Local Heroes & Volunteers

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Do you know someone in your community who volunteers their time and is passionate about making a difference?

Give them the recognition they deserve and nominate them for a Local Hero Award! The Local Hero Awards, presented by the City of Kalamunda, provide City-wide recognition for an active community member.

What does a Local Hero do?

A Local Hero could be someone who looks after a Reserve in your area, a champion and advocate for the environment, a volunteer with the local fire or emergency services, or those who give so much of their time looking after members in their community.

Nominations are open throughout the year and winners are picked monthly.

Nomination Categories

There are three categories up for nomination:

  • Senior Community Local Hero (65 years plus)
  • Community Local Hero (25-65 years old)
  • Young Local Hero (12-25 years old)

The monthly awards will culminate at the Annual Thank a Volunteer Ceremony (held in December) at which the Local Hero of the Year Award will be presented.

How to nominate

There are a number of ways for you to nominate your local hero:

Alternatively copies of the hard copy nomination form are available from all City Libraries and can be returned:

  • By Email: enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
  • By Post: PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926
  • In Person: Administration, 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda WA 6926

Nominations close at the end of each month.


Do you know someone in your community who volunteers their time and is passionate about making a difference?

Give them the recognition they deserve and nominate them for a Local Hero Award! The Local Hero Awards, presented by the City of Kalamunda, provide City-wide recognition for an active community member.

What does a Local Hero do?

A Local Hero could be someone who looks after a Reserve in your area, a champion and advocate for the environment, a volunteer with the local fire or emergency services, or those who give so much of their time looking after members in their community.

Nominations are open throughout the year and winners are picked monthly.

Nomination Categories

There are three categories up for nomination:

  • Senior Community Local Hero (65 years plus)
  • Community Local Hero (25-65 years old)
  • Young Local Hero (12-25 years old)

The monthly awards will culminate at the Annual Thank a Volunteer Ceremony (held in December) at which the Local Hero of the Year Award will be presented.

How to nominate

There are a number of ways for you to nominate your local hero:

Alternatively copies of the hard copy nomination form are available from all City Libraries and can be returned:

  • By Email: enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
  • By Post: PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926
  • In Person: Administration, 2 Railway Road, Kalamunda WA 6926

Nominations close at the end of each month.


  • Celebrating the diversity of our Local Heroes

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    You don’t have to be old to be one of our vintage Local heroes. Benjamin Hughes was awarded a Young Local Hero Award in recognition of his volunteer work (twice a week) at the Kalamunda History Village. Benjamin ensures the paths are clear and that everything looks in tip top shape. Benjamin shares his passion for all things vintage, talking to people at the History Village and around the City about the history of Kalamunda, while dressed in vintage clothing.

    Nominator Rachel Hood says “Benjamin makes their day. He loves to have a chat at his local favourite stores, and always leaves people with a smile on their faces.”

    “I have worked with Benjamin for several years now and I am always blown away by his passion for our local history, which is so important for our community.”

    Benjamin was presented with his award at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre this week, where he also volunteers. He is one of the 250 volunteers the centre needs to operate, assisting with feeding animals, cleaning cages, preparing food and his least favourite ‘cleaning up’ after the animals.

    The City’s Local Hero Awards are a celebration of the people within our neighborhoods who are passionate about making a difference, freely volunteering to give back to the community. Award winners receive a $50 KalaCash gift card. The monthly Awards are proudly presented by the City of Kalamunda and supported by Echo News.

    Nominate your local hero today at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/local-heroes

    For more information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

    Image: Benjamin with nominator Rachel.

  • Young Local, Hero Tessa Forrest – she’s magic!

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    Congratulations to Tessa Forrest, who was presented with a City of Kalamunda Young Local Hero Award this week at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to wildlife conservation. Nominated in recognition of her volunteer work at Wattle Grove Primary School, since she was very young, Tess helps with book fairs, Book Club, fundraising sausage sizzles, uniform shop, and canteen duties before and after school (unpacking groceries, cleaning, recycling, preparing lunch baskets and assisting with special lunch orders).

    She is known for never complaining, showing initiative, sharing her knowledge, and entertaining younger students with magic tricks. Tess puts her hand up to fill fundraising shifts when other volunteers don’t turn up to ensure no one is ever left shorthanded.

