Community Recognition Award Winner Jourdan Fairbank

Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:06): I rise today to speak about a community awards presentation I held at Patritti Wines in Dover Gardens recently. More than 100 people attended to celebrate some outstanding people in our local area. Meeting with people in the electorate, I am always hearing about people doing fabulous things for others and people who are generally doing great things for our local area. It is often the small things that make the biggest difference in a community, and I want these people to be acknowledged.

Through my newsletter, local schools and community organisations I asked for nominations to identify those who just quietly go about helping others and contributing to the local area but who are not often recognised. I had such a terrific response, and as such I acknowledge and celebrate five award recipients.

I also want to say a big thank you to Ines Patritti from Patritti Wines in Dover Gardens, who helped put on the event; Total Tools, Lonsdale, who supported it; the Warradale Hotel; Zorich Sports/Sports Power at Glenelg; and the SA Aquatic Centre. My wife, family and friends also helped support the night with some food. It was a great environment in which to acknowledge these fantastic people. Also, thanks go to Seaview High School's school captains, Jake Beaumont and Rachael Jaala Rattus, who attended. Rachael sang and her brother played keyboard, and they were absolutely outstanding and also helped to raise some funds for Operation Flinders, the Seaview chapter. 

Jourdan Fairbank was our third award winner. Jourdan has had an amazing career working with vulnerable animals in our community. She runs a charity called Be the Change Animal Shelter in Reynella to look after animals in need and to find new adoptive parents for them. She worked tirelessly during the recent bushfire crisis, taking care of pets and animals that had been affected.

The charity is a 100 per cent not-for-profit organisation that relies on donations from the public. She works hard to house animals in need and gives selflessly to care for vulnerable animals. Her husband, Danny, was also in attendance; they have three children and have a very busy life. It is a brilliant example of what people do to give back to the local community, and I commend Jourdan.

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