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Inspirational Penrith Seniors Celebrated with 2022 Local Achievement Awards

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Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith presented four seniors with Local Achievement Awards as part of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival.


Award winners received their accolade at the Penrith CBD Corporations seniors morning tea held at the Penrith RSL Club.


“Frank, Jennifer, Terry and Valentina showcase the qualities of seniors who make our local area such a diverse, active and inspirational place to live,” Stuart Ayres said.


“I congratulate and thank them for their generous contributions, remarkable skills and extensive knowledge which continues to benefit our community.”


The award winners were carefully selected from a high calibre of nominees and highlight the diverse ways seniors support their families, communities and society more broadly.


Recipients for the Penrith Local Achievement Awards are:

  • Frank Portelli – service to the Penrith community through the RSL & Rotary
  • Jennifer Hotop – service to the Penrith Regional Gallery
  • Terry King – service to the Nepean Blue Mountains Parkinson’s Support Group
  • Valentina Nadj – volunteer service to York Public School.


The Local Achievement Awards are among an array of events taking place across the state as part of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival.


The festival enables older people to engage with each other, their community, services and supports.


Minister for Seniors, Mark Coure, said the awards program and festival are key initiatives in the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting seniors.


“NSW has an ageing population and we continue to respond to the challenges and opportunities that come with this,” Mr Coure said.


“We are striving towards our vision of creating a state where residents experience the benefits of living longer, while being able to contribute, be included and actively participate in their communities.”


The NSW Seniors Festival runs from 25 March – 3 April 2022 and is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere


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