Seniors Festival: Victorian Senior of the Year award ceremony

Published: 28 October 2019

Koo Wee Rup resident June Wright recently attended Government House as Cardinia Shire Council’s nominee for Victorian Senior of the Year 2019.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Graeme Moore accompanied June and her guests to meet the Governor of Victoria, Ms. Linda Dessau, and enjoyed a tour of the magnificent Melbourne building.

June received the Senior Citizen of the Year Award at the 2019 Cardinia Shire Australia Day Awards. June was unable to attend the award event due to knee surgery, so Mayor Cr Graeme Moore presented June’s award to her at home in full mayoral robes.

A lifetime volunteer, June received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017 for her outstanding contributions to her community. She is still busy at the Koo Wee Rup Lions Op Shop she helped establish 20 years ago, managing three days per week. She is very proud the Op Shop supports numerous charitable causes.

June became involved in Scouting through her husband and children in the ’70s, serving as a group leader for the better part of a decade. Her connection to her community goes back a long way; her grandfather taught at Nar Nar Goon Primary School and her father worked at Cardinia Shire Council in Pakenham.

June believes her father’s community spirit rubbed off on her as a child.

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