Five individuals and two organisations won awards at this year’s Armidale Senior’s Awards attended by about 200 people at the Armidale Bowling Club on Wednesday, February 13 as part of the NSW Seniors Festival running from Wednesday, February 13 to Sunday, February 24.
Richard Smith was nominated for his 50 years of service to the RFS. Ross Fulloon was nominated for his work establishing the Splinters Woodworking Group and facilitating the Senior Gents Group for more than seven years.
It was in the days before Men’s Sheds.Ross Fulloon
Ross thought the coordinator at Armidale Seniors at that time, Jenny Bristowe needed to be recognised because, in his opinion, she did most of the work setting up the group.
“I was just lucky enough to be involved with that as a volunteer,” he said.
Syd White collected the award won by Armidale Care for Seniors for the gap it fills in supporting seniors throughout the community.
Ross Hewitt won his award for his long-term volunteering with the Splinters Woodworking Group to reduce the impact of social isolation for seniors.
Jenny Bourke was nominated for her positive impact in the lives of seniors since through through Care For Seniors, CanAssist and the Cancer Council information centre at the Armidale Hospital. Lorna Williams was also awarded for her volunteering with Care For Seniors since 2007, assisting with school reading and volunteering with Armidale Vinnies for more than 20 years.
Armidale University of the Third Age was awarded for filling a vital role for seniors and running an amazing collection of courses covering physical and mental activities.