Thursday March 13, 2014
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, today congratulated Cecil O’Donnell of St Clair for winning the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Award for the Mulgoa electorate.
“Seniors deserve recognition for the important contribution they make across so many different areas of community life and I thank Cecil and all the other seniors who demonstrate their personal commitment and generosity to our local community.” said Tanya Davies.
Cecil O’Donnell was recognised for his outstanding contribution in voluntary work for the St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team located at the Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre.
Cecil began volunteering at St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Centre (SCYNC) only 6 weeks after retiring. He is a valuable, courteous and generous member of the wonderful team at SCYNC. He not only looks after the grounds, assists newcomers to the centre, runs the men’s shed but has also helped high school students through his caring and positive nature.
“Cecil is passionate about the community in which he lives and is the founding member of ‘Cecil’s Place’ St Clair men’s shed which has been rightly named after him.” said Linda Hayman, Coordinator of the St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team.
“These Awards are the community’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to seniors for their enthusiasm and impressive commitment to their community,” said Minister for Ageing John Ajaka.
“It is wonderful to see so many recognised during 2014 NSW Seniors Week being celebrated this year from 15 to 23 March.”
The NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Awards marks just one of the exciting program of events held during 2014 NSW Seniors Week.
An estimated 250,000 seniors are expected to attend more than 900 local events throughout the state during the week.
The activities support the objectives of the NSW Ageing Strategy, which was launched to support the health and wellbeing of seniors.