​Awards Highlight Community Contributors

Posted on November 17, 2018.

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Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris Hall paid tribute to all participants from metropolitan and regional areas from across the State.

“The remarkable efforts of many individuals and groups greatly adds to the diversity and vitality of society and, in particular, helps make sure our elders lead the best possible life, connected to family friends and the community,” he said.

Mr Hall congratulated Perth butcher Mr Vince Garreffa for being named the metropolitan Juniper 2018 WA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Mr Grant Westthorp for his contribution to men’s health and awareness in the Great Southern region.

Mr Garreffa was acknowledged for his tireless fundraising efforts, who over the years, has raised more than $3 million for Lifeline and many other charities.

Mr Westthorp, CEO of the Men’s Resource Centre in Albany, has advanced men’s wellbeing in producing a men’s ‘survival handbook’ and online app which has gained national and international exposure.

Juniper sincerely congratulated all awards finalists, including:

Karajarri elder and community care leader Faye Dean from Bibyadanga for her work to improve understanding, and breaking down stereotyping, of people living with dementia.

Retired RAAF serviceman Graham Bland for assisting veterans to better understand and access their full entitlements and for his many years of volunteering for the RAAF Association and museum.

Nilda Eisen has worked to improve the lives of people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, in particular for raising awareness of elder abuse and promoting breast screening services for CALD communities.

The tireless cancer awareness and fund raising efforts of Mary Elizabeth Williams enabled the establishment of a radiation facility in Albany.

“Juniper is proud to join the Council on the Ageing WA, Have a Go News and the State Government in celebrating the enormous contributions of the individuals and organisations honoured in this year’s WA Seniors Awards,” Mr Hall said.

“The awards are a wonderful way to recognise the outstanding achievements of older Western Australians and the many ways they serve others, helping to create richer and stronger communities across our State.

“All at Juniper believe in celebrating life and, as a proud sponsor of these awards, we warmly acknowledge the passion and dedication of all nominees and finalists.

“Your ongoing, selfless commitment to others is truly an inspiration to all of us.”