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Citizen of the Year Awards - Previous Award Winners

We would like to congratulate Kay Seery, recipient of the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award, and Megan Davies, winner of the Young Citizen of the Year Award. The Indian Communities South Australia took out the Community Event of the Year Award for their inaugural Diwali Festival in St Helens Park.

Our 2018 Winners

The recipient of the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award is Dr Robert Irving
Dr Bob contributes his time and professional expertise as a veterinarian to treat sick animals, mostly dogs, while working within remote Aboriginal communities in the Anangu–Pitjantjatjara-Yankunyjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.  Dr Irving was also awarded a commendation for the State Citizen of the Year in recognition of his work in the APY lands.

The recipient of our 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Awards goes to Claire Marie Saunders
Claire is a resident of Prospect who, at only seventeen years of age, has established and runs inclusive, inexpensive and family-friendly dance classes for children in Prospect. Claire was nominated by the families that she supports as a wonderful young role model.

The 2018 recipient of our 2018 Community Event of the Year Award was the Clifton Street Christmas Party.
Clifton Street Party is held each December for the past 35 years. This event provides residents of this street the opportunity to welcome newcomers, get to know each other and form new friendships while raising money to donate to a charity.

Our 2017 Winners

The recipient of the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award is Kay Seeary. Kay Seeary a long standing resident of the Prospect community and was nominated for her commitment and work with North Adelaide Croquet Club for over 30 years.   Kay has been part of the Prospect Community for over forty years and has also made significant voluntary contributions to other organisations - including Nailsworth Primary School Parents Club, Prospect Toy Library and Prospect Meals on Wheels.

The recipient of our 2017 Young Citizen of the Year Awards goes to Megan Davies. Megan was nominated for her invaluable contribution to Girl Guides.  She has been instrumental in developing and establishing new qualification standards and risk management processes at a state level, and encouraging participation in service and achievement awards. Megan is a wonderful young role model.

The recipient of the 2017 Community Event of the Year Award goes to the Federation of Indian Communities South Australia. FICSA was awarded the 2017 Community Event of the Year Award for the 2016 inaugural Diwali Festival in St Helens Park on 5 November 2016.  This event showcased our vibrant local and inner north Indian Community.  Events like these help to create a more understanding  inclusive community for us all.

Our 2016 Winners

The recipient of the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award is Pat Brierly. Pat was nominated for her significant contribution to the community. Pat is one of the founding members of the Nailsworth Over 50’s Club and she started the Australian Retired Persons Association over 25 years ago.  Since 1989 the Over 50’s Club and the Australian Retired Persons Association have been meeting at Nailsworth Community Hall and Pat continues to provide support to both of these very popular groups.  These groups are still going strong 25 years later and they continue to provide essential social activities for our community.

The recipient of our 2016 Young Citizen of the Year Awards goes to Sophie Harris. Sophie is only 23 years old and has lived in Prospect all her life. Sophie was nominated for Young Citizen of the Year for her bravery, resilience, courage and grace and her contribution to the community through her work for ‘Cure for Brain Cancer’. Sophie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumour in 2014 and has since raised over $15,000 (the highest in SA) towards the cause and is committed to increasing the public profile through ‘Walk4Brain Cancer’”.

The recipient of the 2016 Community Event of the Year Award goes to the Prospect District Cricket Club was nominated for the Community Event of the Year Award for their Rachel Lawrie LJ Hooker T20 cricket event. Consideration was given due to the quality of the event and benefit to the community both young and old. The event held at Prospect Oval was free for the community with entertainment and an open door invitation to become involved with the Cricket Club. Money raised during this event was donated to Beyond Blue and Arthritis SA.

Our 2015 Winners

We would like to congratulate Audrey Hale, recipient of the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award, and Justin Bussell, winner of the Young Citizen of the Year Award. The Prospect Rotary Club took out the Community Event of the Year Award for their Pit Stop Event held in St Helens Park in October 2014.

Recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, Audrey Hale, moved to Prospect at the age of 16. For the last 74 years Audrey has been an active member with St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church (Prospect), assisting the church with visits to the local Kiandra Nursing home. Audrey volunteered her services at Calvary Hospital for 28 years, assists with fundraising activities for Uniting Care Communities, and was employed as a secretary for 21 years with RM Williams. We would like to thank Audrey for her outstanding length of service and her significant contribution to assisting the Prospect community.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Prospect, the President, Carol Walsh and Brian Ballard accepted the 2015 Community Event of the Year Award. The Pit Stop Event was highly successful in raising the awareness of men’s health. 

The recipient of the 2015 Young Citizen of the Year Award is Justin Bussell. Justin assists with Council’s Club5082 performances, computer tutoring in the Digital Hub and is also a volunteer with the Country Fire Service. He is a worthy recipient of a 2014 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award.  Justin is a great role model for other youth wanting to volunteer as he is dedicated and always willing to tackle any problems. We would like to thank Justin for his voluntary contribution and congratulate him on this wonderful achievement.

Young Australian of the Year

Above: Young Citizen of the Year Award winner, Justin Bussell.

City of Prospect would like to congratulate the 2015 award winners for their contributions to the local community.

Our 2014 winners

Having worked in multicultural affairs for over thirty years our 2014 Citizen of the Year, Dilip Chirmuley continues to concentrate on social issues affecting Adelaide's Indian community. Dilip also enjoys giving talks on Hindu religion at the Hindu Temple to visiting school students. In between these activities Dilip and his wife have taken a well deserved break and travelled overseas to see grandchildren and catch up with family and friends who they have not seen in a long time.  This year Dilip and his wife look forward to attending the biennial convention of Marathi speaking people of India which will be held in Los Angeles in July.

Our recipient of the 2014 Young Citizen of the Year Award, Eleni Glouftsis recently won a 3 year scholarship to live and train in Melbourne with the Australian Football League as part of the umpiring department’s Female Pathway Program. Whilst we are sad to see Eleni leave her home town, City of Prospect wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her follow her dreams and becoming one of the first female field umpires for the AFL. Congratulations Eleni on your achievements over the last 12 months.

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