Meet your Westfield Local Hero Finalists
In the first year of the Westfield Local Heroes program, we have received an overwhelming response and many heart-warming stories after asking the Marion community to nominate individuals who they believe promote social wellbeing and harmony in their communities.
We congratulate every one of our nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
The community has now cast its vote, the outcome of which will determine the three successful 2018 Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Marion. Each of their affiliated organisations will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work, program or activities.
The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 13 August.
Your six finalists for Westfield Marion are:
Jenny Joy: Parents Who Have Been There
Compassionate. Selfless. Generous.
Jenny founded and continues to run Parents Who Have Been There (PWHBT), a not-for-profit charity comprising a group of Adelaide parents who have had their babies born prematurely and/or sick needing Neonatal Care. Jenny organises and coordinates all PWHBT activities, such as fundraising, baking and coordinating volunteers. If successful, the $10,000 grant would help provide dinners and morning teas for parents in Adelaide neonatal units where they can gain support from other 'parents who have been there' and form support networks.
Janine McIntosh: Port Noarlunga Sea Scout Group
Committed. Selfless. Determined.
The Port Noarlunga Sea Scout Group provides youth development opportunities to build resilient and confident boys and girls aged 6 to 25 in the Joey Scout, Cub Scout, Scout, Venturer Scout and Rover Scout sections. Janine provides effective leadership to their scout group and supports Scout Leaders, adult helpers and group committee members to ensure that the group operates effectively for the youth members. If successful, the $10,000 is proposed to be spent on purchasing new equipment for use there and other future events.
Lorraine Rayner: International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Hardworking. Resilient. Compassionate.
The International Order of the Rainbow Girls is a youth group for girls from the ages of 7 to 21 years old, with the main focus being to instil members with a community ethos through service within the community, volunteering within and fundraising for various local charities. As one of the groups senior adult mentors, Lorraine works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the organisation and its members reach their full potential. If successful, the $10,000 grant would be able to be self-sustaining and fundraising would have a greater focus on charities.
Ben Scales: Time for Kids
Committed. Selfless. Humble.
Time for Kids delivers life-changing programs in support of vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australian children and young people. Ben plays a pivotal leadership role in Time for Kids through involvement in their board, which he has been a member of since 2009, including over five years’ service in the role of chair. If successful, the $10,000 grant would be invested directly into the delivery of long-term support to the hundreds of children and volunteer carers and mentors who have been matched in long-term respite placements through Time for Kids.
Jannet Stolinski: Lutheran Community Care
Devoted. Passionate. Generous.
Lutheran Community Care provides hope and connection to newly arrived, refugee families and individuals by supporting them with orientation to Australian society. Jannet personally meets with individuals and families to discuss their situation and requirements, to explore opportunities for development and growth, and to offer information and assistance that addresses their needs. If successful, the grant will be spent on a program of community orientation for isolated new migrant and refugee women living in southern Adelaide.
Melanie Tate: Puddle Jumpers Inc.
Driven. Selfless. Passionate.
Puddle Jumpers Inc. is an Adelaide Not-For-Profit charity, which provides camps, activities and a huge range of other support services for children/youths (particularly those not living with their birth parents) and families, who are experiencing disadvantage in various forms. As Founder of Puddle Jumpers Inc., Melanie works tirelessly to promote the organisation and its' myriad of support services to South Australia. If successful, the $10,000 grant would help complete much-needed renovations at Puddle Jumpers' campsite at Clayton Bay, to create a safer and more welcoming environment for volunteers and participants.