Sunshine Coast Leaders Honoured on International Day of the Senior


Sunshine Coast based community leaders have been honoured for their contribution to seniors today with awards to mark the International Day of the Senior.

Gerontologist and Founder of IAgeWell, Tanya Dave, says the awards to 10 local seniors acknowledge and reward their valuable contribution, from establishing dementia support networks to developing programs that help seniors transition into retirement.

“We are extremely fortunate on the Sunshine Coast to have some wonderful and selfless individuals who are giving back so much to the Sunshine Coast community. IAgeWell is delighted to recognise some worthy winners of our inaugural Sunshine Coast Seniors awards and its fitting to recognise amazing local people on the International Day of the Senior,” Tanya said.

Tanya pointed to some local examples of people who have taken on adversity and sought to make a difference.

“Today’s award winners include Lorrae & Vince O’Rourke who know what its like to care for someone with dementia and harnessed their experience to create a support network for carers. When Shirley Voss was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she and husband Allan sought to make a difference through a support group of their own in Caloundra, to help others with similar challenges,” Tanya said.

Local seniors are embracing social media on the Sunshine Coast and this is also a feature of the awards announced today.

“We are seeing seniors take up social media in every increasing numbers and this is reflected in some of the wonderful services being offered on the Coast. Peter Deacon founded Lively 50s a free social platform for seniors to connect with each other and Jan Wild & Rowan Rafferty are behind Retiring Not Shy, a social media platform that focuses ageing and retirement.”

Tanya said the Sunshine Coast is lucky to have senior executive leaders who have a passion for helping people and ensuring that the Coast’s older population has a strong advocate and voice.

“The awards recognise Michael Henning, founder of the One Roof Project, which supports people in need, including by providing things we take for granted like hot meals and a hot shower. Celena Ross has established the Sunshine Coast Retiree Women’s Group for women who are semi-retired or transitioning into retirement. And Cheryl Harris, the CEO of Volunteering Sunshine Coast, is also recognised today for advocating strongly for volunteers, including placing them in areas of need for seniors.”

“At IAgeWell we work with service providers and carers, local government and the seniors’ community to build resilience, reduce reliance on government funding and inspire innovation in the aged care sector. We are proud to recognise this worthy list of award recipients.”

To find out more, visit IAgeWell

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