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MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release                     Monday 22 November 2021

Inaugural ‘Elders of Meaningful Ageing Australia’ honours announced

At Friday’s 2021 AGM, Meaningful Ageing Australia awarded Elizabeth MacKinlay AM and John Ireland AM with Honorary Eldership for their service to the organisation and sector.

Members also voted in three new Board Directors.

Honorary Elders of Meaningful Ageing Australia

Meaningful Ageing Australia have established Honorary Eldership as the highest honour they can award those individuals whose achievements and contributions have served and shaped the vision and mission of the organisation.

In 2021, the inaugural recipients are Elizabeth MacKinlay AM and John Ireland AM, who were both instrumental in the establishment of Meaningful Ageing Australia.

Elizabeth MacKinlay AM is both a registered nurse and a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia. She researches and teaches on spirituality, dementia, ageing and ‘frailty’. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Charles Sturt University.

John Ireland AM has four decades of experience in aged care leadership roles. He has an enduring passion for pastoral and spiritual care and continues to mentor leaders in the sector and regularly visits residents across a number of aged care facilities.

Three new Board Directors

Amanda Altman (Quality Manager – Pennwood Aged Care Services), Andrea King (Allied Health Manager, Brightwater Care Group) and David Panter (CEO, ECH Inc.) were elected to the Board at Friday’s AGM.

Chair Nick Ryan said, “The level of experience, energy and passion that our three new Directors bring to the Board is very exciting – and a great addition for our next chapter.”

Meaningful Ageing Australia is a registered charity. Director positions on the Meaningful Ageing Board are voluntary and do not receive remuneration.

For media

For further information about Meaningful Ageing and the individuals mentioned, including their published work and photographs, please contact: Jacquie Molloy jmolloy@meaningfulage.org.au  0407314897