Awards open

By Seymour Telegraph

From the U3A and Meals on Wheels, to the Cancer Council, the historical society and her local church — you name it, Seymour’s Margret Sloane is probably volunteering in it.

And since receiving a COTA (Council on the Ageing) Senior Achiever Award, Mrs Sloane is encouraging others to get involved in the community and to nominate for this year’s awards.

The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards acknowledge older Victorians who volunteer to assist, support and encourage others in their communities.

The awards also recognise community organisations or businesses that create age-friendly communities through inclusion and active ageing.

Mrs Sloane was selected from 140 nominees to receive one of the 19 coveted volunteer awards handed out at Government House.

She said she was humbled by last year’s award and looked forward to seeing who would be named in 2019.

‘‘I was very surprised to be nominated as I think there are many more people more deserving than me,’’ she said.

‘‘I like to help people where I can. I just get in and help as much as possible.

‘‘Volunteering is a rewarding experience. It helps other people and you feel good when you have helped someone.

‘‘Being recognised by the awards was a memorable experience and I encourage people to nominate others and give them some recognition.’’

Nominations for the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards close July 5 and nominations can be made at