South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2021 South Australian Community Achievement Award Winners

Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award

Unyime Jasper of Woodville empowers older patients on the orthopaedic ward of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be active during hospitalisation by educating them on the detrimental effects of inactivity. He assists them to overcome barriers to be active, helping them set daily activity goals and providing real-time feedback using an ActiGraph watch. He shares his research findings to educate clinicians on subtle ageist perceptions and practices. 



Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

Road Trauma Support Team SA of Prospect is a not-for-profit organisation offering free counselling and support for anyone affected by road trauma, including first responders and witnesses. They participate in community education events such as RAA Street Smart and have commenced a program to educate truck drivers about the effects of road trauma and how to manage grief. RTST also offers free accommodation for victims of road trauma. 


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Out & About Clothing of Keith creates an exclusive range of women’s rugby/polo tops in a range of colours. They have a shop within the township where customers can shop and view their workroom. Out & About Clothing aims to provide women of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to dress well. They keep records of previously ordered rugby tops to make the buying experience easy. 


Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award

Growing with Gratitude of Hyde Park (GWG) is a mental wellbeing / positive education program that aims to teach people to be great citizens, have adaptable thinking skills, build and protect people’s mental wellbeing, and overcome challenges and adversity. In the GWG Schools Program, they provide presentations, workshops, in-class sessions and a fully resourced online program, while in their GWG Sports, they work with junior sports clubs. 


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

Yorke Peninsula Community Care and Transport of Minlaton (CC&T) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides transport to the wider Yorke Peninsula for social, business and medical reasons, creating peace of mind for local residents and their families. Being located in a transport disadvantaged area with no public transport, CC&T’s service negates the need to relocate by enabling volunteers to drive their own or a client’s car to their appointments. 


Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award

Australian Native Food Co. of Adelaide is a family-owned business that creates opportunities to experience the unique and memorable aromas and flavours of Australian native ingredients whilst supporting communities, local farmers and youth. Managing Director and founder Rebecca Paris was introduced to green ants and created a ‘Green Ant Marmalade’, now a signature product. Now with over 30 different products, they have expanded to online distribution in 2021. 


Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award

UnitingSA Taperoo Community Centre introduced an innovative literacy skill development program in response to the impact of the Covid pandemic. Several of the participants experience learning challenges, mental health issues, and other significant health issues and come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Poetry was used as a simple way of expression and storytelling. The program resulted in increasing the participants’ literacy, performance skills, friendships and community connection. 


Woolworths Sports in the Community Award

Fitzroy Community Club of Welland is committed to inclusivity in sports. They have a Fitzroy Women’s Football Club, which has already produced a handful of AFLW draftees. In 2020, they added two netball teams. They have a cricket program and introduced junior cricket in 2020. They also added a C-Grade men’s football team in 2021 to provide more social opportunities for older footballers and locals. 


Australian Dental Foundation Community Welfare Innovation Award

With Love Formalwear of Salisbury (WLFW) was formed in 2019 with the aim of providing formalwear and accessories to young people living in out-of-home care or alternative care, young people with disabilities, or individuals living in disadvantaged circumstances. The formalwear and accessories are donated by generous community members. Since February 2020, WLFW has supported 244 young people to choose their dream outfit for their school graduation. 


Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Ian Ward of Parafield Gardens has been a carer for the last 15 years to his three adult children aged 21, 18 and 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), requiring varying intensity of care. He also cared for his late father, who suffered from dementia. Ian was a founding member of Asperlutely Autsome, a support and social group for those with ASD and their carers. 


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

RSL Care SA of Myrtle Bank is a not-for-profit care provider, providing aged care services, integrated retirement living and accommodation and support options to the veteran, ex-service and broader community of South Australia. They have two aged care facilities, affordable housing sites and an emergency transit accommodation. Their 240 staff enjoy 24/7 access to their Employee Assistance Program, flexible working conditions and culturally and linguistically diverse staff.