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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 27 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 successful 2020 nominees 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:

Barbara Healy

St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies)
Tireless. Selfless. Dedicated

Barbara Healy is 80 years old, and the former Chatswood President of St Vincent de Paul Society is as passionate today as she was in1964 when she joined the charity. Barbara goes out looking for people in need of help and feels sad and angry when she can't solve their problems. "I always treat people in the same way I would like to be treated. I try not to judge or discriminate,” 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 Barbara is successful, St Vincent De Paul Society will use its grant to provide people with vouchers for food, electricity, water and gas.


Caitlin Tanaka

Youth in Motion Incorporated
Caring. Sweet. Committed

Caitlin Tanaka received help to overcome interrupted schooling and went on to complete a university degree. Now she is giving back.Caitlin is grateful for the counselling she received and the sensitive care of the teachers at her private school. In return, she is volunteering as the Director of Operations at Youth in Motion (YIM), a non-profit start-up that helps young people overcome disadvantage. "I have watched many of our students graduate from high school and move into higher education or employment, motivating me to continue my work," says Caitlin, who is studying for her MBA.

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 Caitlin is successful, Youth In Motion will use its grant to pay operating costs and fund innovations, including a national online tutoring service.


Cate Turner

The Older Women's Network (NSW)
Indomitable. Engaged. Active 

Cate Turner is in her early nineties and knows from experience what it's like to rely on the aged pension. Cate has been an active member of The Older Women's Network since 1994 and is a local, state and national office-bearer. Helping others is what keeps her going, 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 Cate is successful, The Older Women's Network will use the grant to upgrade its computer and communications systems.


Jesse Ko

StreetWork Australia Limited
Motivated. Empowering. Diligent

As a youth worker at StreetWork, Jesse Ko helps at-risk young people from all walks of life, including those affected by crime, mental illness, substance misuse and homelessness. He has a talent for making people feel safe and comfortable, and he is passionate about helping them achieve their goals.

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 Jesse is successful, Streetwork will use its grant to further grow their Kickstart mentoring program.


Lucy Jones

Neuroblastoma Australia
Indefatigable. Passionate. Legendary

Lucy Jones started Neuroblastoma Australia after losing her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sienna, to cancer. The aim was to provide support for others and fund research to protect other people from the grief she had experienced. Lucy says: “Losing a child to cancer is simply dreadful. Watching them endure so many toxic and painful treatments over many months, and then for them not to be saved is simply heartbreaking. For me, in a modern society, it’s not acceptable.” Thanks to Lucy, the charity has raised over $2.15 million and supported many families.

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 Lucy is successful, Neuroblastoma Australia will fund digital marketing training for two part-time employees and run an advertising campaign to promote the Run2Cure.


Paul Francis OAM

Humpty Dumpty Foundation
Unwavering. Passionate. Humble

In the 1990s, Paul Francis OAM started the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to raise funds for vital equipment needed to treat babies and children at the Royal North Shore Hospital. So far, he has raised more than $6.7 million for 680 pieces of equipment that is saving lives across the hospital. The foundation’s website features a wish list of items to which donors can contribute. These range from a $76,000 neonatal ventilator to a specialised drill that costs $670. Many people in Sydney have participated in Paul's flagship fundraisers, the Balmoral Burn fun-run and the Great Humpty Ball.

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 Paul is successful, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation will use its grant to buy much-needed equipment at the Royal North Shore Hospital.


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