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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 27 October.

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 2020 nominees for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.


Your finalists for Westfield Woden are:

Jessica (Jess) Kercher

Camp Quality
Dedicated. Passionate. Selfless

Jessica (Jess) Kercher is a dedicated supporter and fundraiser for Camp Quality, a charity that gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again. After watching her 2-year-old daughter fight an aggressive cancer diagnosis, Jess knows firsthand the impact Camp Quality has. For the last 10 years, Jess has been dedicated to fundraising and sharing her story to help families just like hers. Jess's bravery has raised enough funds to give hundreds of kids and families facing a cancer diagnosis the opportunity to go on a Camp Quality program. "Camp Quality's main focus is creating laughter. We truly believe laughter is the best medicine," says Jess.

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 Jess is successful, Camp Quality will use its grant to give kids facing cancer opportunities to laugh again, on a Kids Camp, Family Camp or Family Fun Day.


Kristine Hewett

Adamas Nexus support group
Kind. Tenacious. Motivated

Kristine Hewett is known for her big heart and charitable nature. Despite working full-time, she co-founded the Adamas Nexus to provide long-term peer support for women survivors of domestic violence and abuse. There are many crisis services in Canberra, but Kristine noticed a lack of support groups to complement the care provided by mental health professionals. Adamas Nexus has been running for two years and offers two well-frequented groups a month in central and south Canberra. The group helps women to heal collectively by helping others and to reignite positive feelings, passion and power, Kristine 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 Kristine is successful, Adamas Nexus will use its grant to provide an online facility for busy people and others who are not able to attend the group in person.


Lachlan Finlayson

St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc
Tenacious. Empathetic. Selfless

Registered Nurse Lachlan Finlayson is a single parent and still manages to volunteer to help the Canberra community with St John Ambulance Australia. He is a natural leader and is always willing to take on extra tasks. One of the most exhausting but satisfying experiences of his life was being deployed to Narooma and Bega during the recent bushfires. He and his team were meant to be there for 24 hours but spent five days saving lives and treating injuries. "I am grateful to St John for providing me with this opportunity to give back to my community," Lachlan 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 Lachlan is successful, the grant will be a much-needed lifeline for St John Ambulance, which will replace equipment and supplies used in the bushfires.


Marcia Williams

Women's Centre for Health Matters Inc (WCHM)
Passionate. Compassionate. Driven

Marcia Williams has been a steadfast and influential campaigner for women's rights for more than a decade. As CEO of the Women's Centre for Health Matters (WCHM), Marcia is passionate about ensuring the ACT community hears the voices of women, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalised. Marcia has made many contributions that are fundamental to promoting women's health, wellbeing and inclusion and ensuring women have reliable health information. "I have ensured that WCHM has developed a reputation for being the place to go to for evidence and data about women in the ACT and their needs and views," Marcia 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 Marcia is successful, the WCHM will use its grant to contribute to help fund staff costs and printing and design.


Michelle Barclay

Canberra Community Law
Committed. Compassionate. Driven

Michelle Barclay is an empathetic, hands-on-lawyer who goes out of her way to support vulnerable people. She started at Canberra Community Law as a volunteer, but her charitable work has become her career. One of Michelle's wins is helping prevent women in prison from being evicted from their homes. "This has meant that these women have somewhere to be released to and ensures that their children can return to their family home," she says. Michelle also helps people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness access legal help and obtain documents to access support. "The amazing thing about my work is that it often positively impacts my clients, and, in some cases, can be life-changing," says Michelle.

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 Michelle is successful, Canberra Community Law will be able to keep its prison program running for another three months.


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