ROSEBUD Italian Club president Lorenzo “Laurie” D’Alia has been named Elder of the Year in the Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor’s senior achiever award 2021.
The award to Mr D’Alia was among several presented as part of the shire’s Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards announced Tuesday 14 December. The awards recognise individuals, clubs, services or businesses that contribute to building a stronger community for older people on the peninsula.
Mr D’Alia was described as a “tireless volunteer”. His citation said that during the pandemic lockdowns, he “visited many older, isolated members of the community, and assisted with care and transport for medical and personal appointments and dropping off food”.
“For decades he has organised community functions, events and outings, where everyone is made to feel welcome and included. He has offered practical and emotional support to many people experiencing various life milestones and challenges.”
“The [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,” the mayor Cr Anthony Marsh said.
Peninsula Writers Club received two awards. The club, which has members aged into their 90s, offers support including assistance with transport, seating, discounts for seniors and technical support for online interactions.
Winners will be presented with their awards at a civic event next year to “give them the public recognition they deserve”.