Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Hurstville.
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 three Westfield Hurstville Local Heroes are:
2nd Mortdale Group
Committed . Inspiring . Resourceful
Not only is Craig Scott a widowed dad raising two sons while working full-time for Sydney Trains. He is also a Scout leader for his group of girls and boys and a regional Special Needs Advisor, helping to make Scouts inclusive for as many people as possible.One of his roles is to provide group leaders with strategies to cater for Scouts with special needs. “My aim is to provide opportunities for each Scout to challenge themselves physically and intellectually, develop leadership skills and feel a sense of belonging and community,” says Craig.
Macedonian Australian Welfare Association
Committed . Self-sacrificing . Devoted
Like many Macedonian immigrants, Kiro Pasovski arrived in Australia in the 1960s with only a suitcase. He worked in factories and built a life for himself and his family, rising to a senior position at the Rockdale City Council where he was in charge of 40 parks. He also immersed himself in the Macedonian community and has been a volunteer for eight charities. Now in his eighties, he is proud to have been a founding member of the Macedonian Australian Welfare Association (MAWA) more than 30 years ago and is still on the board.
Passionate . Innovative . Inclusive
Meni Pefkos lives and breathes diversity and inclusion. This passion led to the launch of her social enterprise, Diversity Kids, which provides bilingual and Indigenous support teams to schools and children's services. They help educators to include children who are facing barriers to participation because of language, culture or disability. "We all know that feeling included and having a sense of belonging contribute to our wellbeing,” says Meni. “Children from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities may require additional support and a voice to enable their full inclusion and authentic participation.”
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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