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.
Got Your Back Sista
Dedicated . Supportive . Compassionate
Carly Reasbeck is a former Australian martial arts champion, but little compares to the pride she feels when helping women regain their confidence after domestic violence. Carly is a self-defence trainer at Got Your Back Sista and teaches women and girls how to protect themselves, which also improves their physical fitness and emotional well-being. “I am passionate about women's rights and empowering women through my work,” says Carly, who is a confidant, role-model and mentor to her students. Her lessons support the organisation’s goal of helping women to lead socially connected lives free from violence.
NSW Police Legacy
Industrious . Compassionate . Dependable
Philippa Woolf was a member of the NSW Police for 26 years until her retirement in 2010 and her husband is still a police officer. Soon after her retirement, she volunteered for the NSW Police Legacy, which is the charity for the NSW Police Force and their families. Since then, Philippa has been working tirelessly across the Hunter region to ensure that everyone receives the care they deserve. She is patient and compassionate and regularly checks in on people of all ages and provides the charity with updates on their needs.
Compassionate . Hardworking . Generous
Steve Poulton was a rugby league star who won grand finals with Wests Newcastle in the 1980s, however, he also partook in unhealthy behaviours during this time. He has since given up his unhealthy habits and for the past 14 years has been volunteering for 20 hours a week at the Soul Café charity, collecting donated food from restaurants and cooking breakfasts for homeless people. “I like talking to the different people who come in. Some of these guys have no one else to talk to,” Steve says. “I also like working with the other volunteers.”
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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