Shock win

WA Seniors Award an­nounced

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

Katan­ning’s Les­ley Balinksi says she is still in shock after be­ing an­nounced the re­gional win­ner for the 2017 WA Seniors Awards.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, one re­gional and one metropoli­tan win­ner were recog­nised for their ef­forts in car­ing for the State’s el­derly at a cer­e­mony at Perth Zoo.

Out of six seniors (three re­gional and three metropoli­tan) Philip Pad­don, of Greenwood, and Les­ley Balinksi, of Katan­ning, were pro­claimed this year’s win­ners.

Ms Balinksi, who is in­volved in a range of com­mu­nity pro­jects and works with the cul­tural and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse com­mu­nity in Katan­ning, said it was her goal to mo­ti­vate peo­ple.

“I don’t think about what I do, I just live in the mo­ment and it’s only when peo­ple say ‘oh you do quite a lot’ that I re­alise,” she said.

“It’s very hum­bling to know I was nominated, be­cause there are so many peo­ple who do so many won­der­ful things.”

“I’m just blown away by the peo­ple in Katan­ning — there are peo­ple in their 90s still do­ing stuff out there and you never re­ally hear about it but they do amaz­ing things.”

Seniors and Age­ing Min­is­ter Mick Murray pre­sented the WA Seniors Awards, which recog­nise the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of seniors to the com­mu­nity, as well as those who work to im­prove the lives of older West Aus­tralians.

“What stood out with this year’s fi­nal­ists is their com­mit­ment to bet­ter­ing the lives of their fel­low seniors as well as the com­mu­nity in gen­eral,” he said. “They are a great ex­am­ple of con­tin­u­ing to be ac­tive in later life and prov­ing age is no bar­rier to be­ing in­volved in your com­mu­nity.”

WA Seniors Awards re­gional win­ner Les­ley Balinksi. Pic­ture: Les­ley Balinksi

2017 WA Seniors Awards win­ners Les­ley Balinksi and Pil­lip Pad­don at Perth Zoo. Pic­ture: San­dra Ryan

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