Remarkable Residents Recognised

Released on 12 October 2017
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Outstanding individuals, groups and organisations helping make the City of Salisbury a wonderful place to live, work, play and study were acknowledged at the 2017 Legends Awards.

 

 

Presented by Mayor Gillian Aldridge at John Harvey Gallery in Salisbury on the evening of 11 October 2017, this prestigious annual program recognises the following:

  • LIVING LEGEND: An individual or group improving quality of life in the City of Salisbury through learning and education, volunteering, environmental sustainability or community safety.
  • WORKING LEGEND: An individual or group that is enhancing the City of Salisbury by showcasing business excellence, or an individual or group improving the City of Salisbury through their business collaborations, events or innovation.
  • ACTIVE LEGEND: An individual or a group that has helped build pride and success in the City of Salisbury as a sportsperson, team, coach, umpire, official, artist or musician.
  • MRS BAYNES AND MRS ROBERTS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD: Presented to a City of Salisbury employee who demonstrates outstanding contributions in the areas of work, community and play.

"All of this year’s winners have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others in our community, whether that be our most frail and vulnerable, or supporting and mentoring enthusiastic young people into sport or employment," Mayor Aldridge said. "It warms my heart to hear about the positive impact these selfless and caring people are having on others within the Salisbury community and beyond, and I feel honoured to be able to recognise them with a Legend Award."

2017 Legends Awards Winners

LIVING LEGEND – SALISBURY STITCHERS INC.

Salisbury Stitchers truly is a hidden gem of the City of Salisbury.

It began in 1991 when Carolyn Wall posted an expression of interest notice in the local paper to form a craft group. It attracted people from as far as the Barossa valley, Henley Beach and Glenalta to join local people from Salisbury, Pooraka, Elizabeth, Golden Grove and many suburbs in between.

Salisbury Stitches became an incorporated body in December 1993, and since 16 September 1994 the group has been located at the Scout Hall on Orange Avenue in Salisbury. Their membership swelled to approximately 130 people. At present they have a membership of 68 with ages ranging from 40 to 90 years.

They may not be a charity, but they have demonstrated many significant charitable deeds. Many, many hours have been spent designing, cutting and sewing beautiful patchwork quilts, baking for morning teas, candle wicking and even creating teddy bears to help raise money for charity or to donate to a baby, child or adult in need of care and comfort.

Salisbury Stitches has helped people in Africa, Kosovo, Vietnam and Borneo to name a few. Locally, donations have been made to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Leukaemia Foundation, Can Do for Kids, Novita, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Heart Kids, the Northern Area Domestic Violence Centre, Angel Flights, victims of the Victoria bushfires, trauma teddies for the South Australian Police Force to comfort traumatized adults and children, the Red Cross, Salisbury Meals on Wheels and many more. The oncology department at the Lyell McEwen Hospital has received approximately 200 quilts, and group members are currently working on a donation for people suffering from muscular dystrophy.

Salisbury Stitches has succeeded in making a positive difference in the lives of others for more than two decades and are highly deserved winners of the Living Legend Award.

WORKING LEGEND – MICHAEL MANGOS

Michael Mangos, of Salisbury North, has been the Director of SA Structural for more than 15 years.

The company and its projects speak for themselves including the new SA Medical Research Institute, The Adelaide Convention Centre, Burnside Village Shopping Centre, SA Health Medical Research Institute and Rowlands Apartments – just to name a few.

Mr Mangos has shown leadership in supporting the City of Salisbury community through the creation of opportunities, whether that be by providing apprenticeships, involving local university students in research projects or employing ex-automotive workers who have been displaced by the close of GM Holden.

SA Structural has three premises throughout the City of Salisbury including at Salisbury North and Pooraka. Their success and commitment to growing their business locally has been further reinforced after purchasing a 10,000-square metre facility at Edinburgh as their new headquarters.

This was a significant investment for their business and one that shows SA Structural is committed to the City of Salisbury and growing their business even further.

WORKING LEGEND (MAYORS COMMENDATION) – CAMERON BENHAM

Cameron Benham is a young entrepreneur from Mawson Lakes who, at the age of 14, started a monthly board game based event called ‘The Big Game Theory’.

This has grown into an online store at www.thebiggametheory.com.au which offers a large selection of board games and associated products while also promoting his monthly events.

These are currently run from The Whitehorse Inn at Bolivar and bring together families and groups in a welcoming and social environment.

Cameron has organised events as large as 600 attendees, working with volunteers and community groups. For the past three years he has run the tabletop gaming section for Avcon at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is about to host an event for Hybrid World Adelaide – all while currently studying Year 12.

ACTIVE LEGEND – ELAINE FIGALLO

Elaine Figallo, of Paralowie, has been a respected stalwart northern suburbs cricket for more than 30 years.

Prior to stepping down from the Para Districts Cricket Association during the AGM in August, Elaine had served 26 years on the Executive Committee including the past eight seasons as President. Throughout this time Elaine has been instrumental in the development of cricket, particularly for juniors and women.

Elaine played a key role in the development of the Para Districts Cricket Association’s junior program some 30 years ago. Initially offering Under 14s and Under 16s, the Under 12 competition was later added to allow children of all ages to play cricket. Throughout this time, Elaine helped her local Paralowie Cricket Club to field seven teams in the Association, which grew from 40 to 60 teams.

Elaine was instrumental in the foundation of the Association’s women’s competition, which will celebrate its 20th year this season. This has been widely recognised as one of the first community cricket competitions for women in Australia, with other associations only now beginning to establish similar programs. This highlights Elaine’s vision and leadership.

As Association President, Elaine always made decisions considering the interests of the affiliated clubs and their members. Through her leadership, there are now more programs available than ever before for juniors, seniors and women to participate in cricket in the northern suburbs, allowing members of the community to emulate their heroes regardless of their ability or stage of development.

MRS BAYNES AND MRS ROBERTS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD - MARY CERAVOLO

Mary Ceravolo is the CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Program Coordinator within the Community Health and Wellbeing Division at the City of Salisbury.

She has a strong commitment to the Salisbury community, not just as an employee of the City of Salisbury, but also by spending a great deal of time voluntarily working with the Bhutanese community as well as promoting women’s wellbeing, personal growth and development in a range of community settings. Mary also works to support all people to achieve their greatest potential through creative activities and she weaves this approach into her daily work.

During her nine years at the City of Salisbury, Mary has worked skilfully to support positive outcomes for older community members from the Bhutanese, Polish and Italian communities, and has contributed significantly to the cultural understandings of the broader organisation.