Victorian Senior of the Year Award nominations open

Melton resident Les Chitts receiving a Council on the Ageing (COTA) Award at the 2022 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. (Provided).

Nominations are now open for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards until Friday, July 28, 2023.

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are the state government’s way of acknowledging the efforts that senior Victorians make in giving their time, skills and energy to improve the community.

For over 25 years, these significant awards have highlighted the work seniors do every day in volunteering in neighbourhood houses, places of worship, and on community projects that benefit us all.

Victorians are this year being encouraged to nominate residents aged 60 and above and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians aged 50 years and above.

Nominate an older Victorian in your life who makes an important contribution to your community, such as through volunteering or supporting community groups.

Visit the awards webpage of Seniors Online to download a nomination form or complete an online nomination form.

Categories for the nominations include:

• Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for outstanding achievement

• Promotion of Multiculturalism Award for promoting the benefits of cultural diversity

• Healthy and Active Living Award for helping to create active and healthy communities

• Veteran Community Award for exceptional contribution to the veteran community – open to all who

work with the veteran community (not only veterans themselves)

• Ageing Well Award for combatting ageism and promoting ageing well initiatives

• Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards for significant contribution to local communities and Victoria.

Every nominee will receive a certificate acknowledging their contribution, and recipients of the 2023 awards will be honoured at a ceremony during the Victorian Seniors Festival this October.

Nominations close on Friday, July 28, 2023.