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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 12 October.

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 Westfield Local Heroes for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.

Your finalists for Westfield Chatswood are:

Anne Holmes

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury (Financial Counselling Service)
Wise. Ethical. Proactive

Financial Counsellor Anne Holmes offers emotional and practical support to people experiencing financial distress. As team leader of the Financial Counselling Service of Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, Anne helps people manage their financial issues. She has 21 years of experience as a financial counsellor and believes nobody’s circumstances are beyond help.

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 Anne is successful, Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will help domestic violence victims with employment training and resources to help them live independently.

If you need support, please visit Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury or phone Lifeline: 13 11 14

Jake de Kort

The Kids' Cancer Project
Impactful. Determined. Courageous

Determined fundraiser Jake de Kort is on a mission to change the lives of people and families affected by cancer. After losing his sister to cancer, Jake became a volunteer for the Kids' Cancer Project, where he does everything in his power to support the cause through his Blue Bottle project. Jake has even completed a double degree and hopes to one day develop a tool for early cancer diagnosis and intervention.

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 Jake is successful, The Kids’ Cancer Project will use its funds for childhood cancer research and fundraising events.

John Pitt

North Sydney Community Centre
Loyal. Generous. Genuine

As a council parks and gardens worker, John (Johnny) Pitt has always felt a strong connection to his Indigenous heritage in Queensland. He brought much joy to the people of North Sydney and St Leonards for 50 years in the role. He retired from his full-time job last year, but he is still putting smiles on people’s faces as the part-time caretaker at the North Sydney Community Centre, where he keeps the playground clean and the children safe. He is also grateful that his work enables him to keep his connection to country.

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 Johnny is successful, the North Sydney Community Centre will use its funds to add a yarn circle, mud kitchen and other resources to the playground.

Madeleine Riley-Haynes

Job Centre Australia Ltd.
Inclusive. Creative. Dedicated

Madeleine Riley-Haynes puts a relentless effort into helping young adults with disabilities to find work and achieve their goals. In her role at Job Centre Australia, Madeleine delivers a range of services, including support with employment and work experience, teaching life skills such as cooking and budgeting, and encouraging participation in the community and social activities.

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 Madeleine is successful, Job Centre Australia will put its funds towards a virtual reality jobs simulator and a paddock-to-plate camp.

Sapna Nand

Glaucoma Australia
Dedicated. Caring. Modest


Sapna Nand is an empathetic healthcare professional who supports hundreds of people at risk of losing their sight or who have lost their sight because of glaucoma. As an orthoptist at Glaucoma Australia, Sapna gets to know each patient and regularly checks in to ensure they have the resources they need. One of her achievements is the high level of treatment adherence among her patients, which is more than double the national average.

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 Sapna is successful, Glaucoma Australia will use its funds to run local support groups.

Yuki Takahashi-Braybrook

Willoughby City Council
Diligent. Humble. Sincere

Diligent and humble leader Yuki Takahashi-Braybrook works hard to ensure children of all backgrounds receive the care and connection they deserve at the Chatswood Early Childhood Education and Care Centre. Yuki leads a team of 16 at the centre’s long daycare and has set up several initiatives that focus on cultural inclusivity.

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 Yuki is successful, the Early Childhood Education and Care Centre will use its funds to start a new intergenerational and cultural program.


If you need support, please phone Lifeline: 13 11 14

Recognising all our 2021 nominees

View all of the Westfield Chatswood nominees and their organisation