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 Tea Tree Gully 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 Tea Tree Plaza. 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 Tea Tree Plaza are:
Lenae Bradbury: Salisbury High School
Dedicated. Selfless. Vibrant.
Lenae is involved in Salisbury High Schools Student Representative Council (SRC) as a volunteer and has recognised the need to help students who were lonely, isolated or being bullied. Lenae has gathered a team around her, working tirelessly to build a safe space for students. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would help Lenae make improvements to the space and help to provide additional resources.
John Flack: Pathway Communities
Tireless. Servant. Embracing.
John leads the team at The Pathway Community Centre, a safe refuge, and source of community and inclusion in the local area. He gives those in need a 'hands up' by giving them the opportunity to serve as volunteers at the centre and engage with others in a meaningful and safe way. If announced as a Westfield Local Hero, the $10,000 grant would enable John and the team to renew the Pathway Centre, which is in need of some paint and care to continue its role as a hub of help and harmony in the community.
Mary Galouzis: Talk Out Loud
Inspirational. Empathetic. Passionate.
As the volunteer CEO of Talk Out Loud, Mary works tirelessly to assist youth in crisis or a parent concerned for their child’s safety and mental health. She ensures that young people are given the tools to help themselves and acts as a friendly ear for those in need. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would assist Talk Out Loud in sponsoring attendance at training courses, assist in funding retreats and camps and continue to provide a space for people to meet and connect in a safe and supportive environment.
Frank Jackowiak: Make-A-Wish Australia
Committed. Calm. Approachable
Frank founded the Adelaide branch of the Make-A-Wish foundation over 31 years ago, and has worked tirelessly to grant wishes to critically sick children with life-threatening illnesses in the Adelaide region. Together with the team, Frank has helped to grant 779 cherished wishes, and is described as part of the backbone of not only the Adelaide branch but Make-A-Wish as a whole. The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant would help Frank and the team make more wishes come true.
Lachlan Miller: SA Health, Hamstead Rehabilitation Centre
Confident. Compassionate. Caring.
After a car accident left Lachlan with a brain injury, he spent some time as a patient in the Hamstead Rehabilitation Centre. Lachlan now volunteers his time to connecting with others who have suffered from brain injury, spending quality time organising group outings. The $10,000 grant would support Lachlan in establishing an ongoing social program for brain injury patients allowing them to socially interact with other patients whilst re-gaining skills that they may have lost through their injury.
Rachel Zaltron: Back Pack 4 SA Kids
Inspirational. Tireless. Committed.
Rachel founded Back Packs 4 SA Kids an effort to assist displaced and vulnerable children. Her dream of helping a few vulnerable and often forgotten children now has state-wide reach, a large warehouse where all the sorting, packing and dispatch takes place, and a large group of dedicated volunteers. The $10,000 grant would provide invaluable assistance to help fund 1,000 backpacks and 200 pairs of pyjamas for children in need.