U3A Healesville

University of the Third Age

Congratulations Lois Thwaites

Healesville U3A proudly congratulates one of their members – Lois Thwaites – who is the recipient of a 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Award.

Lois has lived in the Yarra Valley for 45 years and is a beloved mother, grandmother and dedicated U3A member who not only provides her vast theatrical skills and experience to the U3A Theatre Group, but regularly and generously opens her lovely home In the Yarra Valley to Theatre Group members and their partners for gatherings and celebrations.  She directs, produces and writes all the Healesville U3A Theatre performances, puts hours into writing scripts as well as making/sourcing costumes whilst offering a welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of their abilities and experiences.

Lois has lived in the Yarra Valley for 45 years and always given generously of her time volunteering at local school events when her children were younger. Prior to retiring 16 years ago she established a Marketing Promotion business that incorporated food tasting, wine tasting and cooking demonstrations from many of Victoria’s leading chefs and performers from Melbourne theatre restaurant shows that also involved sporting celebrities.


Typically, Lois is the first to acknowledge the support she has been given by U3A members she has worked with including those in other courses where she has been involved. Most especially, she has been ably supported by her husband of 59 years, Trevor.

I am sure you will join with the Committee in congratulating Lois on her achievement.

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