Nominations are now open for the 2018 WA Seniors Awards  - a chance to shine the spotlight on our State’s unsung senior heroes.

The Awards cover four categories including the Senior of the Year Award (Metropolitan and Regional) as well as two new award categories introduced this year to recognise age-friendly local governments and age-friendly businesses.

The Senior of the Year Awards are awarded to individuals who’ve made an ongoing commitment to serve others – with lasting positive outcomes for their community. 

2017 Award winners included Phillip Paddon (Senior of the Year – Metropolitan) and Lesley Balinksi (Senior of the Year – Regional).

Mr Paddon was recognised for his 15 years of volunteer work, including his work as vice president of the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, as well as his efforts running annual events for the Square Dancing Association of WA and staging country music concerts.

Mrs Balinski was recognised for her active involvement in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Katanning including tutoring English and helping new arrivals settle in the town.

The WA Seniors Awards 2018 are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Department of Communities as part of WA Seniors Week which runs from Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 November.

As well as the WA Seniors Awards, The Department of Communities also supports funding for the Seniors Week Community Grants program so community groups and local governments can run Seniors Week community events throughout the state.

Nominations for the WA Seniors Awards can be made online via the Seniors Awards Nominations WA 2018 link.

The nomination deadline has been extended to 5pm Thursday 18 October.

The Award winners will be announced at a special event on Saturday 17 November.