Leading seniors advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the announcement of Jackie French as 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.
COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said Ms French had made a significant contribution across the generations as an acclaimed children’s author and advocate for children’s literacy.
“Jackie French is a worthy recipient of the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year award.
“Her writing has inspired a generation of Australian children to love books and reading.
“She has been a tireless advocate for kids with learning difficulties and is passionate about raising the literacy levels of children across Australia.
“Children are growing up loving her books, and kids and parents alike have a particular soft spot for the cheeky lead character of her famed Diary of a Wombat series.
“We congratulate Ms French for her work and are delighted she has been recognised.”
Mr Yates said all the finalists for Senior Australian of the Year had made remarkable contributions to the Australian community in diverse roles including medicine, indigenous affairs, international aid and the arts.
“The array of state finalists for this award provides a snapshot of the many ways older people keep on giving back to their communities into their 60s and well beyond; indeed this year up to the age of 94.
“They have a commitment to their communities, local, national or global , that make great use of the wisdom and experience that accumulates with age and is inspiring to the generations following them.”
Media contact: Ian Yates 0418 835 439, Olivia Greentree 0439 411 774.
COTA Australia is the peak policy development, advocacy and representation organisation for older Australians, representing COTAs in every State and Territory and through them over 500,000 older Australians.