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Westfield Local Heroes 2019

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that connects and enriches communities in Australia and New Zealand. The program discovers and celebrates individuals who make a positive impact to their local community and/or environment.

For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here.

Amanda Ellerby

__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.

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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.

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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.

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Recognising all our 2019 nominees

We congratulate all of our finalists and nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
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