COTA WA

The Governor addresses special guests at the launch of the Positive Ageing Alliance.

3 Mar, 2021

Launch of the Positive Ageing Alliance, meeting with ‘Frogponds’ co-founders, and fulfilling a 40 year wish.

Launch of the Council of the Ageing (WA)’s new Positive Ageing Alliance initiative.

The Governor and Ms Annus today hosted community and business leaders at a special event to launch the Council of the Ageing (WA)‘s (COTA WA) new Positive Ageing Alliance.

The initiative will see 25 high profile West Australian’s gather for a series of round table discussions to be held at Government House across 2021, with a focus on topics of importance to WA seniors.

The Governor, who is Patron of COTA WA, today joined CEO Christine Allen in formally launching the Alliance, and thanked the group for their commitment to come together to bring seniors’ issues front and centre.

For more information on the Positive Ageing Alliance click here.

Meeting with co-founders of education initiative ‘Frogponds’

The Governor today met with co-founders of ‘ Frogponds’ – an initiative aimed at helping introduce essential supplies to schools through a competitive and affordable platform.

Alison Welsh and Jodie Rybicki established Frogponds – a technology start-up business located in Victoria Park – two years ago as an online procurement program for Education, Government and Business. They are now expanding into the not-for-profit sector and today provided the Governor with an update on their plans.

A signature 40 years in the making

Forty years after he presented then primary-school student Maria Fizzano with a dictionary as a school prize, the Governor today fulfilled her wish to have it signed by him.

Maria was a student at St Columba’s Primary School in South Perth in 1981 when the Governor – who was then the Member for Swan – presented her with the Collins Pocket Dictionary as a prize for Most Improved Student.

Maria has been holding onto the dictionary ever since and was thrilled today to pay a visit to the Governor so he could finally sign it.

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