Councillor Don Palmer Providing Local Leadership & Working for You

Back on the 1st march I blogged that the City of Unley had won global recognition for its work to create an age-friendly community. I noted that the council is the first in South Australia to gain membership to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This award recognises our vision, leadership and commitment in ensuring the City of Unley provides opportunities for our residents to remain healthy, connected, independent and autonomous well into old age.

Our CEO Peter Tsokas commented that “while we may take the work we do in the aged sphere as normal, it is obvious that we are fast becoming leaders in addressing this important issue. Our reputation continues to grow and we should be proud of our achievements”

I can now report that city of Unley won the LGMA award last Friday night for Leadership Excellence in Age Friendly Cities!
In the meantime our General manager Community & Culture Megan Berghuis said “while Peter has already applauded the stirling efforts of Celine and Helen in this program, I also would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the impressive foresight and effort of Peter Tsokas, who has been instrumental in the development of this program.   It is his resolve in ensuring we have actively participated in Age Friendly initiatives at federal, state and academic levels which has resulted in our membership in the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and opened doors for us to be selected as a partner and pilot Council for several exciting current and future initiatives.  Indeed we are now seen as leaders in this field and we should be very proud of this.
I’d also like to acknowledge the work of the Community Services team.  On a daily basis they deliver services and programs, exploring new ways of doing things and throw themselves into programs working to enrich the lives of our residents.  They are an inspirational team and I thank them for their hard work and their exception care of our community.

Many thanks to you all for your dedication and support of our Age Friendly direction and strategies and congratulations to you all on this achievement.”

I support the acknowledgments of both Peter & Megan and say well done everyone.