If you know a senior, organisation or individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the community, consider nominating them for a WA Seniors Award.
The awards acknowledge older people from around Western Australia for their important contribution to WA communities and are presented by the Council on the Ageing WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities and supported by Lotterywest.
Last year Brother Olly Pickett was named Juniper WA Senior of the Year for his inspirational work as the driving force behind the Wheelchairs for Kids. The charity has now made and sent out more than 30,000 wheelchairs to children in 80 countries.
Nominations are open for the following six categories in 2016:
- Community Service award – for an individual who, through their ongoing commitment, has provided lasting benefits to the community
- Arts and Culture award – for an individual who has encouraged older people in the arts
- Group or Organisation award – for providing opportunities for older people to participate and be connected within the community
- Business Award – for providing opportunities for older people in employment or otherwise delivering outstanding services for seniors
- Age Friendly Community Award for a Local Council – which provides social, health and wellbeing benefits to seniors
- Deborah Kirwan media award – for an initiative which promoted positive ageing, celebrated seniors and helped change ageist attitudes
The 2016 Juniper WA Senior of the Year is chosen from among the winners of the Community Service Award and the Arts and Culture Award.
For the first time this year, nominators will go into a prize draw to receive a $500 gift voucher from Flight Centre Murray Street.
The WA Seniors Awards ceremony marks the start of WA Seniors Week, the State's biggest celebration of seniors featuring more than 100 events across metropolitan and regional WA.
Organisations are encouraged to apply for funding from the WA Seniors Week Community Grants Program to host events and activities during Seniors Week 2016.
For more information visit COTA WA's website or call (08) 9472 0104.