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Ballarat Seniors honoured
Local arts identity Garry West was recently presented with the 2011 Ballarat
Senior of the Year Award. The award was presented by Cr John Philips at a
recognition ceremony last month.
Garry was presented with the award for his commitment to helping people
fulfil their dreams in the art and music industries. His work has enabled
people of all ages to participate in music and theatre and realise their
An additional three categories were introduced for the first time this year:
BALLARAT SENIOR HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIVING AWARD
Patricia Hope received this award for her outstanding contribution to
Ballarat. Her deeds are often described as ‘inspirational’, leading others
BALLARAT SENIOR MENTOR AWARD
Bennita Hough has spent her life mentoring others in the Ballarat community
in a variety of capacities. Her work has facilitated the empowerment of
individuals and enabled them to develop their own ideas and sense of
BALLARAT SENIOR WORKPLACE AWARD
Douglas Luscombe was recognised for his work in the mental health field during
the past 25 years and ongoing support for people with mental illness.
The awards were announced as a prelude to the Out and About in Ballarat
Seniors Festival which was celebrated across the city during the first weeks
Council supports the public recognition of those who make a positive
contribution to the local community. If you know a senior who deserves to
be recognised, keep them in mind for next year’s awards.
For more information on the City of Ballarat’s Positive Ageing Strategy, call
Council’s Positive Ageing Development Officer Jannie Alday at 5320 5683.
Playgroup for all Generations
Ballarat’s newest playgroup brings together grandparents who are caring
for their grandchildren.
Our Generations provides an opportunity for grandparents and their
grandchildren to meet regularly to play and socialise together.
The many benefits of Our Generations includes chatting with other
grandparents, making new friends, sharing experiences, helping run the
playgroup and most importantly, having fun with their grandchildren.
Children who attend playgroup learn by seeing, listening, feeling, touching,
tasting, mimicking and watching other children play. They benefit by learning
to play with other children, exploring new experiences, playing with different
toys, relating to other adults and learning and developing new skills, which
aids in ever y child’s brain development.
The Our Generations playgroup meets each Tuesday, from 11am to 12.30pm
at the Eureka Family Resource Centre, 507 Humphrey St Sth, Ballarat.
At playgroup, grandparents and grandchildren enjoy a welcoming meet and
greet, playtime (eg: playdough, colouring, or craft) with different activities
each week, morning tea (usually fruit to share and water), and storytime
or singing to finish the play session.
For more information, call City of Ballarat’s Playgroup Coordinators Julie
Davies or Meghan Appleton at 5320 5682.
Above: City of Ballarat Cr John Philips congratulates 2011 Ballarat Senior of the
Year Garry West on his award.
Below: Our Generations is the newest Ballarat playgroup, inviting grandparents and
grandchildren to enjoy playtime together.
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