    Tessa’s community mindedness extends to helping wildlife at the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, by collecting newspapers and plant cuttings for the enrichment and feeding of the up to 3000 animal patients a year, 80% of which are birds.

    She has a genuine interest in the community and helping. A silent achiever. A City of Kalamunda Young Local Hero. She’s magic!

    The City’s Local Hero Awards are a celebration of the people within our neighborhoods who are passionate about making a difference, freely volunteering to give back to the community. Award winners receive a $50 KalaCash gift card. The monthly Awards are proudly presented by the City of Kalamunda and supported by Echo News.

    Nominate your local hero today at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/local-heroes

    For more information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

    #ActBelongCommit #LocalHero #CityofKalamunda #EchoNews # Kanyana #WattleGrovePrimarySchool

  • Local Hero Trish Verran dives in to support swimmers

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    Don’t hold your breath. Give a shout out!

    Trish Verran is the latest of the City of Kalamunda’s Local Hero Award winners. Nominated for her volunteer work at the Guildford and Kalamunda Districts Swim Club, Trish’s association with the Club dates to 2008. Since then, she has driven many initiatives providing many opportunities for Club and community members and filled multiple roles including secretary and treasurer.

    Known for being an incredibly hard worker who knows all the different facets of running the Swim Club she was presented her Award in front of the training squads at the Darling Range Pool on Wednesday.

    Fellow club volunteer Rachel Pendal commended Trish for “always being friendly, approachable, having great communication skills and a never-ending patience.”

    The monthly Local Hero Awards are proudly presented by the City of Kalamunda and supported by Echo News. They are a celebration of the people within our neighborhoods who are passionate about making a difference, freely volunteering to give back to the community. Award winners receive a certificate and a $50 KalaCash gift card.

    Do you know a Local Hero? Nominate them today at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/local-heroes

    For more information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or visit kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

    #ActBelongCommit #LocalHero #CityofKalamunda #EchoNews


  • Tara Thill: Local Heroes raise $7,800 for Breast Cancer Research

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    City of Kalamunda resident Tara Thill has been awarded a Local Community Hero Award for helping to raise $7,800 for Breast Cancer Research, with support from the Forrestfield United Football Club. As lead organiser for the Breast Cancer Awareness weekend, held earlier this year, Tara coordinated over 500 players wearing pink socks, and the State League 1st team and all goalkeepers wearing pink shirts.

    Tara arranged production and delivery of the shirts, obtained raffle prizes from sponsors, coordinated a sausage sizzle with the help of volunteers and worked from 5.30am until sundown on the day to ensure everything ran smoothly, maximising fundraising efforts. Tara, known as Ms Fixit for her willingness to help wherever she is needed, is also the club registrar, organiser of the junior kits, and clubroom cleaner.

    Forrestfield United Football Club President, Mark Twamley said, “We were very proud to present the Breast Cancer Research charity with a total of $7,800. Tara is truly a volunteer hero at the club and deserves recognition for her contribution to the community”.

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, “Local Heroes such as Tara, make a huge difference to the lives of many, bringing everyone together for a common purpose, raising funds and awareness of issues impacting so many, such as breast cancer.”

  • Local Heroes and Dynamic Duo: Fran Dean and Cathy Audino

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    Dynamic Duo, Fran Dean and Cathy Audino were recently awarded a City of Kalamunda Community Local Hero Award for their involvement running the Darling Range Seniors Hub.

    The Hub is a grassroots group, that connects senior residents, provides an opportunity to participate in social events, and meet new people. Over the past 18-months, Fran and Cathy have taken it upon themselves to be the welcoming committee at the Hub ensuring community members have a place to belong, connect and feel supported.

    Events include CommuniTEA Matters, a coffee morning with guest speakers, attended by between 25 and 40 seniors every Wednesday; monthly bus tours; and special functions. Most recently the Hub, with Fran and Cathy bringing their energy and heart, hosted an Annual Christmas in July, a Fashion Parade, and most recently the Italian Night.

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, “There are a range of services our seniors are encouraged to be actively involved with, including Seniors groups operating out of