Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield 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 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 Liverpool Local Heroes are:
The Dream Project
Cheerful . Motivational . Inspiring
Despite working in a demanding full-time executive role, Agnes Barnard managed to set up the Dream Project four years ago to help school students from refugee backgrounds integrate into the Australian community. The charity’s volunteers are university students and young professionals who provide practical study support as well as motivational support in programs run at several schools. “Our refugee students easily relate to our volunteers because of their warmth, empathy and closeness in age. Students become more engaged in school and are more open-minded about what they can become,” says Agnes.
South West Multicultural & Community Centre
Motivated . Passionate . Committed
Jannike Seiuli helped her community-worker parents from a young age and developed a passion for giving to others. Her other big passions are her Maori Samoan community and culture, as well as singing, dancing and event management. Eight years ago, Jannike pulled it all together and staged her first Pacific Runway fashion show to provide a platform for designers with a Pacific heritage.It started slowly, but the annual non-profit show now attracts international attention and features 23 designers and 95 models from around Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.
Youth Off The Streets
Passionate . Dedicated . Engaged
Siarn White was a head chef at a busy restaurant and particularly enjoyed training the apprentices.She then studied and became a high school teacher for eight years, developing a passion for helping troubled teens. Next came a move into youth work. That’s how Siarn arrived at Youth Off the Streets, first as a volunteer and now as a teacher at Eden College, where she has introduced creative classes to give young people a second chance at education and fulfilment. One innovation is a hospitality qualification, which will increase her students’ chances of finding employment.
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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