Victorians are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to our community by seniors and organisations by nominating people for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Nominations are open today for the awards that highlight the role of seniors who inspire others as mentors, educators, role models, leaders or others who make a great contribution.

Categories include the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year, the Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, the Healthy and Active Living Award, the Veteran Community Award, the Council on the Ageing Victoria Senior Achiever Award and the Age-Friendly Victoria Award.

Last year’s awards honoured a long volunteer contribution in the Yarra Ranges and Cardinia communities, a Peek Whurrong Elder and a tireless advocate for the LGBTI community.

The University of the Third Age Network Victoria received the Age-Friendly Victoria award for its efforts to support older people at all levels of the organisation.

The 2019 award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House as part of the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival this October. Nominations are open until 5 July.

To nominate or find out more visit Seniors Online www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/awards

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan MP

“Senior Victorians make an enormous contribution to our state. Their feats deserve to be celebrated – and that’s exactly what these time-honoured awards are about.”

“Nominees could be a volunteer in your organisation, a friend, neighbour or family member, or just someone you see doing good work around your community.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“Last year a wonderful local, Robin Gale-Baker received the Healthy and Active Award, after her nomination by Sustainable Macleod. I encourage others to do the same and nominate a special senior they know.”