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Italian Community Volunteer Awards 2017

The 13th annual COASIT Italian Community Volunteer Awards were held on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at the Carrington Function Centre, an iconic venue for the Italian community in South Australia. The event was a huge success with over 300 attendees enjoying lunch, great music and joyful celebrations for the efforts of our community volunteers.

 

Guest speakers and special attendees on the day included his Excellency the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le, Mrs Dana Wortley MP Member for Torrens, Ms Rachel Sanderson MP Member for Adelaide, Vincent Tarzia MP Member for Hartley and Antonio Accorso Vice Consul of Italy to South Australia. The appreciation shown by the mentioned special guests and other important members of the ageing, multicultural and volunteering community emphasised the value placed on the work done by all volunteers.

In total, 37 volunteers were nominated for awards, a tremendous effort on behalf of the Italian community.  Special length of service recognition was given to longstanding volunteers that included Mrs Antonietta Battistella, Mrs Vincenza De Sanctis, Mrs Esterina Quarantiello, Mrs Carmela Di Maria, Mrs Lucia Menechella, Tina Morcombe, Maria Russo and Wanda Cavaiuolo.  Life Membership was also awarded to Mrs Franca Antonello, of which more information is provided later in this newsletter.

The Youth Volunteer Award for 2017 was awarded to Mr Eddie Maio, who has been volunteering with PISA for 18 years. His role includes delivering meals to the elderly and he is dedicated to helping the community. He is caring and conscientious, but it is his tireless dedication to the community that inspires others around him. COASIT is extremely proud to recognise Eddie as a much deserving winner

The Volunteer of the Year Award 2017 was awarded to Mrs Genoveffa Paradiso, who has been volunteering with Bene Aged Care for the past 7 years. She volunteers weekly for church service at the Italian Village and dedicates her life, her heart and her time to assisting with the Catholic service for residents. Without revealing her age, Genoveffa is Bene’s oldest volunteer and an inspiration for us all. She sets an example for all of us that anyone of any age can contribute to their community.

During the event, guests were serenaded by the wonderful sounds of the band ‘Friends’. Many people got involved in their performance by showing off their moves on the dancefloor! In addition, the famous COASIT raffle saw around 30 lucky people win prizes donated by our fantastic sponsors. A huge thank you to all COASIT sponsors who made this possible by donating generously. Radio Italiana 531 and Radio Italia Uno Adelaide both broadcast live from the event on the day and COASIT thanks both radio stations for their support.

 

A final huge thank you to all of our special guests, sponsors, the Carrington Function Centre, volunteers, COASIT members and everyone else who helped make the day possible. COASIT again thanks all volunteers for their tireless work in the community and we look forward to celebrating again next year!

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Italian Community Volunteer Awards 2016

Italian Community Volunteer Awards 2016

 

The 12th annual COASIT Italian Community Volunteer Awards were held on Thursday 12th May 2016 at Sfera’s Function Centre. The event was a huge success with around 350 attendees enjoying an afternoon of good food, great music and joyful celebrations for the efforts of our community volunteers.

Guest speakers and special attendees on the day included his Excellency the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le, Zoe Bettison Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Rachel Sanderson Shadow Minister for Volunteers, Dr Roberta Ronzitti Consul of Italy to South Australia, Vincent Tarzia MP and Tony Zappia MP. The appreciation shown by the mentioned special guests and other important members of the ageing, multicultural and volunteering community emphasised the value placed on the work done by volunteers in the Italian community.

In all 27 volunteers were nominated for awards, a tremendous effort on behalf of the Italian community.  Pasquale Minichello, Luisa Mirolo, Vera Perin, Peter Rossi and Pasquale Russo also received a recognition award on behalf of both CIC and COASIT for their 30 years of volunteer service.

The Youth Volunteer Award for 2016 was won by Angel Manzella, an inspirational young lady who has dedicated much of her time at Villa St Hilarion since she was 7 years old. Angel has assisted with activities, serving food, taking residents for walks, going on outings and talking and singing to residents in Italian.

The Senior Volunteer Award for 2016 was won by dual winners Peter and Sandra Doyle, who have given up much of their weeks for the past 8 years in volunteering at Bene Aged Care. Their assistance has included transportation, meals, arts and crafts, activities and conversing with clients. Although they do not speak Italian both Peter and Sandra have shown amazing interest and compassion for the people they work with.

During the event, guests were serenaded by the wonderful sounds of the band ‘Friends’. Many people got involved in their performance by showing off their moves on the dancefloor! In addition, the famous COASIT raffle saw around 30 lucky people win prizes donated by our fantastic sponsors. A huge to all COASIT sponsors who made this possible by donating generously. Radio Italiana 531 and Radio Italia Uno Adelaide both broadcast live from the event on the day and COASIT thanks both radio stations for their support.

 

A final huge thank you to all of our special guests, sponsors, Sfera’s function centre, volunteers, COASIT members and everyone else who helped make the day possible. COASIT again thanks all volunteers for their tireless work in the community and we look forward to celebrating again next year!

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Winner of the Youth Volunteer Award for 2015

 

Donato volunteers with the Madonna di Montevergine association and is currently their public relations officer. He is passionate about promoting Italian culture and events.

Donato is an outstanding ambassador for young volunteers, who supports the many Italian feasts and functions weekly. Those in the Italian community benefit from people like Donato supporting and promoting Italian cultural and religious events.

Today we would like to thank Donato for all his support and endless time dedicated to the Italian community.

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WINNER OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD for 2015 is PETER TROPEANO

 

Peter has been a volunteer at St Hilarion Aged Care for 10 years. Peter has been responsible for the creation of the Adami Organic Garden and Keelan’s Fruit Grove. He was able to network with local business and schools to create a fruit garden consisting of 32 trees and an organic vegetable farm.

As a result of Peter’s hard work, residents are actively involved in the upkeep and development of the garden and the produce is utilised in the daily meals.
We take great pleasure in commending Peter for his dedication and loyalty he gives to the Italian community.

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Ciao App Launches into Aged Care Sector

 

CO.AS.IT. (SA) is pleased to announce their new ‘Ciao’ Application (App) for iPad and iPhone which has recently been developed by CO.AS.IT. (SA) Inc. for the aged care and health care sectors. It is specifically designed and tailored to educate and support staff and volunteers to communicate more effectively with Italian speaking clients in an aged care setting. It can also be used by anyone wanting to learn some basic Italian words and phrases and has even been utilised in schools.

The language words are split into many categories for ease of searching for a word or phrase. Workers can create their own shortlist of favourites relating directly to their role e.g. medical staff, carers etc. All the categories have visual prompts, text and voice recordings. Some examples of the categories included are greetings, feelings, family, religion, instructions and health care.

‘Ciao’ is an instant resource that supports workers and volunteers quickly when communicating with Italian speaking people. It allows workers and volunteers to communicate more effectively, giving older people a real feeling of appreciation and acknowledgement.

The App also has direct links to Italian agencies so anyone can call, email or source information online instantly in relation to Italian cultural information or services available. These links include CO.AS.IT (SA), ANFE, CIC, PISA, Bene Aged Care and St Hilarion Aged Care.

The App is highly innovative and the first of its kind. We hope other community groups will be able to use this model to develop similar Apps to support different groups in the community. It is free of charge to download. Our main goal is for as many people to benefit from this application as possible and for older people to benefit from a culturally responsive service.

The application concept and trials were developed in collaboration with Domiciliary Care, The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and has received wide support from both Italian and mainstream agencies, hospitals and schools. We are very happy with the positive response so far from providers and older people and we hope to provide further updates and cultural information to continually meet their needs. We also hope to develop an android version in the near future.

The Official Launch of ‘Ciao’ took place on 17th April 2015. For more information please contact Luisa Greco, Project Manager at CO.AS.IT. (SA) on (08) 8346 9393 or Luisa@coasitsa.org.au

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