Meet your local hero finalists

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Meet your local hero finalists

Read about your Westfield Local Hero finalists

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 2019 nominees for Westfield Tea Tree Plaza. Each of the affiliated organisations for the successful three heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. In total, Westfield will be awarding 120 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.2 million.

Your Westfield Local Heroes will be announced here on 1 October

Your six finalists for Westfield Tea Tree Plaza are:

Alexandra McGee

Welcoming Australia
Unstoppable . Imaginative . Creative

To Alexandra McGee, the things that unite people are far more relevant than those that divide. Guided by that philosophy, the inspiring teacher has taken a group of 15 refugees and migrants under her wing in her 12-month Intercultural Futures program. Alexandra started by understanding the interests of each of her participants, aged 18 to 30. She then developed the program around them and found mentors for each one.“I can see we are making a difference,” says Alexandra, who is impressed by the cohesive, resilient and questioning group that has developed during the 12-month program.

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 Alexandra is successful, Welcoming Australia will use its grant to help fund various workshops for the next group of participants, who are from Australian communities, including the First Nations. The present participants will return as mentors.


Christopher Lynch

Golden Grove Cricket Club
Valued . Dedicated . Proud

Christopher Lynch founded the Golden Grove Cricket Club more than 20 years ago and is as enthusiastic as ever. Early on, he, his sons and other members converted the club to a turf wicket. At times, he used his own money to fund the club through periods of financial instability. Christopher believes participation in community cricket aids inclusion into the local community and Golden Grove is actively recruiting Indian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghani and Pakistani cricketers. He wants every cricketer to feel welcome at the club regardless of gender, cultural background or skill level.

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 Christopher is successful, the cricket club will use its grant towards replacing its ageing roller or the cost of a new wicket.


Damien Walker

Salisbury City Rotaract Club
Persevering. Diligent . Compassionate

Damien Walker’s mission in life is to donate his time to improve his community. As President of the Salisbury City Rotaract Club for people aged 18 to 30, the 23-year-old teacher and life coach is doing that and more. The club gives young people from all backgrounds an opportunity to develop themselves and give back to the community. “Our organisation is a platform where diversity thrives and where young people can learn, develop and lead,” Damien says. “As an openly gay man, I show people they can rise above perceived adversity to be a success.”

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 Damien is successful, the club will use its grant to improve its youth training and development program, expand the reach of its service, improve its support of young people to create community projects with positive outcomes and to support external groups.


Dorothy Crosby

SIDS and Kids SA
Life-saving . Selfless . Dedicated

Dorothy Crosby is on standby 24 hours a day to be there for strangers in their hour of need. She provides bereavement support to grieving parents and their families following the death of a child under the age of seven. “A child's death is one of the most devastating losses to experience and by being available to support and guide families during this crisis in their life, they are able to grieve safely and be supported for the duration of their need,” says Dorothy, who is a professional counsellor for SIDS and Kids SA.

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 Dorothy is successful SIDS and Kids SA will use its grant to continue running its counselling service as it receives no government funding.


Stacey Mousley

Talk Out Loud
Trustworthy . Selfless . Caring

Stacey Mousley is a brave and resilient young woman who has had more than her share of adversity. But she’s determined to give back and dedicates her spare time volunteering, wanting to make a positive and lasting impact on her community. She lost her cousin and a close friend to suicide, and one of her passions is suicide prevention, so she volunteers at Talk Out Loud, where she helps provide a safe space for young people who are struggling with a crisis. “We also try and reach parents of children with mental health issues,” says Stacey.

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 Stacey is successful Talk Out Loud will use its grant to fund camps, set up a website, buy signage for its premises and run weekly events, including bogan bingo nights.


Stephanie Malan

The Village Co SA
Kind . Determined . Passionate

Stephanie Malan never set out to start a charity but, as a midwife, she could not stop herself from feeling heartbroken by new mums who did not have the essentials needed to care for themselves and their babies. Now the mother of two runs The Village Co SA from her family home, sourcing donations and distributing bags of necessities to close to 1,000 new mums a year. The grateful recipients are typically living with financial strain, domestic violence or mental illness. They may also be teenage mothers or refugees.

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 Stephanie is successful Village Co SA will use its grant to rent storage space and to achieve its goal of providing bags to mothers at a third hospital.


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