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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2009
Ballarat Senior of the Year
Council is thrilled by the number of nominations received for the inaugural
Ballarat Senior of the Year Award. An evaluation panel has the challenging
task of assessing the 11 nominations. The winner will be announced at an
afternoon tea with Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin on Tuesday 22 September.
Below is a list of the nominees and a brief summary about their contribution
to the Ballarat community.
Grace manages the Ballarat Base Hospital Kiosk on
a voluntary basis. The Kiosk raises money for the
hospital. She has also been a member of the Uniting
Church for more than 30 years and was on the
committee for the 5th Ballarat Scouts/Cubs
between 1967 and 1981.
June has been an active member of the Buninyong
Country Women's Association for 29 years. During
this time she's held roles as President and Treasurer.
She has also been Secretary for the Group Ballarat
Art and Craft Festival several times.
Janet Le Marshel
Janet has been a member of the Brown Hill Senior
Citizens for almost 40 years. She has served as its
Secretary and contributes to fundraising efforts by
making handiwork and cooking. She is also involved
in the Country Women's Association.
Les has been President of the Ballarat South Seniors
for 12 years. He is always organising activities
including bowling, cards, dancing, day trips and
dinners. Les regularly coordinates transport for
Satyawati spends time working with children, young
people and the elderly through a variety of different
programs. She actively promotes multiculturalism and
provides support for the city's international students.
Vida is a founding member of the Wendouree Senior
Citizens Club. She has worked with a variety of other
organisations including the Dana Street Primary School
Mothers' Club, Sebastopol Technical School Mothers'
Club, Ballarat High School Ladies Committee, Anti -
Cancer Council, Combined Pensioners Association.
Graham spends many hours repairing broken toys
and furniture in his shed. These items are then
donated to the Salvation Army. These toys and
furniture would not be fit for sale without his
Four nights per week Cath voluntarily runs a dance
classes through a club called "Go Dancing". She also
runs a monthly dance and other larger events
throughout the year. Funds raised by Go Dancing are
then donated to other not-for-profit organisations.
Roman and Teresa Skrypico
Roman and Teresa are described as the lifeblood of
the Polish Seniors Club in Ballarat. They ensure many
aged Polish migrants don't feel isolated and
powerless, by organising monthly social activities
and have applied for grants to help the Club and
Brenda is the Treasurer at the North Ballarat Senior
Citizens Club. She also spends time at the schools
her two grandchildren attend. She is also a foster
mum for a teenager.
Georgina was a founding member of the Ballarat
Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC). She is
currently the Council's Women's Officer and Social
Secretary. Georgina has recently been responsible
for organising the BRMC's Gala Ball which was the
organisation's major fundraising activity for 2009.
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