Meet your local hero finalists

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Meet your local hero finalists

Read about your Westfield Local Hero finalists.

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 2019 nominees for Westfield Hornsby. Each of the affiliated organisations for the successful three heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Your Westfield Local Heroes will be announced here on 1 October

Your six finalists for Westfield Hornsby are:

Bill Bradley

Hornsby Connect
Inspirational . Friendly . Kind-hearted

Many people in Hornsby have had their day brightened by a friendly greeting from William (Bill) Bradley as he passes on his mobility scooter. The 83-year-old community leader has been a quadriplegic since he contracted polio at fourteen and has been involved in community service for sixty-five years, including as a founder volunteer at the popular Hornsby Connect drop-in centre. To many, his warm presence and positive attitude are as important as his work. “I demonstrate to the community what can be achieved with a disability and also provide a friendly ear,” he 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 Bill is successful, Hornsby Connect will put part of the grant towards a new delivery van and would use the rest to fund ongoing operational expenses.


Cherie Raffan

Ability Options
Sparkling . Professional . Committed

Cherie Raffan believes people should encourage and support each other to reach their potential. That’s an ethos she lives by every working day as an employment advisor for the Disability Employment Service at the Ability Options charity. Some of her clients are highly qualified but are struggling to find a position; others have never worked or have no recent work history. Many have a mental illness. Cherie treats each person as an individual and provides gentle and compassionate support.“We work actively towards building self-belief and work-readiness, and thereafter assist our clients into the workforce,” 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 Cherie is successful, Ability Options would be able to fund driving lessons for ten young clients whose employment prospects would be enhanced if they had a licence.


Dannielle Miller

Walk The Talk
Passionate . Determined . Innovative

Parenting author, entrepreneur and educator Dannielle Miller been appointed Education Officer for Women's Community Shelters and tasked with designing and implementing a domestic violence-prevention program. Named Walk The Talk, the program teaches students about respectful relationships, gender equality and being change-makers. Participants are encouraged to work with a local shelter for a year, providing services, fundraising and increasing awareness. “Our approach involves a shift towards a grass-roots method of addressing domestic and family violence rather than utilising a top-down, imposed strategy,” says Dannielle.Barker College, Asquith Boys and Pennant Hills High have participated so far.

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 Dannielle is successful, Walk The Talk will be in a position to reach an additional 400 students.


Elizabeth Campbell

Studio ARTES
Dedicated . Passionate . Driven

The first time Elizabeth Campbell visited Studio ARTES with her son, Josh, he was so happy that they had to visit again.Josh, who has autism and is twenty-four, became a member of the arts-based disability service in 2013 and has been happily attending ever since. Eventually, Elizabeth was volunteering three or four days a week, and she jumped at the opportunity when a part-time admin job came up. She still volunteers, helping members with everyday activities, working at community stalls and running the studio’s shop. “I love working with the members and staff,” 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 Elizabeth is successful, Studio ARTES will buy much-needed art supplies, tablet computers and a camera.


Kate Guild

BlowFly Cricket
Energetic . Selfless . Go-getter

Kate Guild loves sport and believes in breaking down barriers for children and young adults with special needs. That why she is the volunteer Director of Operations for Blowfly Cricket, which provides a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment in which people with disabilities can enjoy the sport. Participants don’t even have to play cricket if they don’t feel like it. They can watch, cheer on their friends, help with the BBQ and socialise. “The wonderful thing is the participants and their families are out being active and socialising in the community,” says Kate.

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 Kate is successful, Blowfly Cricket will invest in coaching courses, uniforms and equipment.


Peter Kirkwood

PCYC Hornsby
Committed . Persistent . Loyal

Peter Kirkwood has been involved with the Hornsby Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) for sixty years. In his youth, he achieved his black belt in karate there, and in the 1990s he coached his son’s basketball team.In 2002, he was appointed President of the club and persevered with a long and eventually successful campaign to replace the ageing George Street premises with a modern $15 million building. One of Peter’s priorities is inclusivity, and he has ensured the club is friendly to everyone, including the large Southeast Asian community living in local apartments.

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 Peter is successful, PCYC Hornsby will invest in gym equipment for younger children.


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