Seniors Awards

Each and every day throughout Townsville there are countless senior residents who volunteer their time, contributing to the wellbeing of the Townsville community. Across our community, these volunteers connect people and provide services to others. The knowledge, skill, commitment and energy displayed by Townsville's senior residents is overwhelming.

These volunteers give their time, energy and skills without seeking public recognition or accolades for their contribution. The Townsville City Council Senior Awards have been designed to provide public thanks to those quiet achieving seniors who give so much to our city.

2017 Seniors Awards Winners

Female Senior of the Year

Mrs Olive Foley

Mrs Foley has contributed tirelessly to the Queensland Country Women's Association (QWCA) since joining in 2000. She plays a huge part in the QCWA Magnetic Garbutt Branch supporting and mentoring new members and the committee, and is the embodiment of QCWA ‘A Friend To All’. Mrs Foley has also volunteered for Lifeline, The Endeavour Foundation,  Meals on Wheels, Rowes Bay Ladies Golf Club, Mundingburra State School, Central School and Pimlico High School.

Male Senior of the Year

Mr Barry Martin OAM

Mr Martin created the Vietnam Veterans Federation in Townsville over 30 years ago. Since then, he has served as President for many years, as well as Senior Vice President of the national body. Mr Martin is a qualified advocate and welfare officer and personally supports a large number of veterans and their families in Townsville. He is also one of the original creators of the Townsville Men's Shed, which opened in 2009.

Special Commendation Award

Mrs Janice and Mr Allen Bishop

Mr and Mrs Bishop have made outstanding contributions to the community through dedicated volunteering over many years. Both are highly-valued volunteers at Ozcare Villa Vincent, supporting residents, their families and other volunteers.