A tireless charity worker whose seven-day-a-week volunteer efforts have enriched lives across the globe has been named as the 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors.
Brother Olly Pickett, 74, has run the Wangara workshop 'Wheelchairs for Kids', since 1998, managing about 170 retirees who manufacture wheelchairs that are shipped to children in developing countries.
The WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing (COTA WA) in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC).
Brother Pickett, who also took the Intergenerational Award, was joined by other winners and finalists at the ceremony in Perth.
They include Donald Watson, named as Community Senior for his dedication to volunteering projects, including the establishment of Cockburn Seniors Centre, and Chris Etherton-Beer, who took the Seniors Advocate Award. Associate Professor Etherton-Beer was honoured for his leadership in the advancement of the teaching of geriatric medicine and advocacy for seniors' health.
For a full list of award winners on the COTA website
For 30 years, the WA Seniors Awards have celebrated outstanding older people in Western Australia, and the individuals and organisations that work with and for them. The awards also honour members of the media who promote positive images of ageing.
The awards ceremony took place ahead of Seniors Week 2015 a State-wide celebration of seniors that runs from 8 to 15 November.
Almost 80 events are taking place across the state thanks to State Government and Lotterywest grants of more than $80,000 to community organisations and local governments.