Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists


Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists

In the first year of the Westfield Local Heroes program, we have received an overwhelming response and many heart-warming stories after asking the Canning community to nominate individuals who they believe promote social wellbeing and harmony in their communities.

We congratulate every one of our nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.

The community has now cast its vote, the outcome of which will determine the three successful 2018 Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Carousel. Each of their affiliated organisations will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work, program or activities.

The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 13 August.

Your six finalists for Westfield Carousel are:

Emma Gardiner: Nulsen Disability Services

Devoted. Selfless. Motivated.
Emma passionately facilitates the Nulsen Youth Patron (NYP) Program which creates a more inclusive society through education and experience. The NYP program is a service learning program for 14-16 year old students which encourages participants to actively improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by building collaborative and trusted social networks which enrich their lives. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would help develop more robust support for Alumni members to continue their friendships with people with disabilities and advocate on their behalf including leadership training and connect events with residents and Alumni members.

Rita Kleinfeld Fowell: Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas)

Selfless. Inspirational. Giving.
Rita is a qualified Restricted Practice Lawyer who has volunteered with Midlas 3 days per week for the past 12 months. Rita provides invaluable, free legal support to families experiencing Domestic and Family Violence, supports clients in court and assists in getting crucial protections in place for families at risk of violence and abuse.The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would help coordinate an evening Law clinic and engage for-profit lawyers to volunteer and provide free legal support to victims of Family and Domestic Violence, this will dramatically increase the number of people supported and provide support on critical issues that can't currently be covered, such as propety settlements.

Karoline Jamieson: Nardine

Passionate. Genuine. Dynamic.
Nardine women's refuge provides safe and secure accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence in their homes or community, including assistance with overcoming the impacts of violence and abuse through support with housing, education, accessing benefits, employment and counselling. As well as being the CEO, Karoline spends time working 'on the front line' with staff and clients and is always looking for ways to further assist and support our clients. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heores grant would be used to replace our old, outdated and worn furniture and play equipment with new practical furniture in all of the bedrooms, counselling room, group room and playroom to provide a clean and welcoming environment for our clients, where they feel comfortable and valued.

Evelyn McKay: Be My Koorda

Inspiring. Dedicated. Caring.
Evelyn McKay is the founder of an Aboriginal disability support group in Perth called Be My Koorda (Koorda means friend in Noongar language), helping 28 families and over 30 children to form friendships, develop skills and grow in self-confidence. Evelyn is a leader and an inspiration - what started as a simple wish, expressed by her two children to make some friends, Evelyn has worked incredibly hard over the past few years to establish Be My Koorda and to offer vital support to families in need. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would assist Be My Koorda with ongoping expenses such as public liability insurance, developing marketing materials, ongoing registration and insurance for the Be My Koorda Bus, venue hire and the associated running costs of the group.

Todd Meyn: Dismantle

Selfless. Inspiring. Energetic
Todd is a volunteer for BikeRescue (run by Dismantle), which is an engagement and mentoring program based on bike restoration - with at-risk young people restoring 2 bikes each during the program, one for charity and one to keep, while being mentored by a youth worker mentor/mechanics. Todd is a recent return resident of Belmont, after living for 10 years in the USA as a professional BMX stunt rider. He is an inspirational mentor to the at-risk young people, assisting them with their bike restoration while supporting them with some of the challenges they may be facing, or to help them with their future pathway planning and goal setting. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would be used to help activate 3 more BikeRescue programs in the Carousel area, supporting 30 at-risk young people identify and believe in their potential, and strive to reach it.

Lisa Whittle: C3 Langford

Generous. Compassionate. Purposeful.
Lisa coordinates a free community dinner serving an average of 220 people every fortnight through school terms, building a sense of community, a feeling of belonging and safety for residents in the area of Langford and surrounding areas. Lisa has been instrumental on connecting the community with important services and agencies such as: Headspace (runnning mental health and life skills workshops), Orange Skye laundry (a mobile laundry and shower service), Aboriginal Association, William Langford House and Brookman House. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would be spent on food cost, but there is a recognized need for a bus to transport for seniors and families to continue to attend the dinners during winter (as it is too cold for them to walk there in the winter).

Recognising all our 2018 nominees

View all of the nominees and their organisation

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