ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

The Council provides strategic advice to the Minister for Ageing on issues affecting older citizens in the ACT.

The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015 - 2018 and continues to provide advice on its implementation.

The Office for Veterans and Seniors Affairs provides the Council’s secretariat. If you have a query about the Council, or would like to bring an issue to the Council’s attention, please contact the Secretariat on (02) 6207 0555 or send an email to communityparticipation@act.gov.au

Terms of Reference

Biographies

Mr David Lawrance (Chair)
Ms Viola Kalokerinos (Deputy Chair)
Ms Laurayne Bowler
Ms Fiona May
Ms Helen Palethorpe
Mr Patrick Reid
Mr David Rymer
Mr Maurice Sexton OAM
Ms Margaret Thornton
Mr Kevin Vassarotti
Mr Nic Manikis

The Members names (L-R) are: Mr Maurice Sexton OAM; Ms Helen Palethorpe; Ms Margaret Thornton; Ms Viola Kalokerinos (Deputy Chair); Mr David Rymer; Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Ageing; Mr Patrick Reid; Mr David Lawrance (Chair); Ms Nancy Edwards; Ms Fiona May; and Mr Kevin Vassarotti. (Absent: Ms Laurayne Bowler).

Mr David Lawrance (Chair)
Mr Lawrance is the President of Palliative Care ACT. He spent 26 years in Government working in Canberra, Darwin and offshore Australian Territories where he worked on a wide range of program and policy areas. His recent career has involved mentoring and mediation consultancy work. He is a former ACT Tourism Commissioner and former Chairman of the Australian Standing Committee on Tourism. Mr Lawrance attended and Chaired a session at the Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Conference.

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Ms Viola Kalokerinos (Deputy Chair)
Ms Kalokerinos is a Greek immigrant who operated the Curtin Milk Bar with her husband from 1975 to 2008. She is the Vice President of the Canberra Mothercraft Society Inc. She also has leadership roles at Woden Seniors Club and L’Arche Genesaret Inc. She has been a member of the Multicultural Seniors’ Network since 2009. Ms Kalokerinos is a member of Carers ACT, a volunteer with Palliative Care ACT and the Canberra District Historical Society. She has been a member of the Greek Orthodox Community and Church of Canberra and District Inc since 1998. She was also a delegate of the 2011 ACT Older Persons Assembly and the 2013 Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Conference.

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Ms Laurayne Bowler
Ms Bowler is the National Council of Women (NCW) of the ACT advisor on ageing. The NCW represents different aspects of the community including church, social and special interests groups. In this capacity, Ms Bowler regularly follows up reports and research on issues affecting older residents of the ACT. She also liaises with researchers, government agencies and community organisations to better understand the issues and check the accuracy of press reports. Her NCW ACT reports are circulated nationally to all Australian States through the NCW.

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Ms Joanne Chivers
Ms Joanne Chivers is a current member of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, the current Chairperson of the Canberra and District NAIDOC Aboriginal Corporation. She is also the Director of the Indigenous Reading Project.

Ms Chivers has been employed with the Australian Public Service for the past 21 years and currently works in child care policy.

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Ms Fiona May
Ms May is the Chief Executive Officer, ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service, which is strongly committed to advancing the rights of older people.  In that role she represents the Older Persons Advocacy Network in the process of aged care reform through the work of the National Aged Care Alliance.  On a personal level, Ms May has a strong commitment to social justice for all vulnerable members of the community including issues that face older Canberrans, both now and into the future.  She has many years’ experience working in the ACT community sector and was previously a member of the Board of the ACT Council of Social Services for six years.

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Ms Helen Palethorpe
Ms Palethorpe is soon to retire from the YMCA of Canberra where she has worked for thirty years.  Although she held a variety of positions with this community organisation, her main focus has been the development and delivery of fitness and falls prevention programs for older people.  She was awarded the Churchill Fellowship, which provided an opportunity for her to further her knowledge and skills in this field but her interests run across the spectrum of concerns related to the ageing process.  Ms Palethorpe attended the inaugural Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Conference in 2013.  She is a volunteer with number of organisations and is also a also a Justice of the Peace.

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Mr Patrick Reid
Mr Reid is the Chief Executive Officer of Leading Age Services Australia, a national, industry-wide age services peak group, representing all not-for-profit and private providers of services to older Australians, including residential and community care, retirement living and housing. Patrick is a community pharmacist and understands the social and health policy implications of ageing through this work, with a particular focus on wellbeing and independent living. He was formerly the National Director of Business, ICT and        e-health at the Pharmacy Guild

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Mr David Rymer
Mr Rymer is the President of the Canberra Seniors Centre. He is also the Convenor of the Combined Seniors Group of the ACT. He was previously a Board Member of COTA ACT, both as Treasurer and as a member of a variety of sub-committees. He has also had extensive involvement in a number of professional bodies and community committees. He was a member of the ACT Older Persons Assembly Organising Committee and the Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Steering Committee..

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Mr Ewan Brown
Mr Brown is the ex-officio COTA ACT representative on the Council and is the President of COTA ACT. Mr Brown co-presented the 2015 ACT Mature Age Workers Ministerial Round Table and the COTA ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Forum. 

Mr Brown is committed to working towards Canberra becoming a robust age friendly city and community.

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Ms Margaret Thornton
Ms Thornton is the Area Manager ACT for IRT and her role is to manage IRT’s ACT operations in Belconnen. Margaret is an advocate for older people, always striving to include them in the wider community. Her achievements have been recognised by the Standards Accreditation Agency and she has presented at many Conferences and Better Practice workshops on intergenerational projects, bringing the young and the old together, in partnership with Hawker College and the ACT Chamber of Commerce. Ms Thornton also attended the Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Conference.

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Mr Nic Manikis
Mr Manikis is the Director of the Community Participation Group representing the Community Services Directorate.

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