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Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Chermside.

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 Chermside Local Heroes are:

Alison Cox

Wesley Mission Queensland's The ORCA Project
Positive. Inspiring. Innovative

When Alison Cox's daughter Jasmin was nearing the end of her schooling, there were no opportunities for young adults with different abilities. Alison has experience in community work and took matters into her own hands. She approached Wesley Mission Queensland and started the successful ORCA project to help people like Jasmin become work-ready and enjoy a purposeful and independent future. "We work hard with families and the participants to help them to not just recognise work as an option, but to dream about the kind of work they really want to do," says Alison.

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Jack Pool

Stafford Meals on Wheels
Selfless. Kind. Funny

Jack Pool is older than most people he helps. The committee president of Stafford Meals on Wheels is in his late eighties but is always the first to put his hand up to help. Jack delivers nutritious and healthy meals to people who can't cook or shop for themselves. He loves to share a joke with his clients and other volunteers and is always happy to help with an odd job.
"As our logo says, 'we are more than just a meal'," Jack says. He started delivering meals as a volunteer in 1998 and was elected committee president in 2002.

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Tilly (Norma) Brasch

Hummingbird House
Committed. Compassionate. Conscientious

Tilly (Norma) Brasch dedicates herself to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Every Tuesday for the past two years, the 77-year-old has volunteered at Hummingbird House, Queensland's only hospice for children. Around 400 children and their families come to the house each year for short breaks, support or end-of-life care. Tilly is often seen nursing babies, playing dress-ups and games with siblings or providing care alongside nursing staff. Having lost her only son, Tilly has the most profound empathy for the families. "I do for them what I would do for my own family," she 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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