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Last chance to vote for your Westfield Local Hero​

It only takes a minute to recognise and give back to someone in your community who is doing amazing work. Vote for your Westfield Local Hero today.

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals and their organisations in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.

The Westfield Local Hero finalist with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

This year Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totaling $1.26 million. Now in its 5th year, the Westfield Local Heroes program will have contributed $6.14M to more than 530 successful Local Hero organisations since it began.

Voting closes 22 August


VOTE NOW! Your finalists for Westfield Hornsby are:

Helen Jarvis

KYDS Youth Development Service
Compassionate. Energetic. Humble

Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the Year Helen Jarvis works tirelessly as Chair of KYDS Youth Development Service, which provides free mental health support to hundreds of young people in northern Sydney. KYDS encourages people to reach out for help early, and Helen does whatever she can to ensure that all young people have access to barrier-free, tailored counselling.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Hornsby Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Helen is successful, KYDS Youth Development Service will use the funds to provide 125 counselling services to young people.

Rebecca Holton

Catholic Care Homelessness Team
Innovative. Compassionate. Dedicated

Rebecca Holton has responded to a community need as the driving force for Dom’s Place, a new CatholicCare hub that provides social support and connection for homeless people and those facing isolation. Anyone can pop into the Hornsby hub for a meal, to wash their clothes or to access support.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Hornsby Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Rebecca is successful, CatholicCare will use the funds to help cover rent for the hub.

Tyson Makin

StreetWork Australia
Passionate. Energetic. Dedicated

Dedicated youth case worker Tyson Makin uses his optimistic outlook to inspire vulnerable young people to make positive changes. In his role at StreetWork Australia, Tyson mentors at-risk local young people to resolve their troubles with the police, get back to school, find counselling, leave drugs behind or find a safe place to stay.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Hornsby Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Tyson is successful, StreetWork Australia will use its funds to buy equipment and pay the staff costs of extending the services that Tyson and the team provide.


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