Winners of the 2021 Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards

Published on 15 December 2021


Seniors in our community have once again shown they've no plans of slowing down when the winners of our annual Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards were announced at Council on Tuesday 14 December.

The awards recognise individuals, clubs, services or businesses that contribute to building a stronger community for older people on our Peninsula.
With 31.4 per cent of people aged 60 and over living in our Peninsula it’s important to have an age-friendly place to call our home.
Our winners certainly empower older people to live, work and contribute to our lifestyle of the Peninsula.
Taking home the top award of Elder of the Year 2021 is:

  • Lorenzo ‘Laurie’ D’Alia

Lorenzo is president of the Rosebud Italian Club and has been a tireless volunteer on our Peninsula. His continued efforts throughout COVID-19 saw him visiting many older, isolated members of the community, assisting with care and transport for medical and personal appointments and dropping off food.
For decades Lorenzo has organised countless community functions, events and outings, where everyone was made to feel welcome and included. He has offered practical and emotional support to many people experiencing various life milestones and challenges.
The Peninsula Writers Club received two awards. The club has members aged from their 30s to 90s and offers support including assistance with transport, appropriate seating, realistic discounts for seniors and technical support for online interactions.
The full list of our 2021 winners of the Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Award are:

1. Mayor’s Senior Achiever Award

Elder of the Year

  • Lorenzo ‘Laurie’ D’Alia

Senior Achiever

  • Meredith Studdert
  • Janet South
  • Lynda ‘Lou’ Howard

2. PACE Age-Friendly Community Award

Age-friendly community service or program

  • Peninsula Writers Club
  • Hastings Community House
  • University of the Third Age, Southern Peninsula

Innovative club for older people

  • University of the Third Age, Mornington
  • Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House Inc. 

Encouraging diversity and inclusive opportunities for older people

  • Lorenzo ‘Laurie’ D’Alia

Age-friendly local business

  • Naomi Bailey - Rosebud CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Services

3. Promotion of Intergenerational Opportunities Award

  • Mount Martha Yacht Club
  • Peninsula Obedience Dog Club
  • Peninsula Writers Club
  • Southern Peninsula Choir 

The winners will be presented with their awards in person at a Civic event in 2022 to give them the public recognition they deserve.
Our age friendly awards happen every year. If you know a person or a professional that ought to be recognised our nominations open in April 2022.
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Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“Well done Lorenzo and congratulations to all our winners and nominees for their commitment and dedication to our residents. 
The annual Delys Sargeant Awards value our older people and provide a public opportunity to thank people, clubs, businesses or organisations who have made a special contribution to reduce ageism and promote respect and inclusion of our older people.”

Quote attributable to Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) member and Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon:
“If wisdom, kindness, confidence, and ease come with age, then these inspiring people, clubs, businesses and organisations have this in abundance. Well done to everyone involved.”

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