Australian of the Year
Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.
The Australian of the Year Awards provides all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who makes them proud.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the 2013 awards, and in particular, the 16 finalists and 4 award recipients who were honoured at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 November. The 4 recipients now become national finalists and move on to Canberra on Australia Day Eve for the national announcement. You can see all the photos from the event on our AustraliaDay in SA facebook page.
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR (SA) - Sonya Ryan – Cyber safety campaigner
Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Ray Creen – Ambulance chief
Scott Neeson – Humanitarian
Dr Gerry O‟Callaghan – Medical campaigner
SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR (SA) - Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM – Palliative care specialist
Senior Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Michael Angelakis AM – Entrepreneurial businessman
Ernest (Keith) Skillicorn AM – Medical missionary
Jock Statton OAM – Veterans‟ campaigner
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR (SA) - Vanessa Picker, 21 – Social campaigner
Young Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Rima Chahoud, 28 – Mental health activist
Rachel Dreyer, 27 – Cardiac researcher
Daniel Ryan, 24 – Youth ambassador
LOCAL HERO (SA) - Anna Kemp – Women‟s advocate
Local Hero (SA) Finalists
Brad Chilcott – Human rights campaigner
Brenda McCulloch – Community cook
Christopher Roberts-Yates – Work skills instructor
The Australian of the Year Awards are proudly presented in South Australia by the Australia Day Council of South Australia in partnership with Advantage SA.