Ellie’s off to work

Ellie Hodak at work at Hair On Main with Bombala High School learning support officer Connie Cotterill.

Ellie Hodak at work at Hair On Main with Bombala High School learning support officer Connie Cotterill.

BOMBALA High School student Ellie Hodak has always been special and now she needs some special help from her community. 

Ellie, 19, has spina bifida and is reaching the end of her schooling at the high school so her family and friends are keen to get her out and about in the community. 

Ellie’s mother, Adele Hodak, is appealing to the local community to find Ellie some odd jobs and activities around town.

“Getting Ellie out and about is really important,” Ms Hodak said. 

“It makes her feel like she is part of the town and tha tshe is participating in the community.

“Ellie loves to watch other people, be it school children or patrons at the RSL, she just loves it,” she said

“And when she comes home she just wants to tell me all about it and she gets very excited using sign language to tell me what has gone on.” 

Ellie has already been involved in many activities around town and she has loved every minute of it. 

She has spent time at the Bombala Library assisting with the return of books and making bookmarks. 

Cottrell Motors put Ellie to work shredding documents, Bi Rite found a dusting job for her and she has also helped out at the RSL putting coasters on the tables.

One of Ellie’s carers, Connie Cotterill, who often joins Ellie on her activities, said these tasks bring her great pleasure. 

“She loves to observe people and we are hoping that people in Bombala have some good ideas for her to get involved with,” Ms Cotterill said.

“She does need to be supervised during the activities but she is keen to do almost anything.” 

For more information on Ellie’s transition from school contact Adele Hodak on 6458 3520 or Bombala High School on 6458 3358.

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