Whitford City announces winners of Westfield Local Heroes

Westfield Local Heroes Sian Williams, Neil Atkinson and Jan Standen.
Westfield Local Heroes Sian Williams, Neil Atkinson and Jan Standen.

THREE local heroes have been recognised for making a positive impact in their community.

Westfield Whitford City has announced the winners of its Westfield Local Heroes initiative are Neil Atkinson, Jan Standen and Sian Williams.

Each will receive a $10,000 grant for their organisation.

Mr Atkinson, of Ocean Heroes, said he was thrilled to win but believed it was more of an affirmation for the great work done by the organisation.

Ocean Heroes is a not-for-profit charity that helps children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience the joys of surfing.

He said the grant would help finance a van to transport equipment to events.

Ms Standen, of Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA, said she was extremely grateful for the recognition, with the money going to help provide school holiday respite for grandparents and grandchildren and a fun day out for the kids.

Miss Williams, who started Kidzucate in 2012 after a personal struggle with bullying, said it was “so cool to know the community appreciates the work we do”.

She said the grant would be used to develop advocacy packs and to implement programs in local schools.

The three-phase program aimed to recognise individuals whose work promoted social wellbeing and harmony across family, youth and inclusion.

The community was asked to nominate a local hero then vote for one of six finalists.