On Australia Day, Redlands City Council announced annual awards for its citizens in several categories. One of these, the Senior Citizen of the Year was won by one of our residents, Peter Neale for his promotion and leadership for many years of activities for Seniors in this area.
A full page in the Senior Lifestyle magazine for February/March this year featured Peter's devotion to this cause, which led to the award. To quote the publication, "Peter's citizenship award recognises his tireless work in the Redlands community, particularly for his role in the National Seniors Association." (NSA)
After joining 26 years ago, Peter has served on the NSA Committee for 21 years, the past 18 as President.
Born in Leicestershire, UK, Peter served in the RAF from 1946 to 1969, and was posted to many countries, always accompanied by his wife Winnie. When they finally emigrated to Australia, Peter joined the RAAF Association as well as the NSA.
Amongst his many duties in the NSA, Peter has been concerned about helping single women who are on a limited income, also the problem of social isolation among seniors.
After moving to Renaissance in 2006, Peter and Winnie have been active in Village life and this year will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
It was pleasing that one of the popular Directors of Renaissance, Graham Leishman, was a finalist this year in the Redlands Citizen of the Year award.
This article is reproduced, with permission, from the 'Victoria Village Voice' a quarterly newsletter produced by residents of Renaissance Victoria Point and issued on behalf of the Residents' Association.