Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Perth woman crowned 2012 WA Senior of the Year

11/11/2012 12:00 AM
 
  • Kathleen Mazzella from Morley presented with top WA Seniors Award
  • Seniors Awards marks start of Bendigo Bank Seniors Week Festival
A 61-year-old Morley woman who has dedicated her life to raising awareness of women’s health issues, both in Australia and abroad, has been named the Crown Perth 2012 WA Senior of the Year.
 
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney presented Kathleen Mazzella OAM with the prestigious award at a ceremony this morning.
 
“Kathleen is a tireless advocate for International Gynae Awareness Day, which is about raising awareness of gynaecological health,” Mrs McSweeney said.
 
“After surviving cancer herself, Kathleen set about raising awareness around the globe in relation to women’s health issues, and continues to work to de-stigmatise the subject both nationally and internationally.  It is fitting her work is acknowledged in today’s awards.
 
“Each of our award category winners have dedicated their time and experience to helping others in their community and they are to be commended for their efforts and the contribution they make to Western Australia.”
 
The Minister also congratulated the Deborah Kirwan Media Award winners, Bruce Hunt, from Community Newspapers; Katherine Mountain, Albany Advertiser; and Steve Mills at 6PR for raising the profile of seniors through their reporting.
 
The 2012 WA Seniors Awards marked the start of this year’s Bendigo Bank Seniors Week Festival which takes place from November 11-18.
 
More than 100 events will be held State-wide during the festival.  For more information, visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/seniors 
 
“Seniors’ week is a wonderful celebration of some of our most valued members of the community and I encourage seniors across WA to take part in activities on offer in their area,” Mrs McSweeney said.
 
The awards are presented by the State Government’s Department for Communities in partnership with COTA WA and supported by Lotterywest.
 
      Fact File
  • Since introducing Cost of Living Rebate, Liberal-National Govt has paid more than $113m to WA seniors
  • WA’s Seniors Card programs most generous in Australia: $1,450 concessions/discounts
  • List attached of 2012 WA Seniors Awards winners
  • More on Seniors Week at: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au 
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