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Tireless Jackie's work recognised

Wednesday, 16th March, 2011

HARD WORKER: Jackie McKee is presented with a bouquet of flowers and her Citizen of the Year award from Mayor Wincen Cuy at City Council yesterday HARD WORKER: Jackie McKee is presented with a bouquet of flowers and her Citizen of the Year award from Mayor Wincen Cuy at City Council yesterday

By Kurtis Eichler

Tireless volunteer and advocate for people with a disability, Lesley June McKee, was yesterday awarded the Australia Day Citizen of the Year pin and certificate.

The 83-year-old was unable to attend the Australia Day awards ceremony in January due to bad health'

Yesterday she was her usual self-deprecating self when she accepted the award from Mayor Wincen Cuy.

"I don't really deserve it but it's a great honour," she told a crowd of about 20 people who turned out for the ceremony in the City Council building.

Ms McKee, who is known as Jackie, spent 20 years volunteering to improve the lives of people with a disability and was co-ordinator of the Broken Hill Disability Support Group.

She has also volunteered at the Charles Rasp Library, Meals on Wheels, and Home Care as well as being involved in Silverlea's Picton Plants nursery.

"It just started off," said Ms McKee. "A lot of people I knew had disabilities, and a lot of people didn't have people to help them."

Ms McKee and retired pharmacist Brian White were each awarded Citizen of the Year in January, and Mr White said he was proud of his friend of more than 40 years.

"We've been working together for 41 years since we came to Broken Hill," he said,

Mayor Wincen Cuy also acknowledged Ms McKee for her achievements and said it was an award "well earned."

Ms McKee returned to the city on Sunday and will be heading back to Adelaide soon.

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