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 Innaloo. 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 Innaloo are:

Amanda Ellerby

HOPE
Passionate . Selfless . Driven

Social worker Amanda Ellerby is passionate about helping people who are homeless or at-risk to forge a better life.A coordinator with HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere), she ensures her team offers clients dignity as well as practical help such as sleeping bags, showers, food and toiletries. They also assist with some of the financial costs associated with obtaining and maintaining suitable accommodation. “I believe each person has within them something great to contribute to this world and I am passionate about helping people realise their worth and reach their potential,” says Amanda.

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 Amanda is successful, HOPE will be in a position to meet more requests for short-term accommodation, bond costs and help with bills. It will also be able to upskill volunteers and develop life skills workshops for clients.


Carilyn Holmes

Rebound
Committed . Selfless . Friendly

Carilyn Holmes was thrilled when the Australian wheelchair basketball team won gold at the Beijing Paralympics. A long-time volunteer with Rebound WA, she was there when many members of the gold-medal team first sat in a basketball wheelchair. Rebound has been helping people with a disability to live more active, fuller lives for 60 years and Carilyn has been volunteering for the state and national wheelchair basketball teams for 36 of those. “Being a small part of their mental and physical development, and even watching some of them achieve Paralympic success is something I’ll never forget,” 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 Carilyn is successful, Rebound WA will help cover a shortfall in funding for the state wheelchair and rugby programs. The grant will also go towards junior wheelchair court hire fees.


Hayden Glass

Red Frogs Australia
Remarkable . Generous . Leader

For the past 18 years, Hayden Glass has been keeping an ever-increasing number of young people safe.He is the coordinator of Red Frog WA and spoke to 15,000 school leavers in 2018 about making healthy choices about drinking and other intoxicants. After growing the volunteer team from 20 to 200, Hayden also expanded the program beyond the school gates to music festivals, sporting events and universities.“Our presence at events means that young people know that there are a group of people who have their back if something goes wrong,” 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 Hayden is successful, Red Frog will extend its outreach to more schools and student housing organisations in the Perth CBD.


Ken Raine

Lifeline
Innovative . Kind . Superhero

Ken Raine enjoys dressing up as different comic characters, but he has his youngest son to thank for his transformation into a fundraising superhero. The inspiration came at Comic-Con when Ken and his sons were swamped by people wanting photos of them in costume. His son mentioned they could raise money for charity if they charged a dollar per photo and Ken leapt into action, setting up the WA Team of Charity Heroes (WATCH) Network. “We donate our time to bring happiness to sick or less fortunate kids and raise money for good causes,” 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 Ken is successful, Lifeline WA will benefit from the grant, which it will use to fund its suicide-prevention hotline.


Lesley Cangemi

Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Services
Resilient . Compassionate . Dedicated

Lesley Cangemi is so dedicated to helping women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds that she stayed on as a volunteer when her paid job was lost due to funding cuts. Despite fragile health, the retired nurse and social worker seldom never misses a day’s work at Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Service. The all-women organisation offers clients culturally appropriate health and wellbeing services as well as vital help with navigating organisations such as Centrelink. “Watching the women grow, be empowered and build their capacity to develop social and employment skills is hugely satisfying,” says Lesley.

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 Lesley is successful, Ishar will be in a position to keep running its under-funded support group for women aged over 40, many of whom are isolated at home.


Rebecca Watson

Holy Rosary School
Inclusive . Dedicated . Inspiring

Rebecca Watson became a champion for children with special needs when her daughter Marlee was diagnosed with Rett syndrome. The little girl was unable to communicate until she received a computer that speaks for her. With Rebecca’s help, teachers and aides at the Holy Rosary School Doubleview are helping her daughter and other special needs children use the devices. “The more Marlee’s aides learnt, the more expressive she became. It allowed her to be seen and share her thoughts,” says Rebecca.She has now changed careers to help children who use communication devices at other schools.

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 Rebecca is successful, Holy Rosary School will put the money towards a wheelchair accessible Sway Fun Glider which allows two wheelchair users and up to eight other children to swing and play together.


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