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Presenting your 2020 Westfield Local Heroes

We are excited to announce your three 2020 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Liverpool.

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 Liverpool Local Heroes are:

Elizabeth Wicks

The Smith Family
Selfless. Positive. Compassionate

Elizabeth Wicks has worked for The Smith Family for many years and goes above and beyond to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed at school.
Elizabeth helps more than 400 local students through the Learning for Life program, which has three long-term pillars: attendance at school, completion of Year 12 and post-school work, study or training. Elizabeth embraces the cultural diversity of the area. "Working with families from such culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds requires constant training on my part so I can ensure the programs I am offering are relevant and take into consideration their unique circumstances," she says.

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Malaemie (Mal) Fruean

South West Multicultural and Community Centre Inc
Passionate. Selfless. Committed

Malaemie (Mal) Fruean thrives on being a community connector and has helped many people during a volunteering and professional career that spans more than 20 years. Mal is CEO of the South West Multicultural and Community Centre, where she takes a personal interest in everyone who walks through the door. Mal listens to what people want and guides them into the centre's many programs. If needed, she connects them with her extensive network of trusted service providers. "It is a blessing to do this work, and the reward is being able to open up a pathway for people," Mal says.

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Myrna Dominguez

Autism Advisory & Support Service
Passionate. Dedicated. Gutsy

During her working day and after hours, special education teacher Myrna Dominguez tries to improve the quality of life of families living with autism. Myrna has been working in the disability field for over 20 years and has been with the Autism Advisory & Support Service for 4.5 years. Myrna delivers behavioural support and social skills programs to primary and high school students. She also works with teachers to develop specific learning plans for students with autism and provides mentoring and training to carers, educators and disability staff. Out of work hours, she supports overwhelmed parents, making phone calls to arrange access to much-needed funding and services.

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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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