Amelia Rix Award

Each year, CBS holds the Amelia Rix Award in memory of the late Amelia Rix, who was a long-term participant in our Jobnet Program. CBS established the Award in 2003 for Jobnet participants with a disability who show a similar spirit to Amelia in finding and keeping a regular job in open employment, while also participating in volunteer and community work.

The 2016 Amelia Rix Award Ceremony was held on Wednesday November 30 at the National Wine Centre. The Hon Leesa Vlahos MP, Minister for Disabilities, was in attendance.

There were nine nominees for the 2016 Amelia Rix Award: Raumund, Rebekah, Shannon, Lisa, Iris Robyn, Joshua, Paul and Dana. More than half of the nominees came from rural regions of South Australia like Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, the Riverland and Whyalla, and are employed in a variety of fields such as retail, animal care and wood-turning. Their community work includes horticulture, art therapy and video editing.

Joshua, from Southern Adelaide, was the winner of the 2016 CBS Amelia Rix Award, receiving $1,000.

Iris, from the Riverland, was awarded $400 as Runner-Up, and Encouragement Awards of $100 were also provided to the other nominees. The awards and certificates were presented by Ted Rix, Amelia’s father.

Freddie Brincat OAM, Executive Director said, “All winners from the past 14 years have gone on to become successful employees who continue to make a positive contribution to their local communities. All they needed was a start from others who could see their potential and give them a chance to succeed”.
Congratulations to everyone!

The Award ceremony was very successful, with about 110 people attending. Entertainment was provided by renowned Adelaide band The BordererS.

The event was made possible due to generous Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors, who were also recognised at the ceremony.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Amelia Rix Award, to help keep it going, can do so via the PayPal link or contact Caroline Manetta on 8207 1233.

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