South Australian Community Achievement Awards

Testimonials from the 2017 Award Category Winners

"Winning the Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award leaves me feeling extremely motivated and excited towards the future of The Postnatal Project and perinatal mental health - but also very validated in my past experiences and progress. It was an absolute honour to receive this award and attending the awards night was also a privilege and highly enjoyable. The energy within that room is something I will never forget. To also win the Community Choice Award was a beautiful testament to the community's need for this work surrounding perinatal mental health to exist and continue."

2017 Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award Winner
Zelma Broadfoot


Testimonials from the 2016 Award Category Winners

"The Kernewek Lowender is a non-for profit organisation based on the Copper Coast, Yorke Peninsula. The festival was first developed and held in 1973 to celebrate the Cornish heritage of the area. The event is a major tourist draw card and welcomes over 35,000 people to the region over the festival week. The event is run by a committee of 12 who then have their own committees who then source community groups to help organise and run the event. With over 50 events during the week it takes huge commitment from the community to join forces to continue such a long standing event.

Being a part of the 2016 South Australian Community Achievement Awards was a great way to acknowledge and celebrate the hundreds of locals who come together to organise the Kernewek Lowender. To win the award in 2016 was a huge achievement and to have such iconic tourism destinations as finalists the Copper Coast community is proud to bring the award home. The Caravan & Camping Industries Association sponsorship for the award will be used towards the 2017 festival which is currently being held. It will assist with running costs associated with event administration and the logistics behind such a huge event.

The Kernewek Lowender committee would encourage any tourism destination, event or celebration to enter the 2017 South Australian Community Achievement Awards and be a part of such a positive, encouraging award forum."

2016 Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA Tourism Award Winner
Tayla Daniel, Executive Officer, Kernewek Lowender Inc.


"It has been a real honour to receive this award in the Carers SA category. It’s just great that the SA Community Achievement Awards recognise this as a category worthy of recognition. As a mental health carer advocate, life is always busy with little time to stop and take stock.
Family carers are everywhere you look. You only have to go to your local shopping centre to see so many worthy recipients of such an award; some who have dedicated many decades to this important role of looking after family members who need that extra hand in their day; being there for them, helping them to get out and about to appointments and to socialise, taking them to the movies, shopping with them, and so on. It’s a lived experience that many in the community share."

2016 Carers SA Carer Achievement Award Winner
Dr Sharon Lawn


"We were honoured to find out that Encounter Youth won the Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award in 2016, as part of the SA Community Achievement Awards. For 18 years, Encounter Youth has facilitated the SA Schoolies Operation response, and this award means a great deal to us, as it highlighted the effectiveness and effort that goes into collaborative, community partnerships.

To receive this award for the bus service that Encounter Youth coordinate as an alternative mode of transport to private vehicle use during the Schoolies Operation, has allowed us, our Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers and Principal Partner, the Motor Accident Commission(MAC) to be recognised for our support of the safety of young people on the road. The bus service is a powerful strategy that seeks to prevent road trauma amongst young people in South Australia which sees around 30,000 boardings across each Schoolies Operation weekend.

We extend our congratulations to South Australia’s young people for looking after themselves and their mates when travelling on the road during the Schoolies Operation at Victor Harbor. We commend them for making informative decisions that have resulted in no reported road accidents or fatalities linked to the school leavers celebration on the Victor Harbor Road or surrounding areas.

Thank you also to SA Community Achievement Awards for all that your team does to recognise different organisations, including Encounter Youth for their contributions that benefit our community."

2016 Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award Winner
Alecia Curran, Encounter Youth


“It was a wonderful honour and humbling experience to receive the Alzheimer’s Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award at the 2016 Community Achievement Awards. We place residents at the heart of everything we do at Eldercare and the award has validated our ongoing commitment to a truly person-centred care approach which, we know, is transforming people’s lives for the better and delivering peace of mind. The gala dinner awards night itself was a fabulous event which we were incredibly grateful to be part of. It was interesting to learn about the inspirational programs and initiatives happening here in South Australia – we have a lot of kind-hearted community-minded groups and individuals to be proud of!”

2016 Alzheimer’s Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award Winner
Sarah Jamieson, Dementia Excellence Program Manager, Eldercare Inc.



Please see below some testimonials about our Award Program

"The Seven Network are proud to be a Media Partner of the SA Community Achievement Awards. The level of professionalism and dedication working with Geoff Griffin and Kristi Hayes, who head up the Awards, is second to none. 

We, as a Network, play a significant role in the community, supporting many worthwhile causes. We take pleasure in being a part of these Awards, which recognises individuals, businesses, organisations and groups involved in making our community a better place to live and work."

Margherita McAuliffe, Sales Executive, Seven Network (Operations) Limited  

"It is a privilege for the Commonwealth Bank to once again be involved in the Community Achievement Awards for South Australia. These awards recognise the efforts and achievements of some extraordinary members of our local communities. I admire the self-sacrificing work that people undertake every day to benefit the community and I look forward to seeing nominations roll in for this year's awards and then rewarding some outstanding people at the Gala dinner in November. Thanks to Awards Australia for each year running such a professional and successful programme."

Craig Brooke, Regional General Manager, SA/NT Region, Commonwealth Bank.