Change makers and community leaders recognised in Australian of the Year Awards 2014 for South Australia

Posted 11 October 2013 1:52am

Finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards 2014 for South Australia include a reconciliation advocate, water conservationist, engineer, volunteer, refugee advocate and spinal cord injury campaigner.

The South Australian award finalists for 2014 are:

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Bill Denny AM – Veterans’ and Community Advocate (Adelaide)

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis – Reconciliation Advocate (Glengowrie)

Trudi Penrose-Starr – Bereavement Support Group Co-founder (Evanston Gardens)

Neil Sachse – Spinal Cord Injury Campaigner (Adelaide)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Dr Barbara Hardy AO – Scientist and Environmental Leader (Seacliff)

Professor Malcolm R Haskard – Microelectronic Engineer (Humbug Scrub)

Henry Jones – Water Conservationist (Clayton Bay)

Sister Patricia Sealey – Refugee Advocate (Enfield)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Tara Fatehi – Community Volunteer (Campbelltown)

Julian O’Shea - Engineer (Wayville)

Travis Ranson – Parkour Instructor (Klemzig)

Jadon Tree – Indigenous Ambassador (Hawker)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL HERO 2014

Aileen Jefferis – Community Leader (Belair)

Rod Lewis – Refugee Mentor (Edwardstown)

Dean Walker – Community Constable (Coober Pedy)

Paul Whitton - Volunteer (Adelaide)

 

The Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients for South Australia will be announced on Tuesday 12 November 2013 at the Adelaide Oval.  The South Australian award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the South Australian finalists were a group of people whose contributions to society and many achievements were inspiring.

"This year's South Australian finalists are inspirational to all Australians and people whom South Australians can be very proud of," said Mr Lasek.

"Many of the finalists work tirelessly for others and to make a difference in our communities, in their state and on a national level."

The Commonwealth Bank has been a Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years.  Chief Executive Officer Ian Narev congratulated the South Australian finalists.

“On behalf of the Commonwealth Bank, I congratulate the finalists in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards across all States and Territories.  To emerge as a finalist from the thousands of nominated Australians is a great accomplishment.  I wish you all the best of luck in the next stage of the program,” said Mr Narev.

For more information on South Australia's finalists visit the Honour Roll

Media contact:  Zannie Abbott 0418 274 291