Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    State’s most remarkable older people recognised at 2019 WA Seniors Awards

    16/11/2019 12:00 PM
     
    • Angela McCluskey and Rae Endersby take out top prizes at annual awards
    • City of Bayswater and Hawaiian's Melville win local government and business age-friendly awards
    • Awards hosted as part of WA Seniors Week celebrations (November 10-17, 2019) 

    Carers advocate Angela McCluskey and long-term volunteer Rae Endersby have been awarded the top honours at the 2019 Western Australian Seniors Awards for their dedicated community service.

     

    Ms McCluskey was awarded Metropolitan WA Senior of the Year in honour of her work in establishing the popular Forget-me-not café community group that provides a connected and nurturing environment for people living with dementia and their carers.

     

    Ms Endersby took out the Regional WA Senior of the Year award for her 30-plus years of service to the Friends of the Murray Districts Hospital Group, of which she has been president for the last 20 years

     

    Ms Endersby operates a voluntary patient trolley service at the hospital, delivering basic essentials to people experiencing financial hardship or other difficult circumstances.

     

    The City of Bayswater earned the WA Age Friendly Local Government award, highlighting a range of successful initiatives that followed the launch of the City's inaugural Age Friendly Strategy in 2017.

     

    With one in every six residents aged 65 years or above, the City of Bayswater's strategy was designed in consultation with older members of the community, leading to positive outcomes across social, welfare and health indicators.

     

    Hawaiian's Melville received the WA Age Friendly Business Award for its innovative service for seniors, where it hosts regular morning teas with guest speakers - through its involvement in the Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Businesses network.

     

    The 2019 WA Seniors Awards were presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the McGowan Government. The annual awards are celebrated as part of WA Seniors Week, which runs from November 10-17.

     

    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:

     

    "Well done to Angela and Rae and all of the individual finalists. While we know nobody does this sort of work for the recognition, I hope you take a moment to reflect on your years of dedicated service to these worthy causes.

     

    "Angela and Rae are wonderful examples of the positive contributions older people make to our communities. Both have dedicated a great deal of their own time in service of others and they are worthy winners.

     

    "The City of Bayswater and Hawaiian's Melville are both to be commended for their achievements in proactively creating opportunities for older members of the community to feel included, safe and valued.

     

    "The age-friendly movement is something the State Government is passionate about supporting, and this year's winners provide a wonderful example to their peers about what can be achieved with age-friendly thinking.

     

    "The Awards also provide a wider opportunity for the community to reflect on the many and varied contributions older people make to Western Australian life - and remind to us all that age does not have to be a barrier."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6400

     

    WA Seniors Award 2019 Metropolitan Winner

     

    Angela McCluskey

    In 2015, Angela's husband Michael was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Unable to leave Michael alone on their property, Angela gave up her position as a librarian and became his full-time carer. With the help of a local tea rooms business, Angela began the first Forget-me-not memory café. She formed strong friendships with three other women whose husbands were also living with dementia and helped them start up their own Forget-me-not cafés, which now includes a network of seven cafés across the State as part of community group, supporting people with dementia and their carers.

     

    Finalists

     

    Colin Wilson

    As a long-term volunteer, Colin developed rapport with a terminally ill man who had no close familial relations to assist him. Colin contributed approximately 30 hours a week to bring the man clothes and toiletries at the various hospitals (he was moved seven times) he was receiving care at, while also temporarily adopting the man's pet dog. Colin's friend passed away in June and Colin took it upon himself to arrange the funeral in keeping with the man's wishes.    

     

    Patricia Halvorsen

    Patricia is an active member of the Attitudinal Healing WA volunteer organisation which advocates for the awareness and inclusion of people living with dementia. She has facilitated Younger Onset Dementia Carer Workshops and played a lead role in connecting service providers to assist the effective delivery of dementia services and to enhance the scope of dementia awareness and efficacy.

