The 2017 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards will be presented to recipients on Tuesday 10 October at a ceremony at Government House.

The awards acknowledge older Victorians who volunteer to assist, support and encourage others in their communities. It also recognises community organisations or businesses that create age-friendly communities through inclusion and active aging.

The categories are:

  • Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year to an individual for an outstanding contribution to their local community and Victoria.
  • Promotion of Multiculturalism Award to an individual for a significant contribution to promoting the benefits of cultural diversity in the community.
  • Healthy and Active Living Award to an individual for helping to create active and healthy communities through community involvement and as a role model.
  • Veteran Community Award to an individual for an exceptional contribution to the veteran community. The recipient of the award does not need to be a veteran.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards to individuals for significant contributions to local communities in Victoria.
  • Age-Friendly Victoria Award recognises an organisation for creating age-friendly communities, promoting active ageing and improving quality of life and inclusion for older people.
Patsy Blair Healthy and Active Living Award winner

Paddling for life!

If the ladies over at Dragons Abreast Peninsula Dragonflys Club can do it, so can you!

Inspired by an episode of Australian Story featuring the Pink Ladies dragon boat racing club on the mighty Ord River in Western Australia, Patsy Blair formed a dragon boat racing club on Mornington Peninsula in 2006. Eleven years later the vibrant club boasts more than 60 breast cancer survivors and supporters and is a source of inspiration for all of its members, “to get well, feel healthy, and look good.” Patsy’s work was recognised last year with the 2016 Healthy and Active Living Award as part of the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Learn more about Patsy