Two women honoured at Town of Bassendean’s Australia Day awards ceremony

Jacqueline Mills, Mayor John Gangell and Ella Steiner. Photo: Steve Perkins, Flair Photography
Jacqueline Mills, Mayor John Gangell and Ella Steiner. Photo: Steve Perkins, Flair Photography

TWO citizens have been recognised for their contributions to the Bassendean community at the Town’s Australia Day Awards.

Art student Ella Steiner won the 2017 Young Community Citizen of the Year while Jacqueline Mills was awarded the Community Citizen of the Year for her volunteer work for people with disabilities.

Seventeen adults and three children became Australian Citizens at the ceremony.

Ms Steiner (19), who volunteered at community events on NAIDOC Day, Australia Day and the Old Perth Road Markets last year, said she did not expect to win.

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“I really enjoy helping out and also being able to work in my speciality, which is art,” she said.

Ms Mills has volunteered in the community for seven years to improve the lives of people with disabilities, especially adults who are unable to speak.

She was instrumental in creating the first Australian course at Edith Cowan University to educate teachers and the community about practical inclusion and full literacy instruction for people who have complex communication needs.

During this stint, she voluntarily housed and raised six disadvantaged children after the unexpected death of both their parents.