Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Belconnen.
These inspiring local leaders were nominated and voted for by the community and will now be awarded a $10,000 grant for each of their affiliated organisations to help their important work to grow.
Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities. Launched in 2018, the program spans our 40 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, we are awarding $1.2 million to 120 local organisations.
In February 2020, we will open nominations for the 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference.
Your three Westfield Belconnen Local Heroes are:
The STOP Campaign
Passionate . Dedicated . Activist
Camille Schloeffel could have been put off by the cynics who said she was too young and inexperienced to start a student movement against sexual violence. But the 21-year-old Australian National University student persevered, raising a small amount of money to launch the STOP Campaign and raising a lot of awareness. With her team of 25 volunteers, Camille is bringing about cultural change at the university and educating students about consent, becoming an effective bystander and students’ responsibilities to each other.The vision is for Australian university communities to be free from sexual violence and stigmatisation,” says Camille.
Dedicated . Energetic . Giving
Hannah Andrevski was on maternity leave when she decided to help families going through hard times source essential items.
Despite having her newborn and a toddler to care for, she worked hard to start Roundabout Canberra, redistributing safety-checked car seats, cots and prams as well as linen, clothing and toys. Hannah had no experience running a charity, but she recruited volunteers and helped more than 400 children within her first 12 months.“We believe every child deserves a safe start and every family deserves dignity,” she says.
Selfless . Compassionate . Resilient
Natalie Malcolmson gave up her public service career in 2016 to care for her husband, who has borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex and often misunderstood mental illness. She was horrified by the lack of affordable support in ACT, so she sought training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), which has improved her and her husband’s quality of life. Natalie also set up BPD Awareness ACT to offer affordable community support. “Learning DBT skills changes the lives of those with BPD and their families,” says Natalie. “It is an evidence-based treatment for those who are highly suicidal.”
Recognising all our 2019 nominees
We congratulate all of our finalists and nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
View all of the finalists, nominees and their organisations
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