In recognition of the outstanding groups and individuals who make a difference in PAE, we held a special ceremony in their honour.
Citizen of the Year is Rose Darling, who has been giving her time to the Port Adelaide community for many years. Her involvement with charitable organisations and supporting other food relief agencies led her to set up her own charity Community Help and Togetherness (CHATS) in 2019. CHATS engages a group of dedicated volunteers who ensure people living rough can eat well, feel connected, and access the things they need without fear of judgement. Rose has built relationships with local businesses to collect bread, fresh produce and non-perishable items.
Young Citizen of the Year is Tegan Marshall, an active member of the Lightsview community. She volunteers her time to bring her community together, and this has been greatly appreciated by many residents. Her efforts to create safe and inclusive ways for the community to connect during the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and included designing a COVID safe Easter egg hunt for local children and a Halloween activity map to guide children and their parents through the neighborhood houses. She has also instigated community fundraisers and other activities throughout the year.
Other winners included the Kindness Kombi who are the Emerging Community Group of Year, the Alberton Art Trail for the Community Event of the Year and Service to the Community Awards went to Susanne Blaschka, Barbara Boden, Trevor Charlton, Pamela Jenkins, Amber Trappel and Wonderwalls Port Adelaide.