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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 27 October.

Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2020 nominees for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.


Your finalists for Westfield North Lakes are:

Father Daniel (Dan) Berris

The Lakes Anglican Church
Strong. Compassionate. Giving

Father Dan Berris stands out for his gentle-giant stature, love of motorcycles and tattoos, but also for the good he does. The Lakes Anglican Church priest runs the Lakes Pantry, where he gives out food to families.
Father Dan can often be seen in coffee shops having a chat with people in crisis, and his phone number is widely available. He raises money for a domestic violence shelter, offers BBQ dinner on Christmas Day and runs a youth program. “I have had the privilege of being a part of supporting practical and spiritual growth for the benefit of the local community,” Father Dan says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Father Dan is successful, The Lakes Anglican Church will use its grant to expand the social impact of our pantry and youth program by employing facilitators to develop these so they can offer greater support to the community.


Danielle Hannah

Jack Reed Foundation
Compassionate. Positive. Hardworking

Danielle Hannah is using her barber skills to give homeless people dignity through a haircut. Each year she provides free haircuts to more than 1000 people through the non-profit she co-founded, the Jack Reed Foundation. Danielle and her volunteers head out into the community with a trailer that has a retro barbershop feel and is designed to ensure homeless people receive quality haircuts. “We are dedicated to helping people restore their sense of dignity and to finding pathways to making transformational change in their lives,” she says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Danielle is successful, the Jack Reed Foundation will use its grant to fit out its first shipping container as a pop-up barbershop.


Jodie Melissa Hollis-Tobin

Preterm Infants' Parents' Association Inc (PIPA)
Caring. Committed. Friendly

As the mother of five children who were born prematurely, Jodie Melissa Hollis-Tobin knows what to say to comfort parents who are struggling after a preterm birth. She was 19 when her first child was born at just 33 weeks. Another child was born on the edge of viability at 23 weeks, while her fourth child sadly did not make it. Jodie feels compelled to support other parents through the Preterm Infants' Parents' Association Inc (PIPA). "Listening and lending a shoulder for a parent to have a cry on is a very important part of this work," she says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Jodie is successful, PIPA will use its grant to give direct assistance to families in need, such as breast pumps and transport to hospital.


John Taylor

Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Kind-hearted. Selfless. Dedicated

John Taylor started helping 17 families with food parcels last year, but his popular service has grown to 80. "Our volunteers pick up our food supplies from food-bank Second Bite, and we purchase eggs and margarine from the local supermarkets," says John, who is a project manager for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. The families pay $10 for their food parcels, which include a basket of dry goods, fruit and vegetables, margarine and some frozen food. "We have been told by many of our customers that our service has been essential to them," says John.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If John is successful, Adventist Development Relief Agency will use its grant to install a cold room.


Maria Williamson

Redcliffe State High School
Passionate. Engaging. Tireless

Deputy principal Maria Williamson's efforts to encourage students to respect each other are paying off in spades, both at schools and in the wider community. Instead of focusing on a negative message, such as anti-bullying, she co-founded a project to help students understand and show respect. Redcliffe State High School's Respect – Commit to It project has now spread to day-care centres, primary schools, sporting clubs and other high schools. "The project is developing a community that is respectful of others, despite differences or backgrounds," Maria says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Maria is successful, Redcliffe State School will be used to assist the Respect Project to implement programs for students including investigating Certificate II in Volunteering for students.


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