June Hansen, 80, of Spotswood was today honoured with the Healthy and Active Living Award during the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House.
Ms Hansen is one of 14 seniors recognised at the ceremony to kick start the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival, with awards presented by Minister for Ageing David Davis.
"June was nominated by Western Health for her extensive volunteer work with patients attending the cancer ward and emergency departments," Mr Davis said.
"She is acknowledged as a very resilient woman and a practical, hands on person that people look to for support to help them through their illness and the life changes they experience.
"June brings comfort and hope to people who are often at their most vulnerable. She listens and acts in ways that have been informed by her own experience of cancer.
"In addition to her role at the Western Hospital, she has also dedicated her time to serving the broader community by volunteering at other hospitals, including the Royal Women's Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.
"As a mentor, she also trains volunteers to become advocates on behalf of patients and their families on issues such as transport and access to services."
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn congratulated Ms Hansen on her award and commended her on her extraordinary contribution to the community.
"This is a classic example that age is no barrier when it comes to helping those in need," Mr Finn said.
"Ms Hansen, through her selflessness has shown enormous commitment and compassion to people at a time when they need it most. This award is fully deserved."
Mr Davis said the awards honour the remarkable achievements of senior Victorians and highlight the benefits of ageing well and keeping active, healthy and involved in the community.
"Seniors from across Victoria are recognised for their inspiring volunteer work, talents and achievements, as well as encouraging active lifestyles and promoting cultural diversity," Mr Davis said.
Mr Davis said the awards are a fitting launch for the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival, which this year boasts a jam-packed program with more than 1,000 events on offer throughout October.
"We are also again pleased to offer free public transport for Victorian Seniors Card holders from 6–13 October so that they can enjoy the festival," Mr Davis said.
For more information on the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival and for a full list of award recipients visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au