Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
Louise McEllister will go above and beyond to help anyone at the drop of a hat.
A passionate nurse for many years, Louise works as a Child Health Nurse in the Narrogin Community and has had multiple nursing roles in her career including that of Midwife at the local hospital and School Health Nurse. Dedicated to those roles, she has worked with local Aboriginal ladies and families in the Boodyari Yorga program which supports pregnant women in antenatal and post natal health care and mothers in the community say how caring and influential she is.
On her days off, Louise works tirelessly on her husband's business McEllister Shearing. She ensures all bookwork is complete and being a good listener, provides support to their employees in any way she is able to assist.
Louise's family and friends know they can call upon her to transport them to Perth for their regular medical appointments and she still finds time to volunteer, helping to organise the kitchen work when the Narrogin Revheads Burn Out Competition is held and also lending a hand to organise food stocks for Marge's Pit Shed kitchen at the local Speedway.
Louise's daughter Belinda says her Mother would brush off any suggestion that she is a hero but to many she is a great inspiration, good listener, motivator and support.
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people
Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.