South Australian Community Achievement Awards

The finalists of the 2015 SA Community Achievement Awards are:


Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia Dementia Care Excellence Award

• ACH Group - MILE END

ACH GROUP OF MILE END promotes “good lives for older people” and has developed an innovative arts strategy to support the engagement of people living with dementia. ACH Group encourages both novices and experienced artists living with dementia, to create works for exhibitions and festivals and they are invited to sell their work. The “Sing for Joy” choirs are inclusive of people living with dementia, providing a supportive environment to learn songs and performance skills. The Choirs performs regularly during the Every Generation Festival and at various local events.

• Careship Coorong - COONALPYN

CARESHIP COORONG demonstrates the benefits of care farming for people with dementia, using a working farm as an alternative care model. They promote care farming through presentations and workshops, raising awareness of people living with dementia. Run by volunteers and funded by grants and community funding, the free-range snail farm was the first true care farm. The current 15 participants mostly live alone and are isolated from their community. They now find themselves valuable contributors to the farm and take pride in their cooking and sharing forgotten knowledge.

• House of Saint Hilarion - SEATON

HOUSE OF SAINT HILARION OF SEATON developed a Wellness Team to provide a wide range of innovative programs for their memory unit clients. The team created multi-sensory cooking classes, chair based yoga, a smart card operated gym, an onsite organic farm and sensory craft activities. Other programs such as positive psychology, cognitive stimulation therapy and a manual-handling program have been implemented. As a result there has been an 81% reduction in challenging behaviours and an 89% reduction in staff injury rates. Survey results also found a 30% increase in lifestyle satisfaction.


Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

• Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer Inc - BAROSSA VALLEY

BAROSSA AREA FUNDRAISERS FOR CANCER was formed in 2008 to financially assist, support, maintain and improve the quality of life for cancer patients in the Barossa Valley region. They have achieved a large number of initiatives including two community transport vehicles to take patients to appointments and upgrading the local palliative care rooms. Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer provide home assistance which includes cleaning and gardening, wig programs with a qualified hairdresser and oncology massage therapists. All funds are raised through events, raffles and community donations.

• Millicent Community Builders - MILLICENT

MILLICENT COMMUNITY BUILDERS are a hard working group of 7 volunteers sharing a passion and vision for their local community. Established in 2002, they have created a number of town beatification strategies. One project included the planting of 1,000 trees and plants at the new 40 bed dementia ward expansion at Boneham Aged Care. Other refurbishment projects are the Ash Wednesday Memorial and the Millicent Lawn Cemetery and Children’s Cemetery and the Domain Playground. Each project can involve up to 10 volunteers providing approximately 1,000 hours of labour.

• Seeds of Affnity - Pathways for Women Inc - CROYDON

SEEDS OF AFFINITY – PATHWAYS FOR WOMEN OF CROYDON offers support and education to women who have been in prison. The program offers peer teaching, with an emphasis on raising self-esteem, self-worth and confidence. Women learn social interaction, teamwork, cooking, computer skills, gardening and baking. Seeds of Affinity also manufacture their own range of toiletries with profits going back in to the program. Last year, they launched a booklet called Captive Minds – Truth Behind Bars, Realities of Women’s Imprisonment in South Australia, which has sold 700 copies to date.

• The Compassionate Friends SA Inc - WOODVILLE SOUTH

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SA OF WOODVILLE SOUTH is a not for profit, non-denominational, charity organisation providing friendship and support to bereaved parents and siblings. Established in 1990, the group provides support group meetings, social activities, a regular newsletter and remembrance celebrations. Compassionate Friends SA is fully self-funded and solely run by bereaved parents. They raise funds with regular sausage sizzles and increase awareness with radio interviews and held the inaugural “Walk to Remember.” Plans to establish a sibling’s memorial along the foreshore and a remembrance garden in the Botanic Gardens are underway.


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

• Kristina Alexander - ROBE

KRISTINA ALEXANDER OF ROBE is a founding member of the Robe Surf Life Saving Club and continues as a patrolling lifesaver, volunteer and President. Establishing the “Robe Surf Life Saving Committee” last year, Kristina gained a successful grant application from Clubs SA for surf live saving equipment and sought donations of used equipment from other surf lifesaving clubs. She is currently working towards a permanent premises for the Club. On top of this, Kristina looks after her own family, a hairdressing business and is a Councillor with the District of Robe Council.

