Amelia Rix
Award

CELEBRATING SUCCESS – 17 YEARS OF AMELIA RIX AWARD WINNERS

The 17th anniversary of the CBS Inc. Amelia Rix Award, celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities in open employment, was held on 12/11/20, at the beautiful Adelaide Pavilion, situated in Veale Gardens.  It was another successful Award ceremony, recognising and acknowledging people who had achieved their goals through determination and perseverance.  There were around 120 people in attendance.

James Theodosi, a member of the CBS Inc. Moonlight Speakers and Leaders, emceed the event and Freddie Brincat OAM, Executive Director and Founder of CBS Inc., gave some history on the Amelia Rix Award, including personal anecdotes of Amelia.  This included watching a video from Today Tonight, of Barb and Ted Rix and their fundraising through the sale of Songs of an Angel, a CD produced in Amelia’s honour.  Entertainment was provided by well-known Adelaide entertainer Linda McCarthy.

There were nine nominees for the 2020 Amelia Rix Award – Zoran Bekric, Samuel Button, Robert Davies, Seamus Drumm, Nadia Ferencz, Aram Karimi Jahromi, Bridgett McDonald, Rebekah O’Brien and Fiona Pidgeon.

Two of the nominees came from rural regions of SA, i.e. The Riverland and Port Augusta. The nominees are employed in a variety of fields, e.g. logistics, teaching, administration, editing, concierge, retail, support work, cleaning, and their community work includes supporting refugees, volunteer coordinating, disability advocacy, food preparation and distribution, fundraising, youth work and church leading.

This year’s Winner was Rebekah O’Brien, Northern Adelaide, who received $1,000.  Rebekah works as a Concierge Officer for Community Concierge SA, a Social Enterprise of CBS Inc. and is also employed by Beg Your Pardon Menswear, a sponsor of the Amelia Rix Award.

The Runner Up was Samuel Button, Eastern Adelaide, who won $400.  Encouragement Awards were handed out to the other Nominees.

The generous sponsors of the 2020 Amelia Rix Award were also recognised at the ceremony.  All male nominees were provided with fitted suits from Beg Your Pardon menswear and the female nominees received a makeover.

Winner Rebekah O’Brien with Ted Rix and CBS Inc Founder and Executive Director, Freddie Brincat

Runner up Samuel Button with Ted Rix and CBS Inc Founder and Executive Director, Freddie Brincat

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.

Past Winners

2003


Ryan Blashchek (inaugural winner) Mid North

2004


George Bambacas and Shane Bogna
(joint winners) both Adelaide metro

2005


Hope Hedger
Murray Bridge

2006


Gavin Oatway
Adelaide metro

2007


Michael Vardaro
Riverland

2008


Lukasz Wojniak and Emma Hesketh
(joint winners) both Adelaide metro

2009


Con Kourtis
Riverland

2010


Robert Smith,

Runner-Up– David Palmer
both Adelaide metro

2011


Ben Cregan Riverland,

Runner-Up– Jordan Palmer
Adelaide metro

2012


Krystal Petherick,

Runner-Up– Paula Denton both Riverland

2013


Benjamin Eichler Murray Bridge,

Runner-Up Damien Carpenter Mid North

2014


Alyx Mitchell Riverland,

Runner-Up– Graeme Docking Murray Bridge

2015


Sarah Bown
Adelaide metro,

Runner-Up– Jesse
Adelaide metro

2016


Josh Richards
Metro Adelaide

2017


Tom Pride,
from the Northern Adelaide metro

Tia Halakas
from Berri

2018


Michael Nettle
Western Adelaide

Runner-Up– Zoe Michalanney
Southern Adelaide