Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your four 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Fountain Gate.
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 40 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, we are awarding $1.2 million to 120 local organisations.
In February 2020, we will open nominations for the 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference
Your four Westfield Fountain Gate Local Heroes are:
Passionate . Positive . Persevering
Daniel Beeson grew up amid adversity and has taken some wrong turns. But he has always landed on his feet and learnt lessons from his experiences.He uses his life experience to help vulnerable young people do the best they can for themselves and is a dedicated mentor and coach. Daniel was a volunteer for three years at TRY Australia before he was employed as mentoring coordinator. In this role, he has developed positive connections with key stakeholders and established mentoring programs for seven schools across Melbourne’s south-east in just four months.
Operation Newstart Casey
Patient . Caring . Inspirational
James Seeary worked in formal education for 10 years before moving to Operation Newstart Casey, where he is Program Manager and has been helping at-risk youth for the past 12 years.Despite his senior position, he engages directly with participants. “I enjoy getting out and getting dirty along-side the young people engaged in our adventure activities and this, in turn, enables me to build strong and trusting relationships.” As a result, he has become a caring father figure for many of the more than 350 young people who have completed programs over the years.
Dedicated . Energetic . Passionate
Judy Martin has always felt compelled to help those in need.In 1994 an opportunity arose to open an op shop with volunteers from different churches and community organisations to raise funds to provide food vouchers to people in need. Judy jumped at the chance and has been volunteering for more than five days a week ever since. The organisation has expanded over the decades, and Judy now leads a team of more than 100 professional volunteers providing a range of services for families in crisis in the Endeavour Hills, Lysterfield and Doveton communities.
Abacus Learning Centre
Inspirational . Intense . Forward-thinking
Lauren Moore’s world was turned upside down when a paediatrician gave her 18-month old son an autism diagnosis and said he would never speak or have meaningful relationships. The only advice offered was to find good respite services.Lauren had never heard of autism and had to look it up in the dictionary. Then she researched how to give Billy the best chance she could.She discovered ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) therapy and started using the method at home with Billy.Other parents were impressed with his progress and asked Lauren to help their children.
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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