The former deputy mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown Council Mr Khodr Saleh has been named on the Queen’s Birthday 2019 honours list with the title of OAM.
He received the Order of Australia (OAM), acknowledging his services to the Canterbury Bankstown Community and for advocacy of multi-faith relations and diverse cultural groups.
On receiving the honour he had the following to say:
“I honestly feel that this is not my honour – but the honour of the Muslim and multicultural Community and all the amazing people around me who have supported me over the years and have made my journey a great success. I am honoured to share this award with all of them. “
“It’s been a privilege to serve my Local Community and I’m delighted that Canterbury Bankstown and the people I’ve worked with for over 30 years are being acknowledged in this really special way.
“Looking back on my journey, I feel very proud, And I think it is really important to acknowledge Australia not only giving me a fair go but also giving me an important opportunity to have a go.”
“You will never experience personal growth, if you fear taking chances. And, you will never become successful, if you don’t work hard and operate without integrity.”
“This honours celebrate and recognise the great contribution of Australian Muslim and Multicultural diversity in Canterbury Bankstown and across Australia , and encourage more people from diversity back ground to take on leadership roles within our community.”
Mr Khodr Saleh born in 1957 and arrived in Sydney from Lebanon in 1985 fleeing war-torn Lebanon to settle in Australia.
He is married to Nadia Saleh and they have four children, Mohsen, Kamal, Hady and their daughter Rana.
Mr Khodr’s involvement with the Canterbury Bankstown Community started in Riverwood Community Centre 32 years ago as an immigrant Housing Department tenant and volunteer, and today stands as a chairperson of the Centre’s Board of Directors.
He was elected as Canterbury City Councillor for three consecutive terms in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He also served as Deputy Mayor for three terms in 2008, 2012 and 2015.
He was also appointed as Member of the Policy Review Committee for Community Services for the City of Canterbury Bankstown 2016- 2017 and a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2013.
He also introduced the highly successful “Emerging Communities Resource Centre” (ECRS) and the Canterbury Interfaith reference group.
He has received many prestigious awards for his Community work, including the Labor Party’s “McKell Award” 2017 and the Australasian Housing Institute Inspirational award in 2008.
He is Founder and Managing Director of public relations consulting agency, (AWMC) Pty Ltd, since 1997.