- Phillip Paddon and Lesley Balinski named WA Seniors of the Year
- The WA Seniors Awards recognise the important contribution of seniors to the community
Western Australia's most outstanding seniors have been honoured by Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray at this week's WA Seniors Awards.
Phillip Paddon picked up the Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award for the metropolitan area, while Lesley Balinski picked up the regional award.
Mr Paddon has volunteered for more than 15 years, encouraging older people to remain active as they age. He is vice president of the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, runs annual events for the Square Dancing Association of WA and stages country music concerts.
Mrs Balinski is actively involved in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Katanning. She tutors English, helps new arrivals settle in the town, and advocates for them as part of the Katanning Multicultural District Health Advisory Council.
Mrs Balinski also works closely with the town's young people, organising events, drama workshops and teaching ballroom dancing.
The WA Seniors Awards recognise the important contributions of seniors to the community. For the first time, both regional and metropolitan seniors have been honoured with a new 'Lifetime Achievement' award.
The 2017 WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Department of Communities. Seniors Week gets underway on October 29, with a huge range of activities available to young and old.
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"Phillip and Lesley are great examples to our community - young and old alike - and are shining examples of the fact that age is no barrier to staying active. They have shown great commitment to bettering the lives of their fellow seniors as well as the community in general.
"I congratulate Phillip and Lesley on receiving the Juniper Lifetime Achievement Awards for the metropolitan and regional areas. They stood out from many worthy nominees in both categories and should be proud of their achievements.
"Seniors Week is a great opportunity to recognise the contribution that older people make to our community, with the WA Seniors Awards the start to what will be a great week."
Minister's office - 6552 6400
WA Seniors Awards 2017
Winners and finalists
Phillip Paddon - Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award - Metropolitan
Phillip Paddon has been volunteering for more than 15 years encouraging and supporting older adults to remain active as they age - and have a lot of fun while doing so. He is currently the vice president of the Seniors Recreation Council of WA (SRCWA) and is highly involved in the annual Have a Go Day event for seniors. He runs annual events for the Square Dancing Association of WA and country music concerts for the SRCWA. Phillip works hard in the community to promote active and positive lifestyles for older people as well as being a wonderful example of healthy ageing through activity.
Maureen Felton - Metropolitan finalist
Maureen Felton has been a facilitator at Perth Town Hall's Holly Wood Tuesday Morning Show for more than 16 years. The show provides a weekly opportunity for seniors to enjoy camaraderie and entertainment. Maureen runs regular raffles and other initiatives to raise much needed funds for a number of community organisations including St Bartholomew's House, Wheelchairs for Kids, Red Cross and Alzheimer's Australia. Most recently she organised donations of clothes and toiletries for homeless women. Maureen is a woman who thinks of the whole community and loves giving and helping to make older people feel valued and respected.
Quentin Smythe - Metropolitan finalist
Quentin Smythe is the co-founder of Have a Go News for older Western Australians, and at 82 has spent the last 26 years working for the betterment of older people. He is also a committee member for the Seniors Recreation Council of WA and has spent considerable time helping organise projects which promote healthy ageing through activity and ensuring that seniors feel they have a landscape to age well in WA. One of the highlights of Quentin's tenure was establishing the Living Histories project in 2006 where people were encouraged to share their life stories of what life was like in the 1950s. More than 1,000 people contributed to the two volumes of Living Histories and people felt that a piece of their history was immortalised.
Lesley Balinski - Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award - Regional
Lesley Balinski has been providing services to the Katanning community for more than nine years, undertaking an enormous amount of volunteering in the region. She volunteers for the Katanning Harmony Festival, is the president of the Katanning Dramatic Society and is a member of the Katanning Action Network. She is actively involved in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Katanning. She tutors English, helps new arrivals settle in the town, and advocates for them as part of the Katanning Multicultural District Health Advisory Council.
Harold Proud - Regional finalist
Harold Proud has always been passionate about business development in Kulin - offering support and start-up assistance for new businesses to become established in Kulin. He built three shops in the town in the 1960s which encouraged farmers to invest in their own communities. At 96, he is involved in assisting in events for a number of community groups including the local schools and the theatre group. He served as a shire councillor three times, amassing a term of nearly 20 years.
Gwen Wells - Regional finalist
Gwen Wells is involved in a number of local organisations in Dardanup including the Senior Citizen's Association and the South West Rose Group. She has been a volunteer for the Red Cross for more than 25 years and regularly participates in community charity drives, organising regular events and outings for seniors in the town. Her commitment to ensuring an active and healthy lifestyle for the seniors in her town is highly valued as is her ability in bringing people together to celebrate all that life has to offer.