Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists
In the first year of the Westfield Local Heroes program, we have received an overwhelming response and many heart-warming stories after asking the Hornsby community to nominate individuals who they believe promote social wellbeing and harmony in their communities.
We congratulate every one of our nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
The community has now cast their votes, the outcome of which will determine the three successful 2018 Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Hornsby. Each of their affiliated organisations will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work, program or activities.
The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 13 August.
Your six finalists for Westfield Hornsby are:
Bruce Campbell: Hornsby Woodworking Men’s Shed
Bruce is a foundation member and volunteer of Hornsby Woodworking Men’s Shed (HWMS). The foundation makes over 400 wooden toys each year, donating these to various charities over the Christmas period, along with providing specialised furniture and equipment for hospitals, rehabilitation centres and other local and regional organisations. Bruce is an integral part of the HWMS community, managing the collection of donated timbers, tools and supplies, as well as playing an active role in fundraising, club projects and mentoring of other members. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would assist in the purchase of new and effective materials, allowing an increase in HWMS’s output and ensuring that they can continue their charity work under safe operation.
Steve Hopwood: Hornsby Connect
Steve is the driving force behind Hornsby Connect, which provides a ‘hand up’ to community members in need, through subsidised food and fellowship. The 77-year-old is the founding member and president of Hornsby Connect, driving the initiative to help support over 370 people gain access to food. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would assist in the day-to-day operations of Hornsby Connect, as well as enabling the organisation to acquire much needed materials such as cooking appliances and storage and refrigeration facilities, ensuring that they can continue to support local community members in need.
Sallianne McClelland: Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
Sallianne leads the all-volunteer Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS) initiative, passionately working to provide temporary safe accommodation for homeless women, who are often fleeing domestic violence. Domestic violence has become a significant issue for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area, and according to crime statistics the local police spend more time on domestic violence assaults than any other type of violent crime. More than 259 women who have found themselves homeless or the victims of domestic violence have been given a new place to stay and hope for a new life thanks to the HKWS team. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would support a key shelter program called the empowerment pathway fund. This non-government funded program aims to empower women to create a sustainable future pathway, escaping domestic violence, by providing them with access to services such as education and vocational opportunities, medical and legal expenses and special needs funding.
Mark Rushton: BlowFly Cricket
Mark is the founder of BlowFly Cricket, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to non-competitive inclusive sport for children and young adults with special needs or intellectual disabilities. Mark founded the club 10 years ago, with the vision of breaking down barriers for children and young adults with disabilities including autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy. Under Mark’s direction, the club has grown to a volunteer base of over 50 strong, all who have the common goal of inclusion, and instilling a sense of self-belief and confidence in their young charges. A testament to the club’s success is recognition from Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia, who have developed a new resource based on the Blowfly model which will see other clubs around the country establish cricket teams for special needs children. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would facilitate the ongoing training and development of players, helping them obtain their coaching qualifications and allowing Blowfly Cricket to prosper and thrive over the next ten years.
Cathy Treay: Clarke Road School
Cathy is the Assistant Principal at Clarke Road School and is passionately leading a program to provide students with complex intellectual disabilities with life and work skills. Her aim is to prepare these students for life after school, often a very difficult transition, through giving them access to skills based learning. Cathy is described as being a leader in the school community, and an outstanding educator dedicated to improving the lives of students with disabilities. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would assist Cathy to establish the designated area at Clarke Road School for students of all ages, featuring both work skills class facilities and an agricultural space, offering them an opportunity to develop their work and life skills.
Rodney James: Studio ARTES
Rodney is a creative and passionate volunteer at Studio ARTES, assisting artists with disabilities to create beautiful artwork. Rodney goes above and beyond to help participants in a variety of ways, including helping to mix paints, setting up and cleaning work spaces, physically assisting them to paint and draw as well as providing any additional support where needed. An active member of the Studio ARTES initiative, Rodney also helps with exhibitions and field trips, where he always offers his positivity, friendship and emotional support. The $10,000 Westfield Local Hero grant would allow the establishment of the Making It program; a visual arts program encouraging up and coming artists to ‘make it’ on their own in the industry, through the acquisition of new skills.