South Australian NAIDOC Ball 2012



Person of the Year – Lorelle Hunter – Aboriginality: Mirning, Wirangu SA

Lorelle has worked for 10 years at Nunkuwarrin Yunti Inc. in the SA Link-Up Program. Working at SA Link-Up is not just a job for Lorelle, it is more than that, her heart, passion and commitment is to the program and for the community. Lorelle is respectful to client’s needs, to cultural protocol and she has been nominated to be a part of many Link-Up working groups.

Young Male of the Year – Shannan Iuliano

Shannan has been employed as a Trainee with DFEEST since February 2012. Shannan has always strived to be a role model for his family, and the wider community by never giving up and achieving his goals no matter what obstacles or barriers he has overcome. Shannan has also volunteered his time at the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Basketball Association Carnival carnival held in South Austrlalia in 2011.

Young Female of the Year – Trischaye Lee Newchurch

Trischaye is an exemplary student who has achieved exceptional academic achievements as well as showing sporting prowess in many different sports. In 2009 Trischaye participated in a 10 week Aboriginal Leadership program. In 2011 Trischaye was one of three students that represented Salisbury High School from South Australia in Canberra in the ‘Learn, Earn, Legend’ initiative where she undertook a week’s stay in Canberra.

Trischaye is currently captain of the Salisbury High School Aboriginal Power Cup football team.

Female Elder of the Year – Janice Rigney

Janice is the longest serving Chairperson of the Council of Aboriginal Elders of SA and a vital member of the Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing. Janice is a generous and active volunteer in the community.

Male Elder of the Year – Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien (The Old Man of the Sea)

Uncle Lewis O’Brien was born at Point Pearce Mission on the 25 March 1930. He is a proud Kaurna Elder and Statesman who we have all become familiar with through his wonderful “Words of Welcome to Kaurna Country as Ambassador of the Adelaide Plains people my brothers and sisters lets walk together in harmony”.

He also holds the title of Honorary Fellow at the David Unaipon School, University of South Australia.

Cadet of the Year – Becara Hands

Currently Becara is studying and completing her Diploma to become an enrolled nurse. Becara also works two days a week in conjunction with her TAFE SA studies. Becara is a wife and mother of four children.

Scholar of the Year – Trenna Clark

Treena has been a student at UniSA since 2006 when she entered and completed Foundation Studies Program. The following year Treena enrolled in a Bachelor of Public Relations gaining four Distinctions and two credits in her final year and graduated with Honours in March 2012.

Artist of the Year – Derik Lynch

Performed in Nyuntu Ngail in Adelaide and Sydney seasons, and now is performing Pinocchio in Adelaide and Melbourne with the Windmill Theatre.

Sports person of the Year – Sean Lemmens

Sean was selected for the Port Adelaide Magpies Development team in under 13s, under 14s and under 15s and now is Vice Captain with Port Adelaide under 18s Centre of Excellence. This year is in Year 12 at Salisbury High School and is aiming to complete his SACE in 2012.

Event of the Year – Reconciliation Event in Mount Barker held on the 1 June 2012

Event – The Adelaide Hills celebrated at the local recreation centre with a day of entertainment, songs Traditional Dancing, Blue Light disco and a huge BBQ.

About 600 people attended the event.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made an enormous contribution to
developing South Australia’s future.

They come from a wide diversity of fields including music, art, culture, education, sport,
employment and politics. All showcase their strong identity and are proud of it.

If you know someone in your community who deserves to be recognised for their contribution,
then complete the nomination form below for the South Australian State NAIDOC Awards 2013.

We don’t all have to be champions. We don’t all have to be prominent. The State NAIDOC
Awards aim to recognise outstanding achievements at all levels of our community.
Don’t forget to vote next year for the 2013 NAIDOC awards – information posted soon!

2 thought on “South Australian NAIDOC Ball 2012”

  1. Chu Junior says:


  2. Carmen Modulo says:

    cheers my friend, great job for you and your work.

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