Positive Ageing Awards 2017

The Positive Ageing Awards recognise the work done for, and by, older people in the Canberra community.
The 2017 Awards were held on Friday 24 March 2017.

ActewAGL Senior Volunteer Award

Recognises outstanding voluntary or unpaid work by a senior serving the community.


Bob has been running courses on a very diverse range of topics for U3A for 12 years. During this time he has led an impressive total of 35 courses for U3A members and adds value to the community by making much of his course material available on-line to the public.


Intergenerational Award 

Recognises an outstanding person between the ages of 18-30 who works in either a voluntary or paid capacity with seniors and/or a person over the age of 60 who works in either a voluntary or paid capacity with young people.

WINNER (organisation): Mirinjani Hostel

Mirinjani Hostel worked with ACT Playgroups to set up an intergenerational playgroup to bring generations together in fun activities. Mirinjani has dedicated staff at each playgroup session who support residents and the playgroup to ensure everyone has a great time.  Some of the activities they have set up include:

  • Organising a bouncing castle for a Christmas fun day
  • Organising a petting zoo
  • Organising a bus to bring residents to PlayFEST


WINNER (individual): Hamish Balfour

Hamish is a longstanding contributor to the YMCA of Canberra Sailing Club and the ACT sailing community. He is renowned for his calm and generous nature and for sharing his passion for sailing, particularly youth sailing.

His key achievements include: Initiator and Key Organiser of the ACT Teams Racing Regatta, the Marist/Merici Sailing Program, being a recognised Club Mentor and Principal Sailing Instructor. Hamish also developed a risk management procedure for the club and assisted with the move to an electronic sailing score system. 


Capital Chemist Age Friendly Community Award

Recognises a community organisation which has demonstrated its innovation and services involving seniors and enhancing opportunities for seniors to lead full and satisfying lives


WINNER: St John Ambulance (ACT)


St John’s Project Resilience aims to increase community resilience through first aid knowledge and increased confidence to act in first aid situations by retires, seniors and the elderly. The program offers free first aid information sessions for community Elders on current best practice for CPR, use of defibrillators, heart attack, stroke, anaphylaxis, choking and burns.

Since the Project began in 2014, when it instructed about 450 retirees and seniors, it has now covered over 1500 participants. 


Seniors Advocate Award

Recognises outstanding commitment by a person who, in their professional capacity advocates for seniors. This can encompass a broad spectrum of professions in health, not for profit organisations, education, art, music or sport


WINNER (organisation): ADACAS

The Aged Care Team, comprising Gwen Davies and Carl Shcaffaracyk, provide independent advocacy and a voice for vulnerable older residents of the ACT. They apply dedication, passion and commitment in their support of older people – because they want to help. A particular focus of their work is to provide advocacy for older people suffering from elder abuse and they strive to make a difference for their clients. Often these cases cannot be resolved quickly and both commit to providing support over prolonged periods.


WINNER (individual): Diane Percy

Diane has worked to improve the physical activity levels and general health of seniors in the ACT for the past 10 years and has been a keen advocate for improved support for seniors to become more active. She has been involved with the Heart Foundation as Heartmoves and Walking Co-ordinator since 2009 achieving the presentation of classes numbering in the 1,000’s.

Diane is a very supportive, encouraging and nurturing coach, trainer, educator and mentor generating positive outcomes for all she has assisted. In 2012 Diane took on the role of Stay on Your Feet Falls Prevention officer and her work in this area has significantly advanced the progress of falls prevention work in the ACT and added vital data to research in this area.


Transport Canberra Transport Services Award

Recognises a transport employee who has provided outstanding service to older people in a voluntary or paid capacity


WINNER: Woden Community Services Transport Team

The provision of transport services by this team is characterised by a ‘can do ‘approach with paid and volunteer drivers often supported by office staff. They don’t provide simple transport as they recognise the needs of individual clients for social contact and keeping an eye on their general wellbeing.

The Transport Team actively contributes to the development of an outings and events calendar and are encouraged to come up with ideas for new activities and events such as a new walking group by the lake. Featured events include an early start for the Balloon Festival or late night visits to Enlighten. These new and exciting trips provide then opportunity for senior residents to get to events normally outside the timeframes for traditional community outings.

The Positive Ageing Awards are brought to you by

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in conjunction with our Awards partners:

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  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory
  • The Seniors Information Service
  • Housing Options Advisory Service
  • Information on services for older people and their carers
  • Community education, information sessions and events
  • Community centre hire


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