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Where did that year go ?

I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves that same question. Its been a big year for COTA WA as we turned 60 years old and reflected on our humble beginnings in 1959 when we were established as the ‘Old Peoples Welfare Society’. We’ve come a long way and as we undergo a period of change, our focus remains on how we can enhance our value to the community and to you, our members.

The December edition of our newsletter celebrates the 2019 Seniors Awards. The awards ceremony was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel Perth on 16 November and it was inspiring to hear about this year’s recipients and their contribution to their community. We are delighted and honoured that the Governor of Western Australia (and COTA WA Patron) The Hon Kim Beazley hosted morning tea at Government House to recognise of the 2019 Seniors Awards recipients.

COTA WA recently collated the findings of a survey of older Western Australians and we thank all of you who took the time to complete the survey. Minister for Seniors Mick Murray was one of the respondents who provided feedback on a range of topics including health and wellbeing, financial and housing security, employment and aged care.

We are just about to enter a new decade – ‘the twenties’. The last time we were in the twenties it was the roaring 1920s. According to history the 1920s were an era of dramatic social and political change, when women won the right to vote and new technology like washing machines and vacuum cleaners eased the drudgery of housework. The 1920’s also saw the emerging popularity of radio, electric refrigerators and ready to wear clothes. Motor cars and movies were also on the most popular list. 100 years on and we are still in an era of dramatic social and political change, women are still fighting for equality, new technology continues to revolutionise our lives and we remain preoccupied with the latest fashion, cars and movies. It appears that not much has changed in 100 years…

On behalf of the Board and staff at COTA WA, I thank you for your support in 2019.

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season.

Christine Allen, CEO