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 West Lakes. 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 West Lakes are:

Alipate Carlile

Power Community
Passionate . Inclusive . Inspiring

As a retired Port Adelaide Football Club player and multicultural ambassador for AFL, Alipate Carlile is the perfect person to promote social wellbeing and harmony among high school boys and girls from diverse backgrounds.He does this through his key role in implementing the Power Intercultural Program on behalf of Power Community.The program uses AFL and the football club as catalysts for social connection and acceptance. “The aim is to create a welcoming environment that is willing and able to work with the young people to help them achieve their individual goals,” says Alipate.

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 Alipate is successful, Power Community will be able to extend the program to be delivered to four additional schools, benefiting up to 80 students and four teachers.


Barry Nitschke

Le Fevre Community Children's Centre
Generous . Selfless . Hardworking

Barry Nitschke lives next door to the Le Fevre Community Children's Centre and has been helping out in one way or another since it opened in 1969.His volunteering became more formal and regular when he retired from his job as a port worker about 30 years ago.He’s a 24-hour caretaker, bike and toy repairman, groundsman and sausage sizzle turner. Not only that, he shares his yard with the centre, allowing the children to play under his large Norfolk pine.“By doing all these jobs I save the centre a few bob,” he 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 Barry is successful, Le Fevre Community Children's Centre will be able to replace its damaged storage shed and lay more grass for the children to play on.


Carolina Correa Posada

Portlife Church
Selfless . Compassionate . Inspirational

When Carolina Correa Posada emigrated from Colombia with her Australian husband and baby 10 years ago, she was sad to leave her family.She struggled with English and felt so isolated that she cried every day. Her life improved when the Portlife Church launched its Green Monkeys play group for pre-schoolers and their carers, where she found companionship and support. She quickly became a regular volunteer at the twice-weekly group, giving back to other parents over several years.This made her the obvious choice when a paid position to coordinate the program came up.

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 Caroline is successful, Portlife Church will improve Green Monkeys with new furniture, interactive toys and musical instruments.


Kym Meers

The Epilepsy Centre SA
Humble . Devoted . Selfless

Kym Meers could not find guidance and support when her daughter Izla was diagnosed with a catastrophic form of epilepsy at the age of four months. She decided she wanted to save other families from the same anguish and founded a movement known as Izla's Purple Crusade in honour of her daughter. In the past six years, Kym has raised more than $140,000 to support children and families with Epilepsy all over South Australia. “We bring communities together,” says Kym, whose work is closely aligned with The Epilepsy Centre SA. “Our journey has created a huge amount of awareness, understanding and fundraising.”

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 Kym is successful, The Epilepsy Centre SA will use the grant to fund support programs for children, youth and families.


Rikki Cooke

Treasure Boxes
Passionate . Dedicated . Kind

Social worker and regular foster carer Rikki Cooke has a phenomenal drive to nurture children in need. Following a challenging experience when four emergency foster children arrived without any necessities, Rikki started a charity, Treasure Boxes, that provides free clothing, toys, books, linen, cots, car seats, prams and homewares to families escaping domestic violence or for children going into foster care. “I created Treasure Boxes based on a huge need in the community to give back while acknowledging that there are over 22,500 children living in disadvantage in South Australia alone,” says Rikki.

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 Rikki is successful, Treasure Boxes will engage a fundraising and event manager to coordinate a large-scale fundraising event aimed at bringing in $30,000 and boosting awareness about the charity.


Tricia Flowers

Enlighten Education
Passionate . Dedicated . Creative

Tricia Flowers has always been passionate about encouraging women in business, sport and the media. As a mum to two young children, Tricia has now turned her passion towards the wellbeing of children. She is an active advocate and gets involved in many local causes. These include volunteering for the Kids Matter mental health and wellbeing initiative, volunteering as a sports coach, advocating and encouraging girls and women to succeed in life and business.Through her business, Enlighten Education, Tricia partners with schools to present award winning workshops for teenage girls, providing tools and resources to setting them up for success. Enlighten workshops cover topics such as; promoting positive body image; positive self-talk; peer pressure; personal safety; stress management; conflict resolution and having healthy friendships.

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 Tricia is successful, Enlighten Education will provide its Butterfly Effect program to a number of local schools and sporting groups and over 300 girls.


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