A humanitarian charity founder has taken out the Tasmania Australian of the Year award.
John Kamara settled in Tasmania after escaping war-torn Sierra Leone in 2004.
Since then, he’s worked to assist migrants, refugees and people from culturally diverse communities, co-founding the Culturally Diverse Alliance of Tasmania as well as the African Communities Council of Tasmania.
This afternoon (Friday), he was named as the Tasmania Australian of the Year.
The Senior gong went to Doctor, frontline COVID-19 worker and prisoner advocate Dr Frances Donaldson.
While humanitarian and marathon runner Meriem Daoui was announced as the 2023 Tasmania Young Australian of the Year.
The Local Hero award went to volunteer ambo and ammunition technical officer Keith Parker.