Westfield Local Heroes 2019
Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that connects and enriches communities in Australia and New Zealand. The program discovers and celebrates individuals who make a positive impact to their local community and/or environment.
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.
__Unconditional . Compassionate . Selfless __
Thousands of people around the world are happier, thanks to Julian Pace. Driven to tackle depression and loneliness, he founded Happiness Co, which offers workshops and online programs to help people improve their mental health. By employing more staff with different skills, he has been able to expand Happiness Co into workplaces and schools. “I’ve benefited over 50,000 people in over 10 countries,” says Julian, who was inspired to set up Happiness Co after overcoming his own mental health challenges. He has severe dyslexia and dropped out of school in year 8 after being bullied.
__Passionate . Empowering . Selfless __
After spending time in care during early childhood, Leah Atkinson has been driven to help the next generation of children facing similar anguish. She created Operation Sunshine WA, which provides packs of necessary items to help children through the first few days in out-of-home care. Many arrive with little or no belongings, and the packs help to preserve their dignity and make them feel less isolated, says Leah. “The packs contain essential items including hygiene products, clothing and comfort items that vary depending on the recipient’s age and gender.”
Riding for the Disabled
__Wholehearted . Passionate . Caring __
Paige Connolly was blown away when she first turned up to volunteer for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Oakford. Riding horses helps people with disabilities to build their physical strength, motor skills and confidence. Paige was amazed as she watched the riders transform before her eyes as their lesson progressed. “The horses made my heart melt as I watched them bring so much joy and love to their riders and volunteers,” she says.“I knew from the start I would do what I could to contribute and be a part of this wonderful organisation.”
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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