Seniors recognised

October 27, 2016

John Lindsay, John Schneeberger, Mary Thiele, Lyall Thiele, Betty Griffiths, Len Griffiths, Graham Moore and Norma Parker.

Dedicated volunteers represent Benalla Rural City at the 2016 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Five dedicated Benalla Rural City volunteers and their partners attended the 2016 Victorian Senior of the Year awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 4 at Government House.

Benalla Rural City’s volunteer representatives were John Lindsay, John Schneeberger, Mary Thiele, Len Griffiths, and Norma Parker.

The Senior of the Year awards recognise and celebrate the contribution volunteers aged 60 years and above make to their local communities and Victoria.

Awards were presented by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau and the Housing, Disability and Ageing Minister Martin Foley.

2016 award winners are:

■Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year — Gwen Smith of Rochester.

■Promotion of Multiculturalism Award — Vishnu Prasad of Skye.

■Veteran Community Award — Verna Phillips of Carrum Downs.

■Healthy and Active Living Award — Patsy Blair of Bentleigh.

■Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards — Tim Carlton of Warrnambool, Jennifer Evans of Blackburn, Anne Fairhall of Melbourne, Robert (Bob) Greaves of Mount Eliza, Marjorie Jarvis of Leongatha, Zhaoran (Joan) Li of Toorak, Anne Macarthur of Bairnsdale, Sorin Ronea of Caulfield, Leo Sargent of Canterbury and Tom Thorpe of Burwood.

This year, the inaugural Age-Friendly Victoria Award was presented to two organisations that demonstrated excellence and innovation in creating age-friendly communities, promoting active ageing and improving quality of life and inclusion for older people:

■Maroondah City Council for its Active Health and Ageing initiative.

■Peninsula Transport Assist for its project to prove better transport to older people in the Mornington Peninsula area.

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