Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

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

    WA Seniors Awards finalists show value of seniors' contributions

    26/09/2007 11:00 AM

    Seniors Minister Sue Ellery today announced the finalists in this year’s WA Seniors Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on October 28.

    The award ceremony will kick start BankWest Seniors Week 2007 and will highlight the enormous value seniors bring to Western Australia through their dedicated community work.

    Ms Ellery said the calibre of nominations in the 2007 awards was extremely high.

    “All of our individual finalists are inspirational people who refuse to adhere to the tired, old stereotypes of ageing. Instead, they are putting their considerable talents, experience and knowledge to use for the good of the wider community,” she said.

    “Among their stories, we have seniors who are helping to make the community safer, preserving our heritage and history, caring for disadvantaged children and encouraging fellow seniors to be more physically active.

    “The WA Seniors Awards gives us an opportunity to give them the recognition they richly deserve.”

    The winner of the prestigious BankWest Senior of the Year Award will be selected from the winners of the four main categories:
    • Community Achievement - recognising a senior who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to their community by volunteering their time to help others.
    • Community Participation - outstanding service to the community, and/or participation in one of the areas of sport, recreation, culture or the arts.
    • Business Participation - recognising a senior in the workforce or a community organisation who demonstrates ongoing leadership, commitment and dedication.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Award - recognising an indigenous senior who demonstrates a commitment to excellence, leadership and achievement.
    Another award, the Active Ageing Leadership Award, recognises a group or organisation for its innovative planning or response to the ageing population.

    Many of the finalists have also been honoured by being named Senior of the Year in their own region. Ms Ellery will present all of the awards, including the BankWest Senior of the Year Award, at the ceremony at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Sunday, October 22.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150

    Finalists -

    Regional Seniors of the Year:
    Sheila Howard, Bunbury - South-West Senior of the Year
    Kathleen Kneebone, Derby - Kimberley Senior of the Year
    James Oliver, Bedford - Metropolitan Senior of the Year
    Jeffrey Jones, Kalgoorlie - Goldfields Senior of the Year
    Bruce Teede, Carnarvon - Gascoyne Senior of the Year
    Carole de Silva, Mandurah - Peel Senior of the Year
    Bill Read, Geraldton - Mid-West Senior of the Year
    Tony Stanton, Albany - Great Southern Senior of the Year
    Carlotta (Carla) Della Bosca - Wheatbelt Senior of the Year.
    Jocelyn Ross, Port Hedland – Pilbara Senior of the Year

    Active Ageing Leadership Award:
    Finalists –
    Active Ageing Network, Mount Helena
    Seniors Recreation Council, Mundaring

    The BankWest WA Senior of the Year, who will receive $2000 and a trophy, will be chosen from the winners of the following categories:

    Community Achievement Award:
    Finalists –
    Hans Heystraten, Forrestfield
    Peter Skilton, Port Kennedy

    Community Participation Award:
    Finalists –
    Sheila Howard, Bunbury
    Ray Ellis, Manjimup

    Business Participation Award:
    Finalists –
    Judy Brealey, Meadow Springs
    Lore Zusman, Mount Lawley

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Award:
    Marjorie Hunter, Wyndham