A GRANDPARENTS group, the City of Wanneroo and the Weekender staff are among 15 finalists for the 2016 WA Seniors Awards.
Greenwood’s Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren group is one of the finalists for the group or organisation category.
The not-for-profit group provides mentoring, care and support to it members and their families.
Members receive mutual support and encouragement, which reduces the isolation felt by these seniors who have put ‘retirement’ on the back burner to care for grandchildren.
The City is a finalist in the local government category for its Home and Community Care (HACC) program, which to delivers a range of services within the community.
The City also provides opportunities for seniors to continue to engage within the community.
Community Newspaper Group reporter Laura Pond and photographer Andrew Ritchie are joint finalists for the Deborah Kirwan Media Award.
Their entry is a story on the relationship between Alex Poor (74), who shared the stage at the Quarry Amphitheatre with his 14-year-old granddaughter in Don Quixote.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles named the 15 finalists for six categories on October 1, the International Day of Older Persons.
Winners will be announced on November 6, during Seniors Week.
2016 WA Seniors Awards finalists
Community Service Award
John McMillan (80, Victoria Park)
Mariette Cowley (65, Beckenham)
Pamelia Barrett (76, Wyndham)
Arts and Culture Award
Lynne Tognolini (76, Gooseberry Hill)
Roberta Chapman (78, East Victoria Park)
Jenny Davis (67, Mt Hawthorn)
Group or Organisation Award
Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren (Greenwood)
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Service (Mandurah)
Agelink Theatre (Perth)
Local Government Award
City of Wanneroo
Shire of Collie
Garden City AMP – Capital Shopping Centres (Booragoon)