4 April 2019

Eastern Victoria locals are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to our community by seniors and organisations by nominating people for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced nominations are open for the awards that highlight the role of seniors who inspire others as mentors, educators, role models, leaders or others who make a great contribution.

Categories include the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, the Healthy and Active Living Award, the Veteran Community Award, the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Award and the Age-Friendly Victoria Award.

Last year’s awards honoured a long volunteer contribution in the Yarra Ranges and Cardinia communities, a Peek Whurrong Elder and a tireless advocate for the LBGTI community.

The University of the Third Age Network Victoria received the Age-Friendly Victoria award for its efforts to support older people at all levels of the organisation.

The 2019 award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House as part of the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival this October.

Nominations are open until 5 July.

To nominate or find out more visit Seniors Online www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/awards

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

 “Senior Victorians make such a valuable contribution to our community, so it’s important they are celebrated.”

“The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are a great way to recognise seniors and organisations who contribute to our community for their whole lives.”

“Nominees could be a volunteer in your organisation, a friend, neighbour or family member, or just someone you see doing good work around your community.”