Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield 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 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 Innaloo Local Heroes are:
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.
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.
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.
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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