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.
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Glenn Willmann OAM
Dedicated . Honourable . Committed
Glenn Willmann served in the Australian Army for 32 years. However, he wants to give back and has been an active member of Legacy since 2005. He has organised ANZAC Day parades, fundraising concerts, guest speaking roles at civic functions and radio and newspaper interviews to publicise the needs of veterans. One of Glenn’s responsibilities is to look after the interests of 250 widows and families in the Morayfield/Caboolture area. He contacts each one regularly to ensure they are directed to the appropriate financial and other assistance that is available to them.
Compassionate . Purposeful . Tireless
Janine Sigley has devoted almost 10 years to ensuring that children are not left behind in literacy. She does this through the Story Dogs charity she co-founded, which uses 445 trained dogs and volunteer handlers to encourage 2200 primary school children a week to read. The charity works closely with teachers, who select children with low self-esteem and low reading levels to read to the dogs in a private session in a quiet area of the school. The children have fun interacting with a friendly, non-judgmental dog, which boosts their confidence and improves their reading.
A Brave Life
Passionate . Inspiring . Brave
Judgmental people criticised Melissa Redsell when she became pregnant at high school and accused her of ruining her life. But she proved them wrong and went on to complete a nursing degree and qualify as a midwife. Melissa knows that the best way for teen and young mothers to succeed is to finish high school, and she started A Brave Life charity to share her own story as inspiration for local girls at Deception Bay High. “My aim is to see that teenage and young mothers have the support they need,” she says.
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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