For Eh Su, helping the Karen community is a matter close to his heart.

A Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) case worker at the Wyndham Community and Education Centre, Mr Eh Su received an award from the Victorian Multicultural Commission last year.

He received the Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award, at the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.

Mr Eh Su said that he felt like the award was not just for him, but all Karen cultural leaders working and volunteering to help their communities.

“With the award, especially with the community of Burma, there are lots of community workers out there working hard for their community and others, because of their big hearts, not for a salary,” he said. “I believe their hard work deserves to be recognised.”

Mr Eh Su said that after arriving in Australia, he first lived in Tasmania, before moving to Victoria during 2013.

He was working for another organisation in Werribee when he began volunteering at the Wyndham Community and Education Centre (WCEC), “doing anything and everything they needed me to”.

He went on to successfully apply for a position at the WCEC, which involved working with a Jobs Victoria employment support program, and is now a SETS case worker.

Mr Eh Su said he enjoyed working at the WCEC.