South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2023 Winners

Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award

Kalyra is at the forefront of the battle against ageism, recognising the need to break down stereotypes and prejudices. Through the co-location of a Montessori Middle School within Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care, Kalyra has created a unique platform for intergenerational activities. Students and residents engage in shared experiences, fostering mutual understanding and empathy. Overcoming challenges, including opposition and COVID-19, Kalyra remains dedicated to the cause. Their program is reshaping perceptions of older individuals and challenging ageist assumptions. It exemplifies how intergenerational connections can pave the way for a more inclusive and age-friendly society, ensuring that ageism becomes a thing of the past.

Australian Dental Foundation Community Welfare Innovation Award

ActivOT is Australia’s first and only Occupational Therapy Franchise business. ActivOT challenges the traditional franchise model through an innovative approach to not only franchising but also in how community-based Occupational Therapy services are delivered Australia-wide. Founder Helen Whait has built a community of like-minded, values-aligned practitioners who benefit from a pooling of shared resources. This ultimately means that the ActivOT practitioners are able to deliver fully client-centred care. ActivOT is pioneering the charge to combat burnout and bureaucracy in allied health, all while equipping occupational therapists with the tools to provide the best possible service to the highest standard.


Konica Minolta Customer Service Award

Instrument Choice of Dry Creek is an online retailer of environmental measurement tools in Australia. With its exceptional customer service rooted in the philosophy of "Just Be Helpful," they consistently exceed customer expectations, whether by swift replies, thoughtful gestures, or genuine problem-solving. Even when mistakes occur, they embrace them with empathy, turning frustrations into opportunities for positive change. Their remarkable NPS score of 83 and an overwhelming 5-star Google review presence testify to their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Beyond business success, Instrument Choice envisions a world where excellent customer service spreads optimism and kindness throughout the community, creating a better, brighter future for all.


Ryde International Connecting Communities Award

Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch is a pioneering force, uniting communities in a citizen science endeavour that has reshaped lives. For 18 years, this project has harnessed the passion of volunteers of all ages, immersing them in dolphin research and marine conservation. Beyond collecting invaluable data on dolphins, their inclusive approach empowers individuals, addresses social isolation, and fosters environmental stewardship. This transformative initiative has garnered widespread recognition, including awards like the 2021 SA Citizen Science Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. Dolphin Watch is a shining example of how community-driven efforts can create lasting impacts on our oceans, communities, and wellbeing.




 Australian Native Food Co Small Business Award

Love for Lobes of Gawler South has blossomed from a heartfelt desire to create fabric accessories with flair. Established in 2020 by Sarah Henson, it has grown into a thriving venture, offering an array of handcrafted products. What sets it apart is its unwavering commitment to philanthropy. For every item sold, $2 is donated to charities, including Catherine House and Love Your Sister. Love for Lobes has raised over $20,000 since its inception. Beyond business, it's a vibrant community of 'Lobe Lovers,' connected by the warmth of giving. Whether it's crafting memorial pieces or collaborating with local councils, it exemplifies a small business with a big heart.

Carers SA Young Carer Award

 Madison Star Gotch of Port Lincoln exemplifies unwavering dedication as a young carer, primarily for her mother's mental health needs. She serves as an essential emotional pillar within their household and extends care to her younger brother, guiding him through daily challenges. Madison's remarkable journey includes being awarded the Harding Miller Scholarship, a testament to her determination and intellect. She faces the unique struggles of a young carer, handling her caring responsibilities alongside the emotional turmoil of adolescence. Madison actively engages with Carers SA for nearly three years, advocating for fellow young carers.

 Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

Marree & District Progress Association Inc is a pillar of the far north SA community tirelessly working to enhance well-being.Offering real job opportunities through Complete Personnel, empowering remote job community participants.Initiatives include school holiday programs, sporting events including annual Camel Cup and Gymkhana.A new pump track, built by dedicated volunteers, awaits completion, promising outdoor fun.The association also ensures community facilities like the Community Hall and Airstrip are well-maintained and accessible all year round. Weekly cinema sessions at the Youth Centre enrich community life.With grants, fundraising and hard work they continue to uplift Marree's spirit and quality of life.



 Woolworths Sports in the Community Award

Onkastompa Fishing Competition for Childhood Cancer of Noarlunga Downs is an inclusive event that unites generations and welcomes the entire community. Mark Mills, the visionary behind the Onkastompa Fishing Competition, has earned the prestigious title of City of Onkaparinga's Citizen of the Year. Over the course of 18 years, Mark's remarkable dedication has transformed a simple idea into a beloved annual tradition, raising more than $350,000 for Childhood Cancer. In 2018, it was recognised as the Onkaparinga City Council Community Event of the Year. Despite facing challenges such as weather and fundraising targets, Mark remains resolute in his goal to reach $500,000 by the 20th event in 2025.



Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Stella Braund of Trinity Gardens has dedicated her life to supporting family members facing mental health challenges, disabilities, and trauma while advocating for better services and care. Stella helped establish the National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline 1800RESPECT. She is on various committees and policy-making bodies in South Australia's health sector. Stella's work has raised awareness of human rights, women's safety, mental health, and youth support services. Her advocacy has shaped policies, benefiting individuals and families. Recognised as Citizen of the Year 2023 in South Australia and awarded the Joy Noble Medal, Stella's contributions have left an indelible mark on caregiving and social progress.