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NSW Seniors Week achievement award winners a reflection of today's seniors

18 March 2013



Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance has kicked off celebrations for NSW Seniors Week by acknowledging 14 Achievement Award recipients for their service and contribution to NSW. 

Among the recipients acknowledged during yesterday’s ceremony at Parliament House is a businessman from Sydney’s west, who in addition to building a successful career, continues to contribute to the community by fostering cultural exchanges between Australia and Korea; and an Aboriginal elder who mentors young Indigenous men in sport. 
 
“This group represent the diversity of talent, generosity of spirit and limitless energy of seniors in our State,” Mr Constance said. 

“As a collective they represent what it means to be an older Australian today.”

This year a new category of Supporting Working Seniors was introduced to the six categories presented to acknowledge the role work has played and continues to in the lives of seniors.  

The Hawkins Masonic Village Men’s Shed is the inaugural winner. 

“The shed is a place where male residents, many of whom are former carpenters and machinists come to spend time enjoying their craft,” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Seniors Week Achievement Awards marks the beginning of an exciting program of events held throughout the week. 

An estimated 250,000 seniors are expected to attend more than 900 local events throughout the State, finishing on Sunday 24 March.

The activities support the objectives of the NSW Ageing Strategy which was launched last year to support the health and wellbeing of seniors. 

Around 30,000 seniors alone will attend the Premier’s three Gala Concerts being staged at the Sydney Entertainment Centre today and tomorrow.

For more information about NSW Seniors Week events visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au.

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