Australian actor and Ms India Australia Goodwill Ambassador, Saroni Roy, received the Young Adult Citizen of the Year 2021 Finalist Award at the City of Parramatta 2021Australia Day Awards Ceremony held on the 21st of January 2021 at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill.
Hosted and presented by the Right Worshipful, the Lord Mayor of Parramatta Councillor Bob Dwyer the Australia Day Awards recognised the unsung heroes in the local community whose achievements have been outstanding and to thank them for all the excellent work they do.
“I am honoured to host the 2021 Australia Day Awards event and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our finest citizens who are receiving an award today. The City of Parramatta pays tribute to you all (nominees, finalists and winners) for making our community a better place, and for giving so much to those around you, making us very proud and we are eternally grateful.”
Actor Saroni Roy who has been contributing to the local community for a number of years received the Citizen of the Year – Young Adult Finalist Award, a person aged 20-39 years who has made a noteworthy contribution to the City of Parramatta. Saroni has conceptualised and hosted an extensive list of multicultural community-cohesion programs and events that have brought together active participation from the Indigenous and International communities. She has also created Saroni Roy Foundation (SRf) in 2020, beginning of a new decade, a social enterprise based on three core values – diversity, sustainability and social justice, perpetuating socio-economic and environmental well-being, which aims to create a more peaceful and inclusive ‘one world’ to live and love.
“As an actor and connoisseur of the arts, I truly believe that art is a platform that showcases and weaves together diverse cultures. It transcends all barriers, it doesn’t conform to the limitations of language, faith, geography, race or nationality. If we look at some of the diverse ethnicities that participate in my initiatives hosted at the City of Parramatta and Greater Western Sydney, many of us, have experienced war and conflict in our homeland. Art & artists, are therefore an integral catalyst in uniting people, celebrating our rich cultural heritage, and perpetuating a culture of peace and harmony.”
In 2020 Saroni was appointed as an Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) Ambassador for further pursuing her goal of demonstrating the economic value and impact of peace and non-violence in our Australian and global community and is also Co-Chair, Equity Diversity – The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
Some global community empowerment initiatives by Saroni this new year is Saroni as a Global Mentor at the Worldwide SHEroes – Leadership & Mentorship Platform by Arete: Full Potential launching in March UN International Women’s Day 2021, which provides an opportunity to women across the globe to choose Saroni and several other inspiring and accomplished women from across the world, as their mentor for success.
Saroni is also named the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Bangla Home Chef 2021. The outbreak of the pandemic and the lockdown witnessed home chefs dominate the culinary scene, the International Bangla Home Chef 2021 is a global community empowerment initiative, a cooking competition (Phase 1- Digital) that aims to recognise and honour the extraordinary culinary artists, the Bengali home chefs from across the world, the unsung heroes from your home kitchen & community kitchen, who have cooked scrumptious, wholesome meals for you with love, passion or compulsion, for years, months, days, who carry the legacy through ages without expecting any appreciation and accolades as their professional award-winner counterparts. It is a celebration of the indomitable spirit and tireless efforts of the emerging culinary entrepreneurs worldwide.