Nominations for Adelaide’s 2022 Citizen of the Year awards are closing soon

Nominations for The City of Adelaide’s 2022 Citizen of the Year awards are closing soon!

Know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to your community in the last year? 

Now is the time to show them their efforts have not gone unnoticed, by nominating them for the City of Adelaide’s 2022 Citizen of the Year awards.

Held in partnership with the Australia Day Council (SA), the awards recognise members in our community and their achievements and contributions towards creating a better Adelaide and nation.

“The City of Adelaide is filled with extraordinary people who are making a difference in our community each and every day,” Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor says.

“Our Citizen of the Year Awards are an opportunity to recognise those people who go above and beyond to contribute and make a difference in our city.”

There are three nomination categories:

  • Citizen of the Year – nominees must be an Australian citizen
  • Young Citizen of the Year – must be an Australian citizen aged 30 or less on 26 January on the year of the award
  • Community Event of the Year – awarded to the person/group who staged the most outstanding community event during the past year

Last year’s Citizen of the Year award went to Haydyn Bromley, a well-respected Adnyamathanha man, teacher and educator of 20 years. In addition to working in education, he’s gained experience in the fields of social justice and industrial rights, holding many leadership positions both in national and international roles. 

Haydyn continues to provide Aboriginal Cultural Awareness, Sensitivity and Respect training to businesses across the City of Adelaide and afar, all of which cumulated in him winning the prestigious title.

Young Citizen of the Year for 2021 was awarded to Wathnak Vy who says, “it’s important to acknowledge the commitment of young people in the community”. 

“Young people tend to be overlooked by more senior people and the general public, but now we are challenging those labels”, Wathnak says.

“If you know anyone that has made a change in their community, nominate them, because then they’ll at least know that someone in the community has recognised them”, he continued.

The 2021 Community Event of the Year award, went to dynamic husband and wife duo, Kelly Noble and Steve Testar, for their involvement in the SA4SA Bushfire Appeal Gala Dinner.

“Recognition from my peers is very humbling and has allowed me an enhanced voice to create more opportunities for businesses”, Steve says.

Wife Kelly explains that, “being able to give back to the community at its greatest time of need was an unforgettable experience”.

“The recognition we received for this through the Citizen of the Year Awards was something we never thought possible, but it’s a true honour to know that we’ve made a difference in the community”, she says.

To find out more about the 2022 City of Adelaide’s Citizen of the Year awards or to nominate, head to the City of Adelaide website.

Nominations close 12am, Sunday 14th November 2021.

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