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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2021

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2021

Each year, the Australia Day awards recognise the commitment of South Australians whose work often goes unnoticed – and this year was no exception. Join us in acknowledging and congratulating our 2021 winners.

 

SA Citizen of the Year: Craig Scott (City of Unley)

Craig is a well-known driving force behind the Goodwood Saints Football Club. Currently in his fifth year as president, his vision and guidance has seen the development of a female football program, as well as the SANFL Inclusive League, which ensures players with integration difficulties – including mental and physical disabilities – are entirely integrated into the club.

Craig’s strong advocacy for social justice issues is reflected by work undertaken at the club. He’s implemented opportunities for the homeless from the Hutt Street Centre, and supported causes like the Red Shield Appeal, breast cancer and Mental Health education. Outside the football club community and since 1994, Craig has been involved in Operation Flinders, a program aimed at supporting at-risk youth. His empowering nature and leadership abilities have enabled him to create a strong, healthy and more resilient community in the City of Unley.

 

Craig Scott


SA Citizen of the Year (Commendation): Julie-Ann Bennett (Campbelltown city council)

In July 2018, Julie-Ann Bennett pioneered LOVE Campbelltown to promote positive interaction between community members and to help influence decision making and policy. Her vision is for residents to connect, learn and work together. LOVE Campbelltown has become an inclusive online community space creating remarkable impacts on various service clubs, community groups and local businesses. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Campbelltown and its people, and encourages active local citizenship and participation.

Julie-Ann embodies the LOVE Campbelltown ethos with a desire to encourage and build up others by creating an environment where people can connect and truly feel part of the community. Julie-Ann’s passion and dedication to the community is further highlighted by her own volunteering commitments at the Salvation Army Do Unto Others program, and supporting the work of Compassion Australia, Christian Blind Mission and Fred Hollows Foundation for over 25 years.

 

Julie-Ann Bennett

 

SA Young Citizen of the Year 2021: Layan Mohammed (City of Charles Sturt)

A passionate and forward-thinking community leader who has already made a significant difference to our community, Layan arrived in Australia only seven years ago and has fully immersed herself into Australian culture. Layan’s personal vision is to establish a facility to support her local Arabic community and provide them with an opportunity to practise their faith and feel connected.

With a significant presence at the Henley Surf Life Saving Club, becoming the youngest Vice Club Captain in the club’s 95-year history and being nationally recognised by the AFL, Layan demonstrates strong community compassion, drive and leadership. She models active citizenship by immersing herself into volunteer programs such as Glimmer of Hope, being involved in the Henley High School Student Executive team and in the running for prefect for 2021. Layan is a leader who inspires citizens to build a more diverse, connected and intercultural community.

Layan Mohammed

 

 

Full winner list:

 

  • SA Citizen of the Year: Craig Scott (City of Unley)
  • SA Citizen of the Year commendation: Julie-Ann Bennett (Campbelltown city council)
  • SA Young Citizen of the Year: Layan Mohammed (City of Charles Sturt)
  • SA Community Event of the Year: Recycled Runway (City of Mount Gambier)
  • SA Community Event of the Year commendation: Marilyn Jetty Swim (City of Holdfast Bay)
  • SA Award for Active Citizenship: Gurjinder Singh (City of West Torrens)
  • SA Award for Active Citizenship: Adam Weinert (Adelaide Hills Council)
  • The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures (Category 1): Samoda Silva
  • The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures Commendation (Category 1): Jasmine Kaur
  • The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures (Category 2): Wathnak Vy
  • The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures Commendation (Category 2): Thuyen Ha
  • The Award for Inspiring South Australian Women: Dawn Jennings
  • The Award for Inspiring South Australian Women ‘Emerging Leader’ (Dual Recipients): Caylin Bristow and Laura Campbell
  • The Award for Inspiring South Australian Women ‘Emerging Leader’ commendation: Kaitlin Purcell

 

The Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia. Support Partners are Local Government of Association of South AustraliaOn the RunSarah Construction and MGA Insurance, and are administered by local Councils across South Australia.

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