Westfield Local Heroes 2019

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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.

Laura O'Reilly

Fighting Chance Australia
Passionate . Entrepreneurial . Determined

Laura O'Reilly’s brother Shane had profound cerebral palsy and inspired her to fight against the commercial exclusion of people with disabilities.
Although Shane was a dynamic young man with computer skills, there were desperately limited post-school opportunities for him.
Laura and her other brother, Jordan, set about creating a business that could support Shane to reach his potential. Sadly, Shane died in 2011.
Their goal lives on in Fighting Chance, of which Laura is CEO.
The non-profit organisation collaborates with others to build sustainable social enterprises to provide opportunities to people with disabilities.

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Terry Cornick

Mr Perfect
Empathetic . Motivated . Passionate

Terry Cornick felt uneasy when a friend teased him about being Mr Perfect and having it all. The friend did not know his history or his problems, and Terry wasn’t sure how to talk about them, or the pressure men can feel to be perfect. Mr Perfect was born when Terry opened up to his mates in the pub, and they had their own troubles to share. It is a community that reduces isolation in men by arranging BBQ get-togethers where friendships can form and people can share their mental health story if they wish.

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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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