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.
Compassionate . Understanding . Caring
Kim Hiron knows firsthand that granting a sick child’s wish does more than create a special moment; it can help them heal. She has dedicated countless hours over many years to Make-A-Wish Australia and is a leader at the South Sydney branch. As a former Wish mum herself, she has experienced the positive impact wishes can have on children and their families.“My greatest joy is being able to help grant cherished wishes,” says Kim, a teacher and loves working with children and builds personal connections with the families she helps.
Humble . Genuine . Driven
Rob Cook is on a mission to supply healthy hot meals to hungry people in the Sutherland Shire, but his work is about more than food.Rob is a founding member of the Sutherland team at One Meal – It Makes a Difference, leading a group of volunteers who provide up to 60 meals a week to people experiencing homelessness.Food is just one aspect of the task. The volunteers also help patrons find services to get back on their feet.“Our ultimate aim is to assist and support our patrons to return to independence,” Rob says.
Shimmy Shakes Dance Studio
Strong . Generous . Amazing
Shantelle Tagg believes no one should be stopped from enjoying the magic of dance because of disabilities or a lack of money. She operates Shimmy Shakes Dance Studio, which keeps its fees low and welcomes dancers who cannot join regular classes. Her uniquely inclusive classes have sign language interpreters, a high staff to student ratio and a low-sensory environment designed for children who would be overwhelmed in conventional studios. “By creating an inclusive program, we aim to break down barriers for children with challenges,” says Shantelle, a former professional dancer whose oldest daughter is disabled.
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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