Model citizens

• Fremantle citizen of the year Jennifer Kaeshagen (back row, centre) with mayor Brad Pettitt, Fremantle MP Simone McGurk and other citizen of the year award winners. Photo supplied

A WOMAN dedicated to preventing Aboriginal families from being evicted from their homes has been named Fremantle’s citizen of the year.

Jennifer Kaeshagen is the founder and director of the First Nations homelessness project, which supports at-risk families and specialises in helping families avoid eviction from public housing.

With the assistance of an army of volunteers, the project has reduced the eviction rate of Aboriginal families from public housing by 25 per cent.

In the past 15 months alone Ms Kaeshagen and her team have prevented the evictions of more than 100 households.

Mental health

Nurse and midwife Ronelle Brossard was named Fremantle’s senior citizen of the year for her decades-long commitment to providing culturally diverse women access to health and well-being support services.

Ms Brossard was a champion for the founding of The Meeting Place in South Fremantle, which still provides community programs today. In 1984 she established the Fremantle women’s health centre, providing medical and counselling services as well as a program of health education and activities.

Fremantle young citizen of the year award was presented to local Nyoongar woman Sally Gamble, who works with the Fremantle child and adolescent mental health service and volunteers her time with the Hilton PCYC.

The active citizenship award was won by the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, while a certificate of appreciation was presented to Boomerang Bags Fremantle for their efforts to reduce plastic bag use.

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