This is one of the busiest times of the year for COTA (WA) and a time to reflect on the previous financial year as we prepared for our Annual General Meeting on 28 October. Although it was a tough year financially, we continued to deliver high quality work and you can read more about our 2018/19 activities in our annual report here.
For the first time in many years a ballot was held for election to the COTA Board, as we had more nominees than positions available. It’s pleasing to see this increasing level of interest as COTA (WA) rises to the challenge of transforming in to a contemporary and financially sustainable organisation.
Your COTA (WA) board for 2019/20 is President Ron Regan, Vice President Gerri Clay, Chair of Finance and Risk Management (FARM) Committee Mary Anne Stephens, Bettine Heathcote, Helen Moorhead, Helen Reid, Luke Garswood, Michelle Murdoch and Judy Hogben.
Summer has kicked in and many community events are taking place right across the state as we celebrate Seniors Week 10-17 November 2019. We have been sharing some of the photos of these wonderful events on our facebook page and I hope you had the opportunity to attend at least one of them. Many of these events were made possible through funding from the Department of Communities and Lotterywest via the Community Grants scheme. You can find us on Facebook here.
The COTA (WA) Team once again joined in the fun of Have A Go Day at Burswood Park. Despite the heat we welcomed a high number of visitors to our tent and we thank everyone who took the time to complete our survey, including WA Minister for Seniors Mick Murray. The information collected through the surveys is currently being collated and this will give us an instant snapshot of the issues that are most important to the community. COTA (WA) will issue a media release based on the key findings and of course, we always welcome your feedback on the issues that are important to you.
As we go to print the 2019 Seniors Awards have just been held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth on Saturday 16 November and we look forward to sharing the details of the finalists and winners with you in our next edition.
During the week I was interviewed by Channel 7 News for a very sad story about a gentleman whose death in his own home went unnoticed for many weeks. Loneliness and isolation can be silent killers. So while we live in a world where we can connect instantly with friends and relatives on the other side of the world, or follow every detail of our Facebook friend’s lives wherever they might be – it might be timely to pose the question …do you know your next door neighbours?
Enjoy this edition of COTA Connections.
Christine Allen, CEO