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WA Seniors Awards

Last updated: 14/11/2016 7:30 PM
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WA Seniors Awards

This year's finalists in the annual WA Seniors Awards have been announced.

They include an Aboriginal elder who works to improve health, social and justice conditions for Aboriginal people, and a specialist art teacher, who on retirement joined a special project to assist children in South Africa who have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

The WA Seniors Awards recognise the important contribution of seniors to the community, as well as those who work to improve the lives of older West Australians. Journalism that positively promotes seniors is acknowledged in the Deborah Kirwan Media Award category.

The winners of five categories (Group or Organisation Award, Age Friendly Community Award for a Local Government, Business Award, Arts and Culture Award, Community Award and the Deborah Kirwan Media Award) will be announced at the WA Seniors Awards ceremony at Crown Perth on 6 November 2016.

The WA Seniors Awards are presented by Council on the Ageing WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities. The sponsors are Juniper, Lotterywest, Have a Go News, 6PR, the Flight Centre and Crown Perth.


2016 WA Seniors Awards Finalists

Community Service Award

John MacMillan, 80
John is a senior vice-president of the board of Connect Victoria Park and is a strong supporter of its activities, including the provision of social housing to local seniors.  He was instrumental in securing land and resources to build 70 housing units in Victoria Park and has been involved in the community for more than 50 years.
Mariette Cowley, 65
Mariette is an Aboriginal elder who was born in Broome and raised in Derby with strong cultural connection with Bardi, Worrora and Ngarinyin country. She has spent her lifetime working to improve health, social and justice conditions for Aboriginal people.

Pamelia Barrett, 76
Pamelia has been volunteering for most of her life, as well as being a single mum to three children and providing support to eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was heavily involved with the establishment of Joongari House, a family and financial service centre.

Arts and Culture Award

Lynne Tognolini, 76
Lynne is a specialist arts teacher who joined the Uthando Project when she retired, helping to make dolls for children in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa who have been affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. She has been involved with the project from the outset and provides community education about the project in schools and groups.

Roberta Chapman, 78
Roberta has worked as a teacher, school principal and a registered nurse and has directed school choirs and classroom musicals.  She jointly founded the Catholic Performing Arts festival in 1989, which attracts more than 25,000 students to perform annually.

Jenny Davis, 67
Jenny is a well-known actress and director in Perth and was artistic director of the WA Youth Theatre for 10 years. In 1993, Jenny founded Agelink Theatre, a reminiscence theatre company which creates shows based on oral histories and Western Australian history. The productions involve seniors recounting their stories and sharing memories, cups of tea and laughter in reminiscence workshops.

Group or Organisation Award

Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren (Greenwood)
A not-for-profit group which provides mentoring, care and support to it members and their families through multiple activities.  Members receive mutual support and encouragement, which reduces the isolation felt by these seniors who have put 'retirement' on the back burner.

Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Service (Mandurah)
A not-for-profit that provides services to more than 500 clients originating from 52 different countries in Perth and Mandurah.  Umbrella offers 20 innovative programs, including a Community Visitors Scheme for people experiencing social isolation and loneliness.

Agelink Theatre (Perth)
Established in 1993, Agelink Theatre provides high quality, original and professional intergenerational and interactive theatre productions that are based on the oral histories and recollections of seniors.  It is based in Perth and the productions travel into the community and have been performed in metropolitan and regional areas.

Local Government Award

City of Wanneroo
The City of Wanneroo receives funding through the Home and Community Care to deliver a range of services within the community. The council also provides a range of opportunities for seniors to continue to engage within the community.

Shire of Collie
The Shire of Collie has a plan which prioritises access and inclusion strategies for seniors, including a purpose-built art gallery and a bushland block. The shire holds social activities for seniors, including lunches during Seniors Week.


Business Award

Garden City AMP - Capital Shopping Centres (Booragoon)
Garden City has partnered with the City of Melville to achieve their vision of an age friendly city.  Garden City is the only retail centre in WA to implement strategies to achieve this vision and provide outstanding service to seniors.  Garden City employs older staff, supports a community information centre which is staffed by senior volunteers, and incorporated feedback from staff, customers and external stakeholders to improve its service to seniors.

Deborah Kirwan Media Award

Steve Butler, The West Australian
For three stories on iconic West Australians - Herb Elliott, Jon Sanders and Jimmy Chadwick.

Laura Pond and Andrew Ritchie, Community Newspaper Group
For a story on the relationship between Alex Poor, aged 74, who shared the stage at the Quarry Amphitheatre with his 14-year-old granddaughter in a production of Don Quixote.

Claire Tyrell and Nic Ellis, The West Australian
For a story on 91-year-old Shirley Mort who rattled a tin for 26 years for the Salvation Army and single-handedly raised $1.7 million.