Gerald Burns Pharmacy in Bicton has received the WA Age Friendly Business Award for its ‘above and beyond’ services for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic
The pharmacy instigated a twice-daily contactless delivery service for its customers, delivering medication in a safe, contactless way, the WA Government has announced.
The pharmacy’s changed opening hours also aligned with major supermarkets and enabled older customers to be safely home by 8am, provided ‘in car’ vaccinations for 70 of their most vulnerable customers and even facilitated a ‘pen pal’ program during the pandemic between Bicton Primary School students and local seniors,” said the office of Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation.
The City of Albany earned the WA Age Friendly Local Government award for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which recognised the specific needs of the high proportion of seniors who live in the Albany area.
Technology trainer Sheena Edwards and Mandurah community identity Dr Sheila Twine take individual honours in the Western Australian Seniors Awards.
The 2020 WA Seniors Awards were presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the State Government. The annual awards are celebrated as part of WA Seniors Week, which this year runs from November 8-16.
“The judges of the 2020 Western Australian Seniors Awards found all this year’s applications of extremely high quality, and it was gratifying to see so many individuals, local governments and businesses contributing to an age-friendly Western Australia,” Mr Murray said.
“The proactive response by both the City of Albany and the Gerald Burns Pharmacy to the COVID-19 pandemic was outstanding, and ensured our seniors were safe, valued and included during this most challenging time.
“Sheena and Sheila are thoroughly deserving winners in the individual categories of this year’s WA Seniors Awards—and it is worth noting that both of their incredible contributions involved directly assisting other seniors to live their best lives.”