Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Innaloo.
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 42 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, we are awarding $1.26 million to 126 local organisations.
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.
Your three Westfield Innaloo Local Heroes are:
Telethon Speech & Hearing
Caring. Compassionate. Empathetic
Michelle Jamieson has a personal understanding of what parents may go through when their child is diagnosed with hearing loss or a speech and language delay. She experienced this journey with her own daughter's diagnosis more than 15 years ago.Michelle and her family received much-needed support from Telethon Speech & Hearing (TSH), a non-profit that offers essential early intervention and school support services. "The beginning of this journey is the hardest and darkest times in their lives. Inspired by her own experience, Michelle wanted to give back and started volunteering with TSH. She is now the Family Liaison Officer.Michelle has gone above and beyond supporting more than 2000 families over the past 13 years.
Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation
Role model. Passionate. Caring
Domestic violence survivor Rach Mac won't let others suffer in silence. Rach founded the Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation to help women formulate exit plans to escape and relocate. Once they do, she provides ongoing support. Rach arranges meals so families won't go hungry, and toiletries, clothing and furniture to help make their new home a sanctuary. Rach also provides much-needed emotional support, attending court as the women face their abuser in court. "I take victims and help make them empowered survivors," she says.
Western Australian Powerchair Football Association
Driven. Dedicated. Passionate
Rebecca Evans has nemaline myopathy and relies on an electric wheelchair to get around and a machine to help her breathe. Last year, Rebecca was named vice-captain of the Australian Under 21 Powerchair Football team, despite having played for only two years. She is also in the initial Poweroo squad for the 2021 Sydney World Cup. She is an enthusiastic member of several sports organisations and generous motivator of others. She is also a leader of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network. "I do what I do because helping people with disabilities is what I am passionate about," Rebecca says.
We congratulate all of our finalists and nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
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