Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Nominate an unsung hero for a WA Seniors Award

    6/06/2007 2:03 PM
     
    6/06/07

    Unsung heroes are being sought throughout Western Australia for recognition in the 2007 WA Seniors Awards.

    Seniors Minister Sue Ellery called on all Western Australians to nominate older people in their community who have shown dedication and commitment through voluntary work, leadership and innovation.

    Entries are being sought from across the State for the awards, with nominated seniors in contention for a $2,000 cash prize by being named ‘BankWest Senior of the Year’.

    A new feature this year, will see a $1,000 cash prize available for not-for-profit organisations if they nominate a senior who goes on to win any of the four main categories of Community Participation, Community Achievement, Business Participation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership.

    Ms Ellery called on the wider Western Australian community to show their appreciation for the contribution of seniors by nominating someone for a WA Seniors Award as soon as possible.

    “Whether it be through dedicated voluntary work, innovation or leadership, the older generations are full of selfless, unsung heroes who continue to perform an outstanding service to their community well into their senior years,” she said.

    “I urge all Western Australians to think about an unsung hero in their community and to take the time to nominate them as a way of saying thank you.”

    All nominations close on Friday July 27, 2007 and the awards will acknowledge the excellence, leadership and achievements of WA’s indigenous people through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Award, which is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years of age or older on June 1, 2007.

    Other categories open to all seniors 60 years of age or older are community achievement, community participation (in the fields of art, culture, sport and recreation) and business participation.

    The Active Ageing Leadership Award will recognise a group or organisation that has developed and delivered policies, programs, services and activities that allow seniors to lead full, rich and satisfying lifestyles.

    There will also be 10 Regional Seniors of the Year, who will each win $500 and a trophy. The regions are: Gascoyne, Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Metropolitan, Mid-West, Peel, Pilbara, South-West and the Wheatbelt.

    The 2007 WA Seniors Awards are an initiative of the Office for Seniors Interests and Volunteering and nomination forms are available by 6217 8511 (metro callers), 1800 617 233 (country callers) or visiting the website http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 9213 7150