Unsung Heroes Awards - Our community champions

Read about this year’s Unsung Heroes Awards which paid tribute to individuals and groups for their community spirit, contribution to sports, arts and the environment.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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A group of volunteers who are helping young women build self-esteem, a recently retired 91-year-old dance instructor and a football club volunteer of 25 years were among a record 45 recipients of this year’s Unsung Heroes Awards.

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

The awards were presented at a ceremony at a packed Marion Cultural Centre in July.

City of Marion chief executive officer Mark Searle said the event highlighted a wide-range of range of people who make Marion a better place.

“The Unsung Heroes Awards was a tribute to our community champions who come from all walks of life and give their time to make Marion a better place,” Mr Searle said.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Unsung Heroes Awards“I’m delighted Marion has so many dedicated people who volunteer, pass on kills and help their neighbours.”

Amy Fowler was among a group of Cove Youth Service volunteers awarded for running activities that boost confidence and self-esteem among young women.

“I love giving back to the community and am passionate about supporting young people,” Amy, 21, said.

“We run three after school programs including ‘drop in’ and two programs for girls that include art, shoe painting and jewellery making which helps them learn skills, form friendships and gain confidence.”

Other awardees included 91-year-old Joy Smart who recently retired as a volunteer dance instructor at Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre and Scott McDermott who has served as a player, coach and committee member at Morphettville Park Football Club for 25 years.

Awards were also presented to volunteers who worked to improve the environment, promote arts and culture and support people living with a disability.

Our Unsung Heroes

The full list of awardees and the categories they were awarded in are:

Arts and Culture

  • Joy Smart and John Yard - Dancing with Friends
  • Lance and Alice Goodgame - Dancing with Friends
  • Yvonne Sparrow - Dancing with Friends
  • Stuart Partis - Kingston Chorus
  • Jan Ullrich - Marion Art Group

Community Spirit

  • Amy Fowler, Ben Flemwell, Pragathi Sridhar, Sarah Jamieson, Sasha Quayum, Cherylyn McMillan, Marjonela Gjergji - Cove Youth Service volunteers
  • Jan Hedger - Active Elders Association
  • Sophie Quinn - Student, Hallett Cove R-12 School
  • David Roberts - Director of Youth Projects, Hallett Cove Rotary Club
  • Emma Hale - Clean up Australia Day volunteer
  • Simon Fullbrook - Thrift Shop Manager, Marion Salvation Army
  • Michael Cleary - Fox Mowing and Gardening
  • Andrew Wood - Lions Club of Hallett Cove and Districts
  • Brian Wilsher and Christina Sutherland - Lions Club of Hallett Cove
  • Frank Church - Service to Lions clubs
  • Ian Crossland - Friends of the Lower Field River
  • Jillian Kimber - President, Lions Club of Hallett Cove
  • John Dicker - Riding for the Disabled
  • Tom and Lorraine Hough - Volunteers, Meals on Wheels
  • Len Messenger - Volunteer, Meals on Wheels
  • Joan Marshall - Volunteer, Meals on Wheels
  • Bill Heycox - Christmas decoration fundraising


  • Claudia Heldt - Friends of Marion Conservation Park
  • Malcolm McDonnell - Trott Park Community Garden
  • Geoff Richards and Margie Goodchild - Clovelly Park Community Garden
  • Brian Gardiner - Volunteer Marion LIFE Community Services
  • Samantha Kerr - Friends of Sturt River Landcare Group

Fair Go

  • Dennis Murton - Financial Counsellor, Marion LIFE Community Services

Role Model

  • Heather Watts - Circle of Friends Australia
  • Monica Lubanska - Community member


  • Adam Harris - Austral Phoenix Volleyball Club
  • Colin Jarrett - Hallett Cove Beach Tennis Club
  • Scott McDermott - Morphettville Park Football Club
  • Andrew Fry - Cove Football Club
  • Keith Noble - Cove Sports and Community Club

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