On Friday, July 17, the world said goodbye to Carmel Mills, and the PYiA family is among those in mourning.
Carmel was the “other half” of Go Ahead Business Solutions, with whom PYiA has a long term relationship. Many of our Young Farming Champions and our teachers know her husband Greg as our social license expert and teacher professional learning facilitator.
We know that Carmel was a key part of his visionary work.
“Greg and Carmel faced their share of challenges. Carmel was the epitome of kindness and courage. Both Greg and Carmel lived for their children and the four of them exemplify the ultimate family partnership in always being there for each other.” says PYiA founder Lynne Strong
Young Farming Champions who studied at the University of New England found their mentors in Greg and Carmel.
“Once upon a time, this beautiful woman Carmel Mills came into my life. She touched my life in ways I could never have imagined and showed me what true compassion, strength, and courage looks like. Carmel will be forever missed by everyone she met.” Say Jasmine Whitten
Another Young Farming Champion, Samantha Wan, was also touched by Carmel and, earlier this year, connected the Mills with the Michael Manion Wool Foundation, who provided the family with a holiday to remember.
Throughout her illness Carmel was always available to others, whether that was sharing cancer research, connecting through support groups or sharing her personal story. For those who wish to now be available for Carmel’s family, donations can be made (through this fundraising page) in her memory to the Armidale Public Hospital Oncology Unit.
In time PYiA will establish a school-based award in Carmel’s name, an award to be developed and driven by her biggest supporters – Greg and their two daughters, Destiny and Annabelle.