The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing today celebrated the marvellous contributions of older Victorians with the announcement of the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.
For more than 20 years, the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards have recognised the volunteer work and community contributions of older Victorians. This year’s awardees highlight the resilience, compassion and commitment of Victorians over 60 and First Nations people over 50.
Award recipients will be celebrated in-person with a ceremony at Government House in February 2022.
“Despite the challenges of 2021, senior Victorians continue to step up and give back to their community – and the awards give us the chance to say thanks for all that they do,” Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino said.
The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are presented annually as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. Awards are presented across six categories:
- Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year - Anne Tudor OAM from Black Hill (Ballarat)
- Promotion of Multiculturalism Award - John Thuy from Ashburton
- Healthy and Active Living Award - Uncle Locky Eccles from Warrnambool
- Veteran Community Award - Veronica Hassing from Burnside
- Ageing Well Award - Auntie Frances Gallagher from Brunswick
- COTA (Council on the Ageing) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards
- Leo op den Brouw from Mallacoota
- Trevor Eddy from Box Hill North
- Valerie Donlon from Nunawading
- Joan Newman from Waratah Bay
- Agnes Kean from Springvale
- Floreena Forbes from Ascot (Bendigo)
- Brenda Todd from East Brighton
- Thi Thinh (Tina) Nguyen from Avondale Heights
- John Fox from Timboon
- Ken Mansfield from Highton
- Gretta Vallance from Alexandra
- Thoa Tran from Sunshine North
- Des Galgut from Doncaster East
- Lois Thwaites from Yarra Glen
Congratulations to all awardees.
Find out more about all 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards recipients at Seniors online website.