Local Heroes Awards 2018

The Local Heroes Awards recognise individuals who have made a difference in the local community. Congratulations to the following 2019 winners:

Positive Playford Award – Adult, sponsored by Lighthouse Disability, was awarded to Jasmine Brouwers. Jasmine is a volunteer with Uniting Communities’ Families by Families  Program. The program provides support to assist stressed families to get through tough times and help fill a gap in crisis services.

Positive Playford Award – Youth, sponsored by Boral, was awarded to Gemma Phillis. Gemma is a volunteer for the Children’s University Australasia, a role model for young people and assists in local schools to gain experience whilst completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at UniSA.

Business Award, sponsored by Rivergum Homes, was awarded to two winners, Indulge Your Beauty and Yourtown. Cassie Williams started Indulge Your Beauty as a home-based beauty salon and grew from a sole trader to a small business with a team of seven. Yourtown is a national organisation, providing a range of services for young people and families seeking support, particularly to assist those at risk of disadvantage.

Best Training or Engagement Initiative Program, sponsored by T&J Constructions, was awarded to the NDIS Disability Enterprise Project. The City of Playford, the Independent Institute, Barkuma and Uniting SA collaborated to deliver this innovative project. The partners delivered a tailored hospitality training program to people with a disability.

Best Training-to-Employment- Individual Outcome, sponsored by Alexander Symonds, was awarded to Rhianon Mcbryde-Rousseff. Rhianon completed a Certificate II in Civil Construction and moved into employment at LR&M, enabling her to undertake further study in a Certificate III. Rhianon was a standout participant during her training program. She developed into a group leader, showing initiative and helping other students and demonstrated good planning and problem-solving skills.