City of Swan honours citizens with Australia Day awards

Award recipients and councillors.
Award recipients and councillors.

ELLENBROOK residents and organisations stood out for their volunteer work at the City of Swan Community Citizen of the Year Awards on Friday.

The Ellenbrook and Oldridge Soup and Meal Kitchen was awarded the Active Citizenship Award.

The meal kitchen, which was started last year by resident Lorraine Oldridge, was awarded for its work in the community, which has grown from feeding 250 to 2000 residents doing it tough every Friday, with the help of volunteers and donations from the community and local businesses.

Ms Oldridge said the award was a complete shock, but was very humbling.

“I almost fell of my seat. I’m still walking on air,” she said.

“It was a great feeling to win this award and hopefully it’ll go a far way to silence some of our critics and show them we are here for a long time and to help as many people as we can.

“We are seeing miracles every day, with people who have nothing and now have furniture in their homes and food in their fridge.”

Ellenbrook resident Frank Mallard received two awards – Community Citizen of the Year and Senior Community Citizen of the Year – for his volunteer work and dedication to helping other people, through the Ellenbrook RSL, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Association of WA and Voice of the Voiceless Ministry.

Mr Mallard said he was still in shock after winning the awards.

“It was overwhelming just to be nominated, but it’s hard to describe the feeling I had once I realised I had won two awards,” he said.

“I don’t do these things for recognition, so it was overwhelming when it happened.

“It was nice to meet the councillors, local members and other winners afterwards – it was a really nice day.”

Ellenbrook Lions Club treasurer Norman Pearson was also awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for his work with the club and work in the community.

Teenager Luke Cotellessa from The Vines received the Active Citizenship Award (youth) for his work with Luke’s Boots for the Outback, an initiative he set up in 2014 which donates football boots, guernseys, socks and balls to disadvantaged children in WA regional towns.

Luke was awarded a Community News’ 2017 Local Sports Star Awards last year.

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