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June van de Klashorst
Community worker named 2000 Senior of the Year
4/11/2000 11:00 PM
A community worker who has dedicated more than 40 years to helping the Association for the Blind was named the 2000 Western Australian Senior of the Year by Premier Richard Court tonight.
Eighty-five year old, Ida Lloyd, of Dalkeith received her award at a gala presentation ceremony held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Mr Court said Mrs Lloyd’s dedication and commitment to helping others highlights the very important role seniors play in our community.
“Statistics show that nearly one quarter of Western Australia’s 262,000 volunteers are aged 55 or over.
“As they age, they volunteer more, with people 65 and over each giving an average of 256 hours a year of voluntary service.
“The Seniors Awards recognise and honour our seniors for the valuable contribution they continue to make to our community as teachers, mentors and carers.
“Mrs Lloyd’s lifelong voluntary community work, including 78 years with the Girl Guides Association and more than 40 years working for the visually impaired epitomises the tremendous resource and wealth of experience our seniors offer.”
Seniors Minister June van de Klashorst said Mrs Lloyd was chosen from the five Regional Seniors of the Year, announced in Bunbury last month.
“These five remarkable seniors have a total of almost 200 years of service to the community which has brought help and joy to thousands of people around the State.
Mrs Lloyd received a $2000 cheque and trophy in recognition of her achievements. She also won the Seniors Community Service Award and the Metropolitan Senior of the Year Award.
Individual category winners were:
Seniors Community Service Award
presented to a senior who has dedicated their time, energy and experience to benefit others in the community:
Ida Lloyd (85) Dalkeith
Ida Lloyd has developed an impressive resume of voluntary community work which spans most of her life. She has served on the National Council for Women for 38 years, including a period as President, and has been involved with the Girl Guides Association for a remarkable 78 years. Ida has been a member and fundraiser for the Association for the Blind for over 40 years and is the current Chair of the Angus Stewart Awards which promote the achievements of visually impaired youth.
Runner up - Harry Sorensen (71) Applecross
Seniors Sport and Recreation Award
awarded to seniors who inspire others to participate or achieve in sports or recreation - as an administrator, coach, mentor or role model.
Rona Panos (77), Mandurah
Rona Panos is a foundation member of the Mandurah Blind Bowling Club and has been captain of the club for the past 12 years. She is a sighted helper to blind and visually impaired bowlers, often accompanying competitors to state and national championships. Rona has coached sighted members of the club to also act as helpers and devotes many hours to organising recreational activities for members. Her dedication and determination comes from having experienced a period of blindness herself.
Runner up - Shirley de la Hunty (75) Applecross
Seniors Arts and Culture Award
seniors who enrich the community through creativity and inspiration in arts and culture (literature, education, music or fine arts).
Margaret Lawson (64), Kununurra
Margaret Lawson’s long association with the arts in Kununurra began in 1973 when she joined a local drama group called the “Isolette Theatre”. Since then she has acted, managed and staged all phases of their productions and also runs small tutorial groups for aspiring young actors and performers in Kununurra. Margaret is also an active member of the Kununurra Arts Council and has helped bring members of the Darwin Symphony to one of WA’s most isolated towns.
Runner up -
Rusty Walkley (68) Bicton
Lorna Anderson (74) Bunbury
Seniors Business Leadership Award
seniors (paid or unpaid) contributing to the business community.
Bette Davies (67), Carnarvon
Bette Davies has been a consistent contributor to Carnarvon for more than 20 years. She has been a Justice of the Peace since 1978, is one of the few people in the region selected to sit on the Children’s Court and was President of the Gascoyne branch of the Justice Association for six years. Bette’s recent leadership roles have included: Chairperson of Gascoyne Health Service Board; Chairperson of the Gascoyne Business Enterprise Centre and Liaison Officer for the Red Cross Disaster Committee.
The Seniors Awards also recognise individuals under the age of 60 and organisations who provide outstanding service to seniors and/or promoted positive ageing.
The winners were:
Award of Excellence
recognises outstanding service to seniors by individuals under the age of sixty.
Anna Harrison (47), Parkwood
Anna Harrison is a champion for the rights of seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She founded the first Polish Senior Citizens Club in Western Australia and had the foresight to develop the first Multicultural Community Care packages for the frail aged. Anna is also a representative on many committees shaping the direction of aged care policy at a state and national level.
Runner up- Zoe Broxton (30), Padbury
Seniors Exceptional Organisation Award -
presented to an organisation that provides outstanding services/benefits to seniors:
Beehive Industries of Western Australia
Beehive Industries gives retired seniors an opportunity to choose to continue to participate in positive work activities. Participants report a renewed sense of purpose and enjoy the benefits of social activities and interaction, knowing that their work is making a worthwhile contribution to society.
Runner up - The School Volunteer Program
Seniors Card Quality Business Award
recognises outstanding service by a business who participates in the Seniors Card discount program.
Whitford City Shopping Centre
Whitford City Shopping Centre has been a long-standing supporter of seniors and is one of the most pro-active members of the Seniors Card Discount Directory. The Centre regularly holds Seniors Card days featuring entertainment, information displays and prizes for seniors. In addition, Whitford City has helped make shopping affordable for seniors by encouraging their tenants to participate in the Seniors Card discount program.
The Awards, organised by the Office of Seniors Interests, are part of the State Government’s recognition program.
Award sponsors are GWN, BankWest, RAC, Western Hearing Services, Telstra, GIO Australia and Lighthouse Beach Resort. Support sponsors are Westrail, Skywest, The West Australian, Channel 7 and ABC Radio.
Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810