My South Australian Life

Nov 13, 2020
My South Australian Life

‘Ballet is a huge part of my identity’

From Adelaide's Hyde Park to the Australian Ballet, Jill Ogai had her eyes on the prize as a child and has worked through injury and setback to become a soloist.

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Nov 6, 2020
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“The simple joy of not just looking, but seeing”

Brian Parkes – CEO of Adelaide’s JamFactory – left home more than 30 years ago and drove his bright blue Datsun 180B to Hobart to embark on a journey that in many ways, he says, he is still on today.

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Oct 29, 2020
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‘You don’t advocate for change without copping flak’

Maggie Dawkins has been described as many things. The daughter of a GP and tea entrepreneur. The wife of a former treasurer. A proud mother. But any one of these titles would be doing her a disservice. She is a tenacious, hard-working and staunch advocate for child protection.

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Oct 9, 2020
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‘People will always remember how you make them feel’

Debbie Ryan was living a blessed life, married to her highschool sweetheart, with two beautiful children. Tragically, following years of incessant bullying, her daughter Maddy took her own life. Debbie is now on a mission to show just how deeply our actions can affect others.

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Sep 25, 2020
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“My philosophy is based around gratitude”

Sister Jillian Havey OP AM was a school principal for almost 50 years and taught thousands of young women during that time. But a stroke last year hastened her retirement, signalling the end of an era, and the start of new beginnings.

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Aug 30, 2020
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“Neurosis surrounded us… we just got on with life”

Writer and performance poet Geoff Goodfellow is known for his "brutally electric" style, but he reveals a more vulnerable side in a new memoir about his boyhood. Here, he shares the story of his life ­­– from working-class lad to literary icon.

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Aug 16, 2020
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“I can honestly say I feel I’ve been stripped down to my soul”

Working on radio is the perfect job for Mel Dzelde, a vivacious and funny mum of three who loves music and meeting people. But Mel is also fighting for her life after cancer came knocking again. She reveals how she stays positive and how a personal bond with Oprah Winfrey keeps her spirits up.

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Aug 9, 2020
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“Just an ordinary guy who happens to have a very extraordinary job”

Chris Sexton, 52, is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and women’s health specialist who estimates he has delivered 6000 babies over the past 30 years. That number will rise significantly next year, Chris says, with a baby boom on the way thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Jul 26, 2020
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“Eat good food and don’t drink bad wine”

Chef Chris Jarmer, 48, hails from restaurant royalty. His parents Peter and Kathy owned Jarmer's fine dining restaurant on Kensington Road for years and today Chris has carved out his own niche in the hospitality game. Here, he talks about cooking, business, meeting a long-lost sister and marrying into another Adelaide food and wine dynasty.

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Jul 10, 2020
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“Art and theatre are inter-related in my mind”

Artist Silvana Angelakis has moved seamlessly between fashion design, costume design, sculpture and mix media works, but the constant has always been her unwavering ability to transform inspired ideas into intricate creations.

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Jul 3, 2020
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“I never really left the world of make-believe”

Geoff Cobham is the artistic brain behind some of SA’s most awe-inspiring creations – Adelaide Festivals, mind-bending light shows and now Patch Theatre. His partner, Restless Dance Theatre’s Roz Hervey and their daughter, actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey, share his love of the arts.

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Jun 21, 2020
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“They showed me that anything and everything is possible, including forgiveness”

Music and arts publicist Deb Edwards has worked with big names such as Cold Chisel, Cliff Richard and Tina Turner. She has always drawn inspiration from her late mother, Amy, who was SA’s first Aboriginal primary school teacher, and her trailblazing aunt, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned this story contains images of deceased persons.)

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Jun 12, 2020
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“I don’t want people to be fearful about what they don’t know”

Jane Russo is the kind of person who can’t sit still for too long. The City of Unley councillor accepts all challenges head on, and this persistence has been on show when campaigning for a cause close to her heart – awareness for the rights of transgender and non-binary young people.

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May 31, 2020
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“It has been far better to be locked down with artworks than without”

Diana Jaquillard is a recognisable character around Adelaide, with her signature short, blunt fringe and stylish, eccentric glasses. One of the greatest loves in Diana’s life is art, and the retired graphic designer is always championing new talent as a board member for the Helpmann Academy Foundation. Here’s her story.

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May 24, 2020
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“I loved and craved the interaction with the audience”

Alex Ward is a barrister who’s held leadership roles in the law nationally and internationally. But the 56-year-old is also a funny bloke who could have carved out a career in comedy, just like his mate Shaun Micallef. Here’s his story.

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May 8, 2020
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“I think I was born to be a mum”

Lucia Staykov is the proud mother of six children – including twins and triplets. The 46-year-old will spend this Mother’s Day with her big brood, starting off with breakfast in bed. The professional children's photographer says being organised is key to handling the busy juggle.

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