HUNT IS ON FOR OUTSTANDING SENIORS

Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa Neville is urging Victorians to nominate outstanding seniors in their community for the 2010 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Launching the statewide search today, Ms Neville invited community members, organisations and local councils to nominate seniors who have made a difference in their community.

“Senior Victorians give so much to our State and the Victorian Senior of the Year awards provide us with an opportunity to recognise these efforts,” Ms Neville said.

“If you know someone whose extraordinary commitment, energy and passion is truly inspirational – whether it be as a teacher or mentor, volunteer firefighter, community advocate or environmental champion – then I urge you to nominate them for an award.

“It is a great way to thank them for what they have done and to celebrate their achievements.”

To be eligible for an award, nominees must be over 60 years of age, an Australian citizen, a resident of Victoria and have made an exceptional contribution to their community.

Awards will be presented in four categories; the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards, Go For Your Life Award and Veteran Community Award.

Ms Neville said the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year and the COTA Victoria Senior Achiever Awards would be presented to seniors who had made an outstanding contribution to their local community.
“Last year’s Victorian Senior of the Year – Elizabeth Walpole – was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the Whorouly, Wangaratta and Myrtleford communities in palliative care, community health and environmental advocacy and in helping rural women combat social isolation through technology,” she said.
“Seniors who are helping create active and healthy communities can be nominated for the Go for your life Award while the Veteran Community Award is presented to a senior who has made an exceptional contribution to the veteran community.”
To make a nomination complete the form available at http://www.seniors.vic.gov.au/ or from Seniors Information Victoria 1300 135 090.

Forms are also available from council offices, neighbourhood houses, community centres or call State Trustees Offices  9667 6122 or visit http://www.statetrustees.com.au/.

For more information or for help with submitting a nomination contact the Office of Senior Victorians on 9208 3170.

Nominations close Friday 23 July 2010.

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