In this edition of 'Proud Parents' we meet Deepak, Father to Aditya (Year 11) and Rajat (Class of 2017).
Deepak Vinayak OAM JP, is a proud Hume Anglican Grammar parent who is a committed community contributor with more than 24 years’ experience leading social projects in the multicultural, multi-faith and regional communities of Australia. He has actively engaged with newly arrived migrants, helping them settle into the country through language support and career guidance.
A mentor to students and researchers from leading Victorian Universities, he continually works to strengthen the wider community’s ability to respond to violence, gender equality and youth empowerment through active participation and engagement with Government, law enforcement, the media and broader Australian community groups.
According to Deepak, “whether we are born here, migrate or seek refuge - there’s a place in Australia for us all.”
Why did you choose Hume Anglican Grammar for your son’s education?
We chose Hume Anglican Grammar because we felt it would support our children to be the best they can be in their academic and co-curricular achievements, and in the development of their individual requirements to rise and shine.
What has been the fondest memory of your time here at our school?
My son, Aditya attending his face-to-face enrolment interview with the Assistant Principal. Aditya was so calm and professional. This gave me flashbacks to my own school memories, which I cherish, and the moments we will remember with our children as they grow up.
What do you value most about education?
A good education is what helps a person understand the world around them and how we got here. It provides us with the ability to reason and solve problems, to communicate, to dream and to understand how to get things done.
If Your Friends Could Describe You in One Word, What Would it Be?
If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Dead or Alive, Who Would It Be?
Diana, Princess of Wales
One Thing You Couldn’t Live Without?
I can’t live without dreaming of a better world where all people have the right to be treated equally.
What is One Thing Most People Don’t Know About You?
Apart from my community and professional roles, I am also a Civil Engineer.
“You know my name, not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, not what I’ve been through.” - Deepak Vinayak.