The 74 year old is a driving force behind the Wheelchairs for Kids charity that has made and sent more than 30,000 wheelchairs to children in need in 70 developing countries.
Juniper chief executive Vaughan Harding says Brother Pickett’s outstanding service involving older people is inspirational.
“Olly’s service began early, following his years as a teacher in the State’s North West with the Christian Brothers, he dedicated time to training and motivating young people through his manual arts program in Wangara that led to involvement in Wheelchairs for Kids more than 15 years ago,” Mr Harding says.
“He works tirelessly as the program’s volunteer workshop manager and is an inspiring leader to a big team of retirees who turn out hundreds of wheelchairs each month.”
Mr Harding says the Juniper 2015 Seniors Champion Award celebrates Brother Pickett as an outstanding senior and acknowledged his commitment to the Western Australian community.
The awards’ judges noted Brother Pickett’s key role in enabling and promoting the positive impact that seniors have in the community as well as the significant support provided to disadvantaged children.
The WA Seniors Awards 2015 are a partnership between the Department of Local Government and Communities and Council on the Ageing WA.