Three Incredible Indian Australians Shine in the 2024 King’s Honours List

June 10, 2024

In a landmark recognition of excellence, three remarkable Indian Australians have been honored in the 2024 King’s Honours list. Their groundbreaking work in mental health advocacy, social enterprise leadership, and community service has not only benefited countless individuals but also elevated the profile of the Indian Australian community. These extraordinary women, Niharika Hiremath, Sakshi Thakur, and Harinder Kaur, exemplify dedication, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on society.

Niharika Hiremath: A Beacon of Hope in Mental Health Advocacy

At just 29 years old, Niharika Hiremath stands out as the youngest national recipient on this year’s King’s Honours list. Her recognition is a testament to her profound contributions to mental health advocacy, particularly within migrant and refugee communities. Niharika is a lived-experience mental health advocate and a Master of Social Work candidate from Melbourne. Her work centers on improving mental well-being among migrants and refugees, with a focus on the intricate connections between culture, identity, and mental health.

Niharika’s approach is innovative and empathetic, recognizing that mental health challenges are often compounded by the experiences of migration and the complexities of cultural identity. She engages deeply with diverse communities, offering support, raising awareness, and advocating for better mental health services. Her dedication and passion have made her a leading voice in the field, and this prestigious recognition underscores the significant impact of her work.

Sakshi Thakur: Champion of Social Enterprise

Sakshi Thakur, the Metropolitan Manager at SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria), has been honored for her exceptional contributions to the social enterprise sector. In her role, Sakshi has been instrumental in creating a thriving ecosystem for social enterprises in Victoria. Her strategic vision, dedication, and leadership have fostered an environment where social enterprises can flourish and make a significant impact.

Sakshi’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident in her own ventures. As the founder and CEO of a successful social enterprise, she has demonstrated a commitment to driving positive social change. Her enterprise addresses pressing social issues, offering innovative solutions and empowering communities. Sakshi’s recognition in the King’s Honours list is a testament to her remarkable influence, her ability to inspire others, and her unwavering dedication to social good.

Harinder Kaur: A Pillar of the Community

Harinder Kaur, the founder and CEO of the Harman Foundation, has been a pillar of strength and support within the Indian diaspora in Australia for over three decades. Her tireless work with the Harman Foundation has provided invaluable assistance to countless individuals and families, particularly within the Indian community. The foundation addresses a wide range of needs, from providing emergency relief to offering support services for domestic violence survivors.

Harinder’s leadership and compassion have strengthened community bonds and created a lasting legacy of service and dedication. Her efforts in community service have been wide-ranging, addressing various needs and challenges faced by the diaspora. Her recognition in the King’s Honours list is a fitting tribute to her lifelong commitment to making a difference and her profound impact on the community.

Celebrating Excellence and Dedication

The inclusion of Niharika Hiremath, Sakshi Thakur, and Harinder Kaur in the 2024 King’s Honours list is a proud moment for the Indian Australian community. Their achievements highlight the diverse ways in which Indian Australians contribute to society, enriching it with their dedication, innovation, and compassion. These extraordinary women have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also paved the way for future generations to follow.

Their recognition serves as an inspiration to all, showcasing the power of perseverance, leadership, and community spirit. As we celebrate their accomplishments, we look forward to the continued impact they will undoubtedly make in the years to come.

Join us Indians in Sydney to meet and celebrate remarkable humans and recognize the strength and unity of the Indian Australian community. Together, we can continue to support and uplift each other, creating a brighter future for all.

Stay tuned for more details about the celebration event in Sydney, and let’s come together to honor the achievements of Niharika Hiremath, Sakshi Thakur, and Harinder Kaur. Their stories remind us that with dedication, compassion, and a commitment to making a difference, we can achieve great things and inspire others along the way.

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