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I remember one day turning a corner and milli was there dressed in her fairy dress and wings crown flowers and i just started laughing and so did she .
we laughed and laughed ……..sweet angel
Shockwaves and sadness spread in Mullumbimby as the news of Milli’s tragic death impacts our community. In the streets and by email, people are sharing their grief and loss. I would like to share here some what I knew of Milli over the ten years or so that I knew her.
I first met Milli dancing at Coorabell Hall. She was wearing her fairy wings which gave us an instant connection. Some years later, we both studied co-counselling and traveled together daily to Kingscliffe Tafe to study Fitness Instruction. It was during these journeys that Milli shared with me some of the traumas that she had faced which eventually led to her becoming involved in Non-Violent Communication.
Over the years I saw how Milli blossomed and flourished. Her energy and enthusiasm were immense, her time-management impeccable and her positive outlook carried her into many spheres besides those already mentioned, such as laughter yoga, toastmasters, life coaching, making fairy wings and crowns which she sold at her market stall. Milli also morphed into “Milli the Fairy” spreading her sparkle, stories and (non-competitive) new games at children’s parties, the Brunswick Farmers Market and the Brunswick Valley Nature Festival.
Milli was an ardent cyclist, and at 8 am each Monday morning led groups of locals over the hills and dales surrounding Mullumbimby. I remember her telling me about the importance of carrying a puncture repair kit. Milli also contributed her time and energy to the Mullumbimby Community Action Network, she was on the Education Committee and volunteered to organize the roster for the information table which was on the streets for many months in Mullum. She also took her turn at presiding over one of our meetings.
I have great respect for Milli’s achievements, her dedication and persistence. Milli called herself Milli O’Nair as she aspired to becoming a millionaire, and with her energy and zest for life she may well have become one. A dream that did come true for Milli was that she found love and happiness. Milli also had enormous faith in the power and potential of NVC and received the validation she deserved in that she traveled around the country generously sharing her knowledge. Many of us will miss the creativity of a unique Mullumbimby identity; she was born and bred right here. Thank you Milli for the sparkle you added to our lives.