Citizen of the Year
Who makes a real difference in your community?
The Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia, sponsored by San Remo, and administered by local Councils.
The purpose is to recognise those people in the local community that are making outstanding contributions. On Australia Day every year every local council will name their Citizen of the Year for their local community and on Australia Day eve a State winnner will be named in each category. See below for the state winners for Australia Day 2013.
For more information please go to our website and nominate a Local Hero now!
Pic: Australia Day Award recipients at Government House on Australia Day Eve
The South Australian Citizen of the Year 2013 - Marie Davis from the Town of Gawler
Marie is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated person who inspires and encourages others to become involved in community activities and volunteers for numerous organisations within the Gawler region. Despite being a mother and working in a senior management role at the Gawler Hospital, Marie still finds a significant amount of time each week to volunteer to the local community as she has done for the last twenty years.
Some of Marie’s key roles have included involvement with the Wasleys Netball Club and the Gawler Central Football Club, where she spends almost every evening and most of the weekend organising and coordinating club activities.
Marie has also had a significant role with the Gawler Relay for Life Charity events which have raised money for Cancer research including $85,000 just in 2012. Marie is a wonderful example of the importance of local voluntary contribution to the betterment of the community.
The South Australian Young Citizen of the Year 2013 - Dayna Duncan from the District Council of Cleve
Despite her age Dayna has already shown a great deal of enthusiasm and passion for her community volunteering for more than a dozen extra curricular activities and committees at her school, including St John and Country Fire service.
However, Dayna’s key accomplishment this year was winning the ABC Radio Competition “Haywire”, with a piece highlighting the role technology has played in reducing isolation especially for rural regions, and that personal contact and involvement face to face with your community is irreplaceable and cannot be downplayed or ignored.
Dayna’s winning piece has been played nationally on radio, and has now seen her take a role in leadership and community building activities with members of parliament & community leaders, and this has already had an impact on policy related to these issues.
Despite her young age Dayna is a wonderful role model for young people who can have a role in their county’s future direction.
The South Australian Community Event of the Year 2013 - Eyre Peninsula Field Day from the District Council of Cleve
The Eyre Peninsula Field Days are an enormous community event, relying heavily on the involvement of almost all service groups, sporting clubs, religious groups, businesses and other organisations in the community for its existence.
Field Days showcase the very best that the Eyre Peninsula has to offer, combining a vast array of industries, technologies and information and lessening out the communities’ geographic isolation of these products and services.
Field Days are a major source of fundraising for local non-profit organisations, and many infrastructure developments would not have been possible without the event. It also displays what is possible when local government, business and the not for profit organisations of a community work together.
Congratulations to the team behind Eyre Peninsula Field Day!
NOMINATIONS for 2014 are now open. Local Councils can download a range of documents to assist with their Citizen of the Year Awards program at www.citizenoftheyear.com.au.