More than 80 seniors from 60 clubs and groups across the northern corridor took part in a series of events organised by the cities of Joondalup, Stirling and Wanneroo as part of Seniors Week (Sunday 8 to Monday 16 November) celebrations.

The Seniors Leadership program, supported by the Department of Communities Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Grants Program, included a number of inspiring and engaging speeches.

Tim Muirhead, founder of Community Spirit Development, spoke about how strong communities could be the foundation of wellbeing by helping build connection and belonging.

Peter Kenyon spoke about drawing on the skills and passions of a group or club and the principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), while Gareth Durrant took the group through some simple activities which help unlock ideas, creativity and problem solving.

There was also plenty of entertainment on offer including performances from actress Jenny Davis and the Circle of Friends women’s community choir, bowling, trishaw rides and origami.

One of the highlights was Wanjoo Seniors Club President Margaret Cohen’s impromptu performance with Johnny Cash impersonator Monty Cotton.

The program helped raise awareness about Age-Friendly Communities, a framework that underpins the three local governments’ Age-Friendly Plans.

Other focus areas included Act-Belong-Commit, mental health, diversity and inclusion, dementia friendly communities, volunteering, digital education programs and how seniors can better engage with Local Government. 

Peter Kenyon (centre, rear) with some workshop participants at Bramston Park Community Sporting Facility.