One of my favourite seniors Bruce Petrie shared his family photo album with me. I love really old photos, there is something wonderful about how they captured images back then. Its not like today you can take as many photos as you can and delete the images you hate! Back then you had to be careful and make sure everything was perfect, as film was quite expensive to develop. Some great shots from the year 1800….
On Thursday 5 June 2014 we were filmed by the Channel 7 Making a Difference crew with reporter Kay McGrath.
Very exciting to have filmed at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus with our very first “Senior Stars” Bram and Marina Nicolson who our founder Bev Wilkinson interviewed in 2009 when she was still a student!
Much thanks to our “Junior Stars” Jamie-Lee Dwyer and Mischeline King without their talent and patience we would not be where we are now!
Also a big thumbs up to Myjanne Jensen the Journalism and PR Internship Program Coordinater at Griffith University for her support and gathering of the most amazing journalism students!
Can’t wait till the segment goes to air!
Its beautiful how respect for the war veterans extends through all generations. Every Anzac Day, I love how these heroes are treated like rock stars at the MCG. These senior stars have the biggest smiles and waves grander than the Queen. With a 91,000 crowd cheering them on. Can’t get any better than that!
Last week I visited the Gold Coast and caught up with Steve Stockwell and Myjanne Jensen from Griffith University! It was very exciting to chat about the future of Celebrate Living History and our first grant application to continue working with students and seniors.
It was very exciting to meet current Griffith University intern Trine and first intern Helana! So very happy to meet my students in person!
I was chatting to a senior and she told me there comes a time in your life that you become invisible.
Suddenly your not there and people don’t see you, maybe because the blinkers have been taken off my eyes but I asked how? But I can see you?
She told me sometimes she could be physically there but ignored, people don’t think she is anyone special just a little old lady.
Then pointed at me and said one day it could be you.
I thought this was really sad, this was a lady that had achieved so much she had taught and helped pave the way for generations to succeed in life.
This was a lady who had a wicked sense of humor and so much still to share.
I am glad that I had the ability to get to know her and see beyond the old lady mask.
Sometimes we forget the oldies lived a life where they were young, they loved, they taught, they travelled and most of all they gained knowledge, which should be shared.
Maybe my dream is big but I want to make every senior feel like a star and make younger generations see.
Just like I have.