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Inspiring mum wins SA award

A Modbury Heights retiree who cared for more than 90 foster babies while raising her own four children has been recognised with the Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award for 2021. Dawn Jennings first opened her home to foster children, some as young as two days old, in the early 1980s and continued until her retirement in 2020. The Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink presented the award to Mrs Jennings on January 18 as part of the SA Australia Day Awards 2021 ceremony at Government House.

The Inspiring Women’s Award is an opportunity to celebrate South Australian women from all walks of life who are the unsung heroes in our community. In addition to the main award, an Emerging Leader Award was jointly awarded to young volunteer surf life savers Caylin Bristow and Laura Campbell, who together developed a “surf sisters” camp for the young women members of the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club. An Emerging Leader Commendation was also awarded to young Roxby Downs coach Kaitlin Purcell for her pioneering role in starting women’s football teams.

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2021 Recipients

  • Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award – Dawn Jennings
  • Emerging Leader’s Award – Caylin Bristow and Laura Campbell
  • Emerging Leader’s Commendation – Kaitlin Purcell
Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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