Paralympic hopeful awarded Mundaring outstanding citizen award

Paralympic hopeful awarded Mundaring outstanding citizen award
Paralympic hopeful awarded Mundaring outstanding citizen award

PARALYMPIC hopeful Greenmount’s Rebekah Millard was among community champions honoured by the Shire of Mundaring at an awards ceremony.

The 23-year-old rider received one of two awards for outstanding citizens aged under 25 and was recognised for her leadership and voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled Hills Group in Sawyers Valley.

She began riding lessons as a six-year-old and blossomed to lead the group as president in 2015 and 2016; the title she continues to hold in 2017.

The group nomination referred to her ‘as a rider who applied herself with outstanding diligence and tenacity to achieve a very high standard in dressage and riding at pre-Paralympic level’.

She engages young riders in activities, welcomes parents and represents the group at events where she reinforces the message that riders with a disability have many abilities and deserve respect.

Ms Millard is currently working towards her dream of qualifying to compete in dressage events at the 2020 Paralympics.

Also to receive an under-25 award was Talia Hobson, nominated by Girl Guides WA for her work towards a homeless appeal, food collections, reserve gardening and rubbish collections.

“Talia is a delightful young lady and a responsible member of our community,” stated the citation from Girl Guides WA.

“Her caring and compassionate nature makes her a well-loved and respected member of her unit.”

Helpful Trevor Dugdale’s willingness to support the over-55’s community at Treetop Grove led to a citizenship nomination from Laurence and Cheryl Osborne, and Richard and Margaret Matthews.

The nomination cited his inspiration to other residents and his ‘fantastic work ethic and expertise’.

‘He is approachable and always willing to help if he is able to, whether it’s cleaning the gutters or doing repairs’.

His workload varies from pulling branches to laying bricks, installing reticulation and hanging pictures ‘with unrelenting enthusiasm’.

The handy man also transports residents and he has waited for many an hour with patients at hospital emergency or outpatient departments.

Lastly, Hilda Christian, of Mundaring Sharing and the Little Possom Centre, received her community award as president of the adult learning centre and childcare centre.

Nominated by Marilyn Davies and Lyne Nalsmith, Ms Christian was noted for her ‘unwavering dedication to the not-for-profit initiative’.

The Shire of Mundaring presented the outstanding citizens with awards on Australia Day and welcomed 23 new citizens to the region.

Each new citizen was presented with a gift bag and wildflower.