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  • Honour Exceptional Grandparents and Older People

    Posted on 2 August, 2017

    Entries are now open for the 2017 NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards and the inaugural Grandparents Day Photography Competition.


    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is calling for people in our community to nominate stand-out grandparents or older people who go above and beyond for their families and the Camden community.


    “Whether you’re a grandchild or someone who is simply thankful for a grandparent or older person who makes a difference in Camden then nominate them today,” Mr Patterson said.


    The opening of this year’s award nominations coincides with the launch of an inaugural Grandparents Day Photography Competition.


    Mr Patterson said the photography competition, a partnership between the NSW Government and The Australian Centre for Photography, is a great opportunity to recognise the many ways older people contribute. 


    “Turn the lens towards your older relatives and friends, and show us what they mean to you,” Mr Patterson said.


    Both initiatives aim to highlight the invaluable contribution of older people ahead of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday October 29, 2017.


    Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, said NSW Grandparents Day was launched by the NSW Government in 2011 and is a key initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy.


    “We want to challenge stereotypes and promote the talent and experience of older people, which make our communities better places to live and work,” Mrs Davies said.


    More details about the Grandparents Day Photography Competition are available at , entries close on September 1, 2017.


    To make a 2017 Grandparent of the Year Award nomination, contact the Camden Electorate office on 02 4655 3333 or for a nomination form, before September 8 2017.


    A state-wide award ceremony to announce the NSW Grandparent of the Year will be held at NSW Parliament House on October 18, 2017. Winners from the photography competition will also be announced at this event. 


    *Photo entries must include an older person as the subject.