Marion says ‘thank you’ to its community heroes

Read about the 33 awards presented to people who give so much to their community and inspire others.

A 20-year-old who is preparing to compete in the Rio de Je Janeiro Paralympics, a group of residents who are bringing neighbours together by running outdoor concerts, and a couple who are dedicated to keeping local history alive are among 33 recipients of this year’s Unsung Heroes Awards.

The awards pay tribute to individuals and groups for their community spirit, bravery, contribution to sports and the environment.

The awards were presented by Mayor Kris Hanna during a ceremony at the Marion Cultural Centre on Thursday, 28 July.

Mayor Hanna said this year’s event was an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the people who are making Marion a better place.

“It was a privilege to present 33 awards to people who give so much to their community and inspire others,” Mr Hanna said.

“To hear about Samuel von Einem who is training round the clock to represent Australia in table tennis at the Paralympics, and is ranked seventh in the world for athletes with an intellectual disability, is inspiring.   

“Park Holme and Plympton Park Residents’ Group are making their community stronger by running events ranging from outdoor concerts and art exhibitions to Christmas parties.”City Limits - Issue 52 - August 2016 - Community Heroes

Other awardees included Arthur and Elaine Beales, a couple in their mid-80s who volunteer at the Marion Heritage Research Centre transcribing documents and sharing their knowledge of local history.

Awards were also presented to 81-year-old Michael Mildren, a life member of Holdfast Model Aero Club who has built a battery operated weed sprayer he uses to keep the club’s site tidy, Nadja Osterstock who is sharing her knowledge of sustainability at community events, and Mary Lynch, a Meals on Wheels volunteer of 19 years.  

The full list of Unsung Heroes and the categories they were awarded in are:
  • Scott Boocock – Hegs Pegs
  • Thomas French – Warradale Hotel
  • Greg Garrihy and Philip Ransome – Edwardstown Region Business Association
  • Rebecca White & Paige Rowett – Tourism eSchool
  • Mark Fusco – Advanced Focus
Community Spirit
  • Lexi Schwarz - Cosgrove Hall volunteer
  • Richard and Pat Trott – Good neighbours who also tidy a median strip
  • Maxwell Bowden – Marion Historic Village Display Group
  • Tricia Clement - Marion Historic Village Display Group
  • Arthur and Elaine Beales – Marion Heritage Research Centre
  • Keith Harrison – Edwardstown Dawn Service organiser
  • David Hearn – COAST FM broadcaster
  • Raelene Welsh – Edwardstown Lions
  • Vicky Veliskou – Community advocate
  • Park Holme / Plympton Park Residents’ Group - Running Community events
  • Migrant Women's Group - Welcoming new arrivals
Arts and Culture      
  • Kym Clayton – Galleon Theatre 
  • Park Holme / Plympton Park Arts Group - Running community events
  • Scott Young – Wildcats Netball Club
  • Samuel von Einem – Paralympics athlete
  • Lucy Sayers – Cove Netball Club
  • Rosalyn Shute – Friends of Warriparinga
  • Steven Hoepfner and Silvia Volonta – Presents at community sustainability events
  • Nadja Osterstock – Presents at community sustainability events           
Role Model               
  • Kimberley McPherson – Supporting teenagers
  • Michael Mildren – Holdfast Model Aero Club
  • Paul Johnson – Royal Geographical Society medal recipient
  • Mary Lynch – Meals on Wheels  

 City Limits Magazine

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