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.
Wheelchair Sports NSW
Dedicated . Committed . Generous
Many people who have tried wheelchair sports in the eastern suburbs have been encouraged by Craig Jarvis.By day, he helps patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital learn how to use a wheelchair. After work, he often introduces newly disabled people to wheelchair sports and has been a volunteer for Wheelchair Sports NSW for thirty-nine years. Every Wednesday night, he runs a wheelchair basketball scrimmage at Daceyville PCYC. “My aim is to give people with physical disabilities opportunities to engage in various wheelchair sports for all the things that sport can provide,” says Craig.
Fun-Loving . Compassionate . Encouraging
Make-A-Wish Australia touches a chord on many levels for Emma Levett, who is President of the charity’s central Sydney branch. One of her many roles is to visit families in their homes to capture children’s wishes and make them come true. During these visits, she is often reminded how small amounts of kindness, love, compassion and fun can help the whole a family. On a personal level, Emma grew up with a sister who had a life-threatening illness. “It gives me an insight into how many of the families who I meet are struggling,” she says.
Compassionate . Committed . Experienced
As a Wiradjuri woman, midwife Kate Williams has cultural insight that makes the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick more welcoming to Indigenous mothers. Kate provides culturally sensitive care at Malabar Midwives and has helped triple the number of Indigenous women giving birth at the hospital over the past twelve years. This leads to healthier babies and mothers, many of whom breastfeed and make healthy lifestyle choices. “Unfortunately, Aboriginal women still face prejudice within the mainstream health system. If they do not feel comfortable with the service, they will not use it,” says Kate.
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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