Hon Paul Miles MLA

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    Jenny's a champion for seniors

    6/11/2016 12:30 PM
    • Jenny Davis receives top honour at WA Seniors Awards
    • Awards marks the start of Seniors Week from November 6 to 13, 2016

    A 67-year-old actress and director has been announced as the 2016 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards ceremony this morning.


    Mrs Jenny Davis received the commendation in recognition of her ongoing work with Agelink Theatre, which she established in 1993. The organisation provides intergenerational and interactive theatre productions based on the oral histories and recollections of seniors.


    Speaking at the ceremony, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the Liberal National Government was pleased to support the awards which recognised and celebrated older West Australians.


    "Jenny's innovative work combining the arts and supporting seniors, which spans more than two decades, has been tireless and this award is a fitting thank you to her," Mr Miles said.


    "The Agelink Theatre provides seniors with a wonderful way of sharing their lives, stories and memories.


    "The organisation ensures that seniors, as valued members of WA's communities, aren't overlooked or forgotten and enables them to contribute in a meaningful way."


    The other category winners are:

    • Community Award - Mariette Cowley
    • Arts and Culture Award - Jenny Davis
    • Business Award - Garden City AMP (Capital Shopping Centres), Booragoon
    • Group or Organisation Award - Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren
    • Local Government Award - City of Wanneroo
    • Deborah Kirwan Media Award - Claire Tyrell and Nic Ellis (The West Australian).

    "All 15 finalists nominated in these important awards are winners. They have made and continue to make a tremendous contribution to WA's communities and I commend them," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • The WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities
    • For more information, visit http://www.cotawa.org.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6600



    Community Award

    Mariette Cowley, 65

    Mariette is an Aboriginal elder who was born in Broome and raised in Derby with a 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.  She is now living in Perth although she still has strong ties to the North-West of WA.


    Arts and Culture Award

    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.


    Business Award

    Garden City AMP (Capital Shopping Centres)

    Garden City partnered with the City of Melville to achieve their vision of an age-friendly city.  Garden City started mall walking in 2002 and is now the most popular and longest running mall walking group in WA.  It has established a courtesy lounge for older people and those with disability, and offers easily accessible drop-off bays.


    Group or Organisation Award

    Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren (Greenwood)

    Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren is a not-for-profit organisation which provides mentoring, care and support to its members and their families through multiple activities such as monthly meetings and support groups, craft mornings at Bunnings, monthly 'pamper' days, retreats, periodic residential respite weekends, day camps for children and an annual Christmas party.  Members receive mutual support and encouragement aimed at reducing the isolation felt by seniors.


    Local Government Award

    City of Wanneroo

    The City of Wanneroo receives funding through the Australian and State governments Home and Community Care Program to deliver a range of services and provide opportunities for seniors to continue to engage with the community. The city also consults older people through a range of forums to ensure seniors' comments and feedback are incorporated into services and activities.


    Deborah Kirwan Media Award

    Claire Tyrell (journalist) and Nic Ellis (photographer), 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.


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