North Lakes recognises local heroes

August 8, 2018 by  

Through its new Local Heroes program, Westfield recently asked people to nominate workers and volunteers who help to improve their local community. A total of 30 North Lakes heroes were nominated and the community voted to select the winners.

The nominees came from many different organisations, including schools, churches and sporting clubs. Six finalists have been chosen:

– Stephanie Blunt works with Y-Care, to help disadvantaged young people, inspiring and empowering them to achieve.
– Paula Burgess created ‘Beyond the Maze’ to raise community awareness of the problems that people with ADHD face, and to coach people of all ages to help them cope with the disorder.
– Julie Fenton is a case manager supporting families at high risk of domestic and family violence.
– Karen Johns also works in the area of domestic violence speaking to high school students, women’s groups and others about how to identify abuse early and where to get help.
– Jane McMillan supports sufferers of leukaemia and their families, both on a personal basis and through fundraising.
– Luke Skipper works with the Christian Crisis Caravan Initiative providing short-term accommodation for families and people facing homelessness.

Three winners will be announced next Monday, August 13, and each will receive a $10,000 grant to assist their organisation’s work. Programs such as this often use printing services to create nomination forms and voting papers.