21 February 2016

Killion Banda, Canberra Citizen of the Year 1998

Killion Banda migrated from Zambia to Canberra in 1992 and took up the position of Community Project Officer in 1993 with the Migrant Resource Centre of Canberra and Queanbeyan Inc.
From then until 1998 he  assisted over 600 new migrants to adjust to a new way of life in Canberra, through initiating workshops to teach new migrants skills such as resume writing and interview skills.
He  also developed successful recreation programs as a form of integration for migrants through sport such as tennis and organising an annual concert for migrants. This work is invaluable, especially in Canberra with its diverse cultural community. Killion gave freely of his time to ensure that newly arrived migrants in Canberra have been given the best possible chance of finding employment and learning job seeking skills and the English language.

Killion has established a Job Centre where migrants are able to register their employment details on one database which is then readily available to prospective employers. Killion  dedicated himself to ensuring that new migrants find employment and settle successfully in their new country.
Killion Banda was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 1998 for his work assisting migrants in the community, through his work with the Migrant Resource Centre.
Further biographical detail about Killion Banda is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image source: ACT Government