Network Victoria President Susan Webster has announced the award to the U3A Movement of the Age-Friendly award:
I am delighted to share with you the news that the U3A Movement in Victoria has won the Age-Friendly Victoria award, for an organisation in our State that promotes active ageing. This year’s Victorian Senior of the Year Awards were presented on 9 October at a Government House ceremony hosted by the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria. We at Network were thrilled that our movement has been recognised during the Seniors Festival this month as playing such an important role in the lives of seniors.
The rules of this award require that an organisation nominates itself, so U3A Network Victoria took on this role. The nomination of our movement was supported by endorsements from our Memorandum of Understanding partner La Trobe University, by the Age-Friendly City of Banyule, and by the City of Whittlesea.
The award itself will be on display at the Network Office and also will be at the November Council meeting. I am so pleased that all our work for inclusion of seniors in the community and for well being and happiness of seniors has been noted this way. This award is not confined to seniors organisations; any group or business that promotes active ageing in its programs can nominate itself, which creates a much wider field of competition.
Another winner receiving her award at the Government House ceremony was Marnie Sloane from U3A Seymour & District , who won a COTA ‘Healthy and Active Living’ Senior Achiever Award. Marnie was nominated by her U3A for her contributions not just to her U3A but throughout her local community.
I know that many other U3A members were nominated, and that some other U3As nominated for the Age-Friendly Victoria award. I look forward in future years to learning of other recognitions awarded to our members.
Click here to see the citation for the award which appeared on the Seniors Online website.
The link to see all of the Award winners on the Seniors Online site is here.