Seniors show no sign of slowing down

Two women with strong ties to WA’s far north are finalists in WA’s Senior of the Year awards.

Mariette Cowley, 65, and Pamelia Barrett, 76, are both finalists in the community award.

Ms Cowley, an Aboriginal elder from Broome, has strong cultural connections with the Bardi, Worrora and Ngarinyin country, and has spent her life working to improve health, social and justice conditions for Aboriginal people.

Now based in Perth, she has a Bachelor of Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development, is a JP and member of the Children’s Court.

She started her career as an enrolled nurse and is a former chief executive officer of the Aboriginal Family Law Service which provides legal representation and leadership around family and domestic vviolence.

Ms Barrett lives in Wyndham and has been a life-long volunteer as well as a single mum to three children and providing support to eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was heavily involved with the start-up of Joongari House, a Family and Financial Service Centre. She also volunteers with the Country Women’s Association, the Lions Club, St John Ambulance, local sporting teams, Tax Help and is a Fire and Emergency Services volunteer.

WA’s Senior of the Year Awards will be announced on November 6.


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