- Must demonstrate extraordinary leadership within a new or existing community.
- Must show evidence of where they have taken an active role for the well-being and improvement of their community.
*Julie Webster Open or Close
Julie Webster is an experienced and passionate social worker who has more recently become a tireless pioneer of a unique recovery oriented mental health program in Western Sydney.
Julie has been extraordinary in establishing RECOVER Wellbeing for people in mental distress. She has not only formed numerous groups associated with the program on the basis of client demand, but also pursued all funding whilst simultaneously mentoring a number of the participants who have gone on to become competent peer leaders and even gain employment in this sector. Prior to RECOVER Wellbeing these people were suicidal and without hope. Julie has worked around the clock pursuing every opportunity to see this program and people develop so that as many people as possible can benefit.
Mervat Altarazi Open or Close
Mervat Altarazi came to Australia in 2009 under the humanitarian program. Her passion to help other people began from her country of origin in Palestine where she helped children, young people and vulnerable people in need.
In spite of having to leave some of her children in Palestine, Mervat had the courage to assist other people in need. Beginning with SydWest Multicultural Service in 2013 as a volunteer, she became paid employee in June 2013. Mervat currently works with Arabic speaking new arrivals to assist them settle successfully through culturally appropriate case work and community development.
Saeli Masina Open or Close
Saeli is a Program Manager with the Canterbury Bankstown Youth Service overseeing the operation of youth homelessness properties, the Central Sydney Responsible Gambling Fund Service, the Early Intervention and Prevention Program and Financial Counselling-Campsie.
Saeli has dedicated his life to assisting young people who face complex situations. Starting as a Youth Worker providing comprehensive support to young people experiencing homelessness, as a Program Manager he fosters a strong team dynamic. His desire to help people enables him to develop a strong rapport with clients and form partnerships with multiple stakeholders who share a common vision for transforming lives.
Tairyn Vergara Open or Close
Before Tairyn was appointed Manager of Parks in 2005 she was the coordinator of Liverpool/Fairfield Community Learning Centre and the peer support coordinator for Share Care Inc. At Parks she is responsible of the day-to-day management of the organisation including the coordination of services through community centres network and local Council, the submission of funding applications and responsibility for over 50 volunteers.
Tairyn constantly participates in consultations with Federal and State governments and in writing responses to inquiries on behalf of local working groups and Council led round- tables. Tairyn is also involved in the organisation and delivery of a variety of local celebrations and festivals.