A happy-go-lucky singer and a socially conscious café owner are among the winners of Playford’s Local Citizen Awards for 2024.
The annual awards acknowledge the work and commitment of those special community members who give up their time generously to others and contribute back into our city.
Winners of all five categories were announced during Playford’s Australia Day Breakfast which was held in Fremont Park on Friday.
Citizen of the Year: Ben Pacillo
Café owner, Ben Pacillo, extends a helping hand to people in need, while fostering creativity and culture in the city.
From his café, Delicia Acai in Elizabeth, Ben provides hot drinks and refreshments free of charge to people who may be experiencing homeless or financial hardship.
He has also established a ‘free to take’ table, that features fruit, books and drinks to support those in need, while fostering support from the wider community, by encouraging donations to the table.
Ben hosts ‘Sunday Sessions’ at Delicia, which sees local artists perform at Prince George Plaza. The sessions provide an outlet for local artists to gain experience performing to live audiences and nurture creativity Playford.
Young Citizen of the Year: Daniel Nabii
As well as being one of the happiest people you’re likely to meet, Daniel Nabii is passionate about uplifting and motivating others.
Daniel, a keen singer-songwriter, uses music to raise awareness of the experiences of people living with a disability and/or having lived experience of mental illness.
Award for Active Citizenship: John Quinn
John Quinn has been an active member of the Playford Men’s Shed for eight years, holding the position of president for half of that time.
John has shown exceptional dedication to the wellbeing of all members, and his consistent commitment to the success of the Men’s Shed ensures that it is a safe and welcoming place where people can connect, find purpose and give back to the community.
Sport Club of the Year: Munno Para City Soccer Club
Munno Para City Soccer Club has provided the opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to participate in community sport and improve their physical and mental health.
Their dedicated group of volunteers spend countless hours not just running the club, but arranging fundraisers and events as well as promoting wellbeing causes such as RUOK Day.
Community group or initiative of the year: Amplifii Music Festival
When Karren Kelly started attending music festivals with her son, it didn’t take her long to realise that most festivals are not designed for those living with disability.
Karren decided to channel her passion as an advocate for social change and create a new music experience for all to enjoy, hosting Amplifii Music Festival – an all-inclusive music festival event held in Playford in January 2023.
Thank you to all those who nominated!
Nominations for the Local Citizen Awards are open all year and can be completed online at www.citizenoftheyear.com.au