South Australian Community Achievement Awards
The 2018 Winners were announced at a Gala Dinner Presentation on Friday 2nd November at the Hilton Adelaide!
The winners were...
Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Katherine Height of Mount Gambier is carer to her 8 year old daughter Ella who lives with a rare genetic condition resulting in Epilepsy. In 2014 Katherine launched Ella's Purple Promise to raise money, educate and advocate for Epilepsy awareness. She has raised $10,000 for The Epilepsy Centre and aims to raise funds to bring professionals to Mount Gambier to provide training to educators. Katherine has received local and national recognition for her dedication to Epilepsy awareness.
David Militz, Chief Executive Officer of Carers SA presented Katherine Height as winner of the Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award
The Coorong Healthy Highways Program was established by Coorong District Council, the only one of its kind in Australia. Together with their Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle team they created CHH to provide better food choices for travelers along the Coorong. Each CHH outlet serves nourishing meals, offers healthy drink options and where possible, cooks with local fresh produce. Existing business can request to become a CHH outlet, by providing a selection of healthy food choices.
Members of the Coorong Healthy Highways team were presented with the Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award by Ross Verschoor, Executive Director, Flinders Foundation
Flinders University Rural Health SA Regional Achievement Award
Whyalla Ripples Support Group provides support and education for parents and families dealing with a loved one’s ICE addiction. Whyalla Ripples has presented five community forums to over 1,000 attendees. The forums include speakers who are parents, recovering addicts and mental health workers. The not for profit Support Group openly discuss with family and friends, addiction and ways to support those going through ICE related issues. Ripples also expanded into Port Augusta in 2016.
Professor Jennene Greenhill, Director of Flinders University Rural Health SA presented the Whyalla Ripples Support Group with the Flinders University Rural Health SA Regional Achievement Award
Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
City of West Torrens Road Safety Group's primary objective is to promote and raise awareness of road safety, in particular for vulnerable road users and Learners. Road safety initiatives included rubbish bin stickers with speed limit reminders and a primary school calendar artwork competition centred on a road safety theme. They also organised a Mock Crash presentation event for high school students to raise awareness of driving under the influence and use of phones while driving.
Brenton James, Managing Principal at Jones Harley Toole presented members of the City of West Torrens Road Safety Group with the Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Minister for Industry and Skills Small Business Award
Chooks Little Winery Tours of Willunga began in 2010 by Terry (Chook) McCoy and wife Kerry, offering specialised winery tours and local transport services. Chook’s provides a chance for guests to experience the heart and soul of McLaren Vale and view the “other side of the tasting table”. Their fleet has grown to five vehicles, including accessibility for guests with special needs or wheelchairs. Chook's donate to many local charities and have won several awards.
Hon David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills presented Terry "Chook" McCoy and Kerry Mortimer of Chooks Little Winery Tours, with the Minister for Industry and Skills Small Business Award
Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Leighton Wilksch of Paskeville created the Fire Danger Alerting System. He negotiated the collaboration of FDI, Fire Danger Index data from private and public weather stations, collated the Data then communicated through text messages to farmers. This has enabled better understanding of fire risk during the harvest period so informed decisions could be made during high-risk days. In the past 3 years, the Fire Danger alerting system has increased with now over 700 users.
Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia at Prime Super presented Leighton Wilksch with the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award.
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Pennwood Village of Pennington is a culturally specific aged care approved provider, delivering services to 95 CALD aged people from more than 14 nationalities. With 74 staff, a “person centred care” approach is undertaken and training is provided in the Household Care Sunflower model, as well as Dementia Care and Cultural Leadership. Staff have flexible hours as well as free meals, massages and many other support services. In 2018 Pennwood Village celebrates their 25th anniversary.
Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia at Prime Super presented members of Pennwood Village with the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award.
Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Rachel Lawrie of Adelaide is Director and Principal of Ray White North Adelaide. Her core values are to provide the community with a genuine, honest service with morals, ethics and professionalism. During her five years in real estate, Rachel sponsors sporting clubs and charities, and to date has put $300,000 of her earnings back into the community. Rachel’s business growth is a result of good service provision and repeat clients and referrals.
Jonathan Hines, Regional Wholesale Manager South at Ricoh Australia presented Rachel Lawrie with the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
Streaky Bay & District Medical Clinic Inc. Board is a not for profit entity who were formed at the direction of the community to operate the Streaky Bay Medical Practice. To maintain an accredited professional Medical Practice, the Board has employed a Practice Manager, a Practice Nurse and reception staff along with Locum GP’s. The Board have embraced their role and are committed to providing an operational Medical Practice to service the needs of the community.
Lyn Poole, CEO of Rural Doctors Workforce Agency presented members of the Streaky Bay & District Medical Clinic Inc. Board with the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award
Tatiara Work Centre Inc. of Bordertown was established in 1968 to promote the use of homegrown produce and homemade products. They provide a welcoming community hub environment which is run solely by members and volunteers. Membership is open to all, young and old. The long-term goal for the Tatiara Work Centre is to evolve with the changing dynamics and demographic makeup. They are looking to the increasing migrant population to embrace diversity and inclusion.
Members of the Tatiara Work Centre Inc were presented with the TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award by Brian Rungie, Executive Director, Education at TAFE SA
Community Choice Award
As voted by the community on Facebook, Peter Tayolor was selected as the Community Choice Award winner for 2018!
Anthony Wight, Content Partnership Manager at the Seven Network presented Peter Taylor with the Community Choice Award (also pictured is Federica of Tanya Powell Models, who volunteered as Stage Assistant for the Gala Dinner event)