Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes


Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for 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 42 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, we are awarding $1.26 million to 126 local organisations.

For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.

Your three Westfield Belconnen Local Heroes are:

Elizabeth (Beth) Lefevre

Young Women's Cancer Support Group - ACT & Surrounding Region
Determined. Committed. Energetic

Elizabeth Lefevre was on maternity leave with four-month-old twins when a breast cancer diagnosis turned her world upside-down. Elizabeth soon discovered a gap in support for younger women with cancer and started an online group that became The Young Women's Cancer Support Group – ACT & Surrounding Region. "If you're unable to be proactive, extremely vigilant and advocate your rights, things get missed and can fall through the cracks of the system – which I experienced personally on multiple occasions," Elizabeth says.

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Marilyn Richards

ACT Wizards Ten Pin Bowling League
Dedicated. Inclusive. Fun

The Zone Belconnen is a hive of activity every Saturday as the ACT Wizards Tenpin bowlers gather to bowl, cheered on by their families, friends and support workers. All year round, it’s a time for laughter, celebration and encouragement, thanks in a big part to Marilyn Richards, the president of the league for people in the ACT region living with disability. Marilyn has been involved with the Wizards for more than 20 years and has been president for five years. “I feel great satisfaction seeing the bowlers reach their potential,” says Marilyn, who has a young adult daughter with disability.

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Tim Miller

Passionate. Enthusiastic. Genuine

Tim discovered a charity who wanted lids to recycle into sustainable products for kids. Lids4Kids was born when Tim started raising funds for charity by collecting the 10c refund on containers. But nobody wanted the plastic lids he had accumulated. Tim was determined to save the lids from landfill and searched for various not-for-profit groups that could use the plastic bottle lids to repurpose into sustainable recycled plastic products to benefit the environment and disadvantaged kids. "We've prevented over 22 tonnes of plastic from going to landfill," Tim says.

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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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