• Lisa Sartorio Physiotherapy - JAMESTOWN

LISA SARTORIO PHYSIOTHERAPY OF JAMESTOWN is a small private physiotherapy clinic established in 2002 by Lisa, who is a qualified physiotherapist. Lisa discovered there was a significant gap in physiotherapy services in the region with the nearest private practitioner 65 kilometres away. Her business has grown from one rented room to purpose built premises with two treatment rooms, a rehabilitation gymnasium, reception and staff facilities. Services include general physiotherapy, clinical Pilates, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation and also fitness services. The clinic also provides pain management physiotherapy to local aged care facilities and the local football and netball club.


NEL JANS OF MOUNT GAMBIER is the volunteer co-ordinator of The South East Junction, a mental health activity and resource centre. Nel organises all the programs undertaken by The Junction, applies for grants and is the principal “go-to” person. Funding for her role ceased in 2012, however Nel continues to volunteer, working 25-30 hours each week. She supports people with mental health issues through education, social support and mentoring. Approximately 50 people attend programs at the centre each week and without the tireless efforts of Nel, The Junction would not operate.


Carers SA – Carer Achievement Award

• Barry Samuel - GUMERACHA

BARRY SAMUEL OF GUMERACHA has worked tirelessly for the past 22 years to raise awareness of the needs of mental health Carers. Barry and his wife Rhonda are both mental health Carers for two of their sons, and also support their middle son whose partner recently suicided. Barry is a member of Mental Illness Fellowship SA’s Mood Disorders Carers Support Group. He is also a Carer Mentor at the South East Carers Community Respite and Carer Centre and is the Ambassador for “Blue Voices”. Barry has dedicated himself to making the “Carer’s Voice” heard in the broader community.


JULIE NUNN OF NORTH PLYMPTON was fulltime Carer to her significantly brain injured husband, Kurt for 15 years until his death in March last year. Since his passing, Jules has worked with Families4Families to support other Carers and people living with acquired brain injury. She volunteers many hours each week answering phone calls from Carers in need, referring many to the Carers SA counseling service and working with families in crisis. She is on the Board of the Brain Injury Network of SA and was awarded a Brain Injury Awareness Week Award.

• Maurice Wegener - MURRAY BRIDGE

MAURICE WEGENER OF MURRAY BRIDGE cared for his wife Evelyn, who had Alzheimer’s disease, for 5 years until she passed away in 2011. Maurice currently cares for his 54 year old son and serves on the Care Advisory Group with Carers SA. He is also very active within his local community. He volunteers with the local Council and facilitates the Bridge Care Group organising speakers for monthly meetings and lunch outings. Recently, Maurice approached the Lions Club of Murray Bridge to cater for 60 Carers with a BBQ for Carers week.

• Vanessa Kalderovskis - HACKHAM WEST

VANESSA KALDEROVSKIS OF HACKHAM WEST has been the primary Carer for her father for the last four years supporting him whilst he struggled with depression, dementia, addictions and alcohol-related brain injury. Vanessa also supports her fiancée who has anxiety and depression whilst looking after their 3 year old son and her own small business. Vanessa has attended many Carer Dementia Workshops and helped with the Raw Energy Young Adult Carer Program. She participated as a panelist on the Carers SA ‘Good Practice Forum’ and is working on an ‘adult colouring-in’ book for Carers.


Junction Australia Connecting Communities Award

• Milang and District Community Association Inc - MILANG

MILANG AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION is a volunteer organisation with 120 hardworking volunteers who run a number of community entities. The Milang Old School House provides a diverse range of programs including emergency assistance, home and community care, community transport and adult education. The Shoreline Community is a social enterprise providing training opportunities for local people and the Lakes Hub supplies environmental information on the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. The Growing Life Connections program brings together 8 community organisations to provide one on one support to vulnerable community members.

• The Power of 3 - EVANSTON PARK

THE POWER OF 3 OF EVANSTON PARK began as a discussion between three Aboriginal Mums, Peta, Vicky and Bronwyn. The discussion developed into a film about the importance of education for their children and its link to closing the gap. The film is called ‘The Power of 3 – Aboriginal Education is Everyone’s Business’. It was made with the parents working very closely with the editing process and final product. The film was launched this year and the DVD will be sent to the Department for Education and Child Development Centres and distributed to local families.

• SomerSEALs - Somerton SLSC Nipper Program - SOMERTON PARK

SOMERTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB delivers the SomerSEALs program to special needs children as an adapted Nipper program. The program is based on the Under 6 Surf Play Program and incorporates a mix of sand activities, wading, and water acclimatisation together with sound-based activities, as many participants are visually impaired. The children are provided with nipper caps and flouro vests and they meet every second Saturday during the Nipper season. The Club recently won the Surf Life Saving SA “Community Education Program of the Year” Award and is a National Finalist.

• Welcome to Australia - WEST CROYDON

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA OF WEST CROYDON is a national movement focused on “cultivating a culture of welcome”. Originating in Adelaide, the Welcome Centre delivers practical services to asylum seekers, refugees and new arrivals whilst celebrating diversity, inclusion and belonging. Last year the national “Walk Together” event celebrated multiculturalism and diversity, with more than 15, 000 participants from 20 cities and regional centres. Welcome to Australia has also been working hard to connect Muslim and Non-Muslim communities through campaigns such as “We’ll love Muslims 100 Years” and the “National Day of Unity”.


Hunt & Hunt Lawyers Community Road Safety Award


COTA SA delivers a series of workshops as part of the Moving Right Along initiative in the Towards Zero Together Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016. Aimed at older drivers, COTA SA developed a suite of interactive workshops and information sheets. The focus is about maintaining fitness to drive, legal responsibilities, planning for driving less or retiring from driving, and active travel options. Volunteers are trained to facilitate the workshops in metropolitan and targeted rural locations. 136 Moving Right Along workshops have been conducted in the last year with 1680 participants attending.

• Michael and Glynis Holbrook - WOODVILLE SOUTH

MICHAEL AND GLYNIS HOLBROOK OF WOODVILLE SOUTH tragically lost their son Nick in a car crash in 2009. They now educate the community about road safety and support others experiencing grief and loss due to road trauma. Glynis is involved with The Road Trauma Support Team of South Australia and Michael is a key speaker with the MFS Road Awareness Program and the RAA street-smart event. Michael spoke to over 7000 students last year, sharing the experience of life before Nick’s crash, the details of the crash and the devastating after effects.

• Red Cross Baby Seats - MILE END

RED CROSS BABY SEATS OF MILE END is a small team of 4 staff and 10 volunteers providing professional child restraint installation services, fitment checks, baby capsule hire and general advice for the last 25 years. Each year, over 4,500 seats are installed and 1,200 Baby Safety capsules are hired. In addition, the team at Red Cross Baby Seats fields thousands of telephone enquiries from the public about child car safety. They also assist organisations such as Families SA, Novita and Women’s and Children’s hospitals finding the right restraint solution for special needs children.

• Whyalla Road Safety Centre - WHYALLA PLAYFORD

WHYALLA ROAD SAFETY CENTRE has been delivering high quality road safety programs for 38 years. They offer a unique bike education program for primary school children encouraging them to get outside, have fun, travel safely and gain independence and freedom. After a 90-minute lesson, including age appropriate videos, the children are fitted for bikes and helmets and taught how to use them appropriately. On the track they listen to a talk about rules, lights, crossings and general safety. 9 volunteers run the Centre with 1,966 children completing the program last year.


Grandeur Press Sports Award

• Jamie McInerney - MOUNT GAMBIER

JAMIE MCINERNEY OF MOUNT GAMBIER has defied the odds to become an athlete after sustaining a severe brain injury from a horrific car accident at the age of 5. Her fighting determination saw Jamie learn to walk again, slowly recover her speech and develop a passion for athletics. In 2011 she was selected to represent Australia at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships and has been named again for the squad for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Jamie has recently broken a 20 year old discus Australian Open Record.

• Peter Zuill - GLENELG

PETER ZUILL OF GLENELG has been the President of the West Beach Surf Life Saving Club for the last 7 years. Under Peter’s leadership, the Club achieved success across all areas of operations and activities. In the last two years the Club won the Surf Life Saving South Australia “Club of the Year” Award, Overall State Champion Club and State Champions in Masters, Pool, Lifesaving and Senior State Championships. Peter himself won the Surf Life Saving South Australia “Volunteer of the Year” Award due to his dedication to the Club.

• Sophie Eckel - WEST BEACH

SOPHIE ECKEL OF WEST BEACH is a successful long distance runner, winning the National under 20 women’s 5000m championship and representing Australia at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in China. Sophie is a team values leader in one of Australia’s premier distance running groups and this year captained the SA State Cross Country Team. Sophie coaches primary school athletics and is currently coaching junior girls to compete at the National Schools Knock Out Championships in Melbourne. Sophie is the Open State Champion over 5000m and 3000m steeplechase and has her sights set on the 2016 IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Russia.


Congratulations to all the Finalists and best of luck for Gala Presentation Dinner on Saturday 21st November 2015, at the Hilton Adelaide.

For tickets to the Gala Presentation Dinner or any queries, please call 8132 0753 or email