SAIA Award 2022 Media Release Thursday 30 June 2022

South Australian Italian Association Annual Awards nominations OPEN.

Thursday 30 June 2022

Today we have officially launched the award application form (hyperlink) on the SAIA website, enabling the South Australian Community to cast their nominations for a distinguished member of the community. Nominations will open on Friday 1st July 2022, before closing on Thursday 15th September 2022.

The South Australian Italian Association (SAIA) serves as a strong voice for the Italian community in South Australia. In the last 70 years, SAIA has played a crucial role among the South Australian Italian Community and Italian organisations in maintaining Italian cultural roots and identity, promoting a sense of togetherness.

Inspiring work is undertaken by Italians in all sectors including economic, culture, R&D and innovation, language, sport, business, food and wine and our up-and-coming young achievers. SAIA intends to create added value to this existing work, intending to stimulate young Italo-Australian generations to follow suit.

In April 2022 SAIA established the inaugural SAIA Annual Awards which will be celebrated during a gala night on Saturday 12 November 2022 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The SAIA Annual Awards will recognise and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and/or organisations who have distinguished themselves in our community and in the community at large.

The SAIA Annual Awards 2022 will celebrate Italian individuals and/or organisations, who have shown excellence in their contributions to the following four sectors:

  • Culture and Art Award which includes education, music, language, sport, cuisine, etc.
  • Research & Development, and Innovation Award which includes: higher education, research, start-ups, innovative entrepreneurs, etc.
  • Business Award which includes: Primary Sector, Secondary Sector, and Tertiary Sectors.
  • Young Achiever Award which includes young people who have achieved excellence in their field of work or study, achieved a noteworthy personal accomplishment or have developed a creative or innovative project/initiative.

Nominations will be assessed by an independent Awards Committee of prominent South Australians, with the four awards to be announced at the Gala, hosted 12 November 2022 at the Adelaide Convection Centre. Members of this Committee have been selected based on their expertise and prominence in the four sectors of the awards. For further information on this committee see the application form (hyperlink).

If further information or comment is required, please call:

  • Dr. Phillip Donato OAM Chairman of SAIA Board – 0416 229 885
  • Adj. Prof. Nicola Sasanelli AM member of SAIA Board- 0488 565 938
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