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On Sunday 17 November COTA WA was delighted to present the WA Seniors Awards 2018 in partnership with the Department of Communities as well as Hon. Michael (Mick) Philip Murray. We congratulate all finalists and winners.

2018 Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award Metropolitan

Finalists – Graeme Bland, Nilda Eisen and Vincenzo Garreffa

Awarded to Vincenzo Garreffa for devoting more than half his life to raising money and offering his services for charity events to raise important funds for Lifeline. For 21 years Vince has held an annual brunch in his backyard for Lifeline and over the years has raised more than $3 million dollars for this important charity. There is nothing better than food, hospitality and generosity and this has been Vincenzo’s catch cry to continue to encourage the community to donate vital funds for Lifeline and other local charities.

2018 Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award Regional

Finalists: Faye Dean, Grant Westthorp and Mary Elizabeth Williams

Awarded to  Grant Westthorp for his significant contributions to the health and well-being of men in the Great Southern region.  He saw the need to create a men’s survival handbook, the first was released in 2013 and more than 18,000 copies have been distributed with five updates and reprints. Through the McCusker Citizenship Internship Program, he was able to develop the book into an app.  There will be more about the app later in this edition.

2018 Age Friendly Local Government Award

Finalists: City of Fremantle and City of Joondalup

Awarded to the City of Fremantle for their committment to assisting people in their locality to age positively and actively. They run a broad range of programs including recreational, wellbeing and learning opportunities. They are also committed to ensuring that older people have the same opportunities and access to the City’s facilities as younger ones and to ensuring that housing is diverse and affordable and designed to meet the needs of older people now and in the future.

2018 Age Friendly Business Award

Finalists; Kings Tours and Travel, Mandurah Taxis Pty Ltd and Coffea Fine Espresso Café

Awarded to Coffea Fine Espresso Café (located in Garden City  Age Friendly Shopping Centre, Booragoon). As one of the first businesses to join the Melville Age Friendly Accessible Business network established in 2016, owner Euro Lumb partnered with Alzheimer’s WA to begin a monthly memory café where people with dementia and their carers could come to a welcoming and safe space. More than 1000 people have since attended the memory café. People who live with dementia, and their families also visit the café more regularly as they feel safe, respected and well served by the trained staff .