     

    WA Seniors Award 2019 Regional Winner

     

    Rae Endersby

    At 78 years of age, Rae is a long serving volunteer to the Murray Districts region and has been particularly active in support of initiatives that help seniors and the elderly. Rae has been an active volunteer with the Friends of the Murray Districts Hospital group for 30 years and has served as the group's president for the past two decades. She is also president of the Murray Health Group which assists those in the community who have weight or diet problems. It aims to help people regain health, wellbeing and fitness.

     

    Finalists

     

    Bruce Langoulant AM

    For nearly 30 years, Bruce Langoulant has worked tirelessly towards the eradication of Meningitis in Australia and across the world; and in doing so has made a significant contribution to health, community wellbeing and disability advocacy outcomes. He has served as Chair for the Disability Services Commission for 16 years and is carer for his 30-year-old daughter who contracted Meningitis when she was six months old.   

     

    Jacqui Thorpe

    Jacqui has been influential in driving activities for the Independent Living Units at Bethanie Fields for 12 years. She helped establish the gardens at Bethanie Fields which enable residents living in the village to maintain their interest and love of gardening even if their ability to maintain their own garden has changed. She is the main organiser of events and functions within the village and she also volunteers in the aged care facility by attending bus trips for shopping excursions or other day outings that add meaning and value to residents' lives. Jacqui is a staunch advocate for creating an environment in which older people can contribute and enjoy their lives, regardless of age or ability.

     

    WA Age Friendly Local Government Award 2019 Winner

     

    City of Bayswater

    With one in six people in the City of Bayswater aged 65 years and over, the City launched its inaugural Age Friendly Strategy in 2017 in consultation with its older members. The strategy has delivered a wide range of benefits and outcomes for residents, across areas such as: the Active Community Centre, a Service Directory for Older Adults in both hard copy and electronic formats, an Engage Bayswater panel for better feedback, a Fit For Life Program, The Age Friendly Ambassador Program, more events for Have a Go Day and National Volunteer Week, the Noranda Nook with age friendly seating and the My Aged Care system to assist and connect community members to the right information.

     

    Finalists

     

    Shire of Manjimup

    Manjimup Home and Community Care is a not-for-profit organisation that operates through the support of the Shire of Manjimup. It provides a range of services to some 400 individuals residing in the Shires of Manjimup and Bridgetown and enables older people to live longer in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes with enhanced quality of life. MHCC operates out of the Wellness and Respite Community Centre, which offers support to people with dementia and provides respite and relief for carers.

     

    City of Greater Geraldton

    Through the City's QEII Seniors and Community Centre, over 3,500 residents a month visit the facility to engage in one or more of the 39 programs available each week. The QEII centre encourages inclusion and activity for seniors, with programs such as Walking Football, Zumba, and Pilates all proving popular. The City, in consultation with the centre's members, has also developed the Senior User-Friendly Business Program (SUB) which provides free training to local businesses on how to provide excellent customer service for the benefit of seniors.

     

    WA Age Friendly Business Award 2019 Winner

     

    Hawaiian's Melville

    Hawaiian's staff approached the City of Melville in 2019 to support the Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Business (MAFAB) network. After conducting a survey to assess the requirements of older shoppers, Hawaiian's Melville initiated a bi-monthly morning tea with guest speakers, which now attracts over 40 attendees at each session. The shopping centre also offers a weekly 'quiet hour' across the whole facility to support older shoppers and people who live with conditions that impact their senses, such as dementia.

     

    Finalists

     

    Community Vision Dementia Bus

    In 2019, Community Vision launched its Dementia Bus service, which provides respite and information to carers, support and access to new technology for people living with dementia and education about dementia to school groups. The Dementia Bus links in with Community Vision's existing awareness campaign - 'A Roast to Remember'.

     

    Home Chef

    Home Chef supports healthy ageing by providing nutritious home style quality meals that are home delivered and affordable. They provide customers aged over 65 with main meal choices that are appropriate for seniors' needs, with an emphasis on respecting older people's desire to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. There are no lock-in contracts, enabling flexibility, while customers are also allocated a dedicated driver and customer care team member to support relationship and rapport development.