Farewell to Jenny Blakey

Jenny Blakey, taken at Seniors Rights Victoria's 10th Anniversary celebrationsLong-serving Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria Jenny Blakey was farewelled by senior government representatives, work colleagues and industry associates at functions in December and January.  

For nearly 13 years, Seniors Rights Victoria has taken the lead in addressing elder abuse as part of a broad program to protect the rights of older Victorians. Following a turbulent stage in the development of Seniors Rights VictoriaJenny took over as manager and provided a steady hand which contributed to the growth of Seniors Rights Victoria for over a decade, positioning it as a leader in elder abuse prevention, policy and response.  

At a farewell lunch for Jenny, COTA Victoria CEO Tina Hogarth-Clarke noted that the Seniors Rights Victoria integrated advocacy and lawyer model played a key role in the delivery of the Victorian Government’s elder abuse prevention and response initiatives, and also led in research into the cause of elder abuse and pathways to reducing abuse. Jenny was a key part of the team that helped build that leadership. 

In addition to compassionately managing the staff at SRV, who noted her patience, mentoring and leadership, Jenny played a key sector leadership role in raising the topic of elder abuse in a variety of forums. This included the state-wide elder abuse advisory group and the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

By building relationships with industry groups, government, Victoria Police and the family violence sector, and working to establish the national Body Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), Jenny’s work has had a major impact on the lives of older Victorians and Australians. 

Industry colleagues thanked her for her persistence in campaigning for the rights of older people and for creating forums, such as the elder abuse roundtable, in which practice perspectives can be shared. 

Jenny’s COTA Victoria work colleagues wish her well on the next stage of her life journey.