Meet your local hero finalists

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Meet your local hero finalists

Read about your Westfield Local Hero finalists

Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2019 nominees for Westfield Belconnen. Each of the affiliated organisations for the successful three heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Your Westfield Local Heroes will be announced here on 1 October.

Your six finalists for Westfield Belconnen are:

Ben Shipard

Marathon Health
Passionate . Generous . Humble

Ben Shipard is the kind of volunteer every charity needs. One week he’ll be sharing strategic ideas at a conference, the next he will be cooking at a youth refuge. Ben’s passion is youth mental health, and he works tirelessly with headspace Canberra to encourage people to seek help if they need it. Through his outreach work, he reduces the stigma of mental illness and helps people recognise mental health issues in themselves and others.Ben often provides a welcoming and non-judgemental first point of contact for people seeking information about headspace.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Ben is successful, Marathon Health Ltd t/a headspace Canberra will use its grant to help fund educational programs in the local community and to pay for Reference Group representatives to attend events and visit schools to engage with young people.


Bill Caddey

Belconnen Community Services
Visionary . Connector . Creative

Bill Caddey was a primary school teacher for 25 years and strongly believes all children deserve an opportunity to do their best.

As Network Coordinator at Belconnen Community Services, he works with teachers and caseworkers to identify the support families need to help them achieve this. “My role is to bring people together to address needs in our community. The aim is to build a young person's confidence and skills so they can develop a sense of belonging and in turn be able to make a positive contribution,” says Bill.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Bill is successful, Belconnen Community Services will use its grant to help fund the Variety Every Chance to Play Program, which sponsors children from vulnerable families to join their mates at local sports teams, which costs $200 a year.


Camille Schloeffel

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.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Camille is successful, The STOP Campaign will use its grant for marketing and to produce educational material similar to its popular Revealing Truths & Breaking Stigmas zine and video series which share stories to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of sexual violence.


Hannah Andrevski

Roundabout Canberra
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.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Hannah is successful, Roundabout Canberra will invest its grant to on 100 family support packs. Each pack includes about $500 worth of items, such as safety-checked prams, cots, bassinets, car seats and highchairs as well as beautifully presented packs of linen, clothing and toys.


Natalie Malcolmson

BPD Awareness
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.”

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Natalie is successful, BPD Awareness ACT will use its grant to help fund the cost of hiring a venue for group sessions for a year. The money would also be used to run a course for parents of children with BPD and to pay for community awareness activities.


Tim Daly

This Is My Brave Australia
Whole-hearted . Genuine . Empathic

Tim Daly’s infectious enthusiasm helps people believe they can do things they haven’t tried before. He uses this quality to reduce the stigma of mental illness by encouraging people to share their lived experience through live theatre events organised by This Is My Brave Australia (TIMBA).

Tim started TIMBA because of the stigma he felt after he gave up his high-powered corporate career because of anxiety and depression and to care for his wife, who has multiple sclerosis (MS). Through expressing themselves and being involved in a collaborative venture, people feel less stigmatised, says Tim.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Tim is successful, TIMBA will use its grant to hire more venues for more shows. As the organisation is funded only by donations and ticket sales, it has not been able to meet the growing demand. A portion of the funds would also be used to expand its reach through the internet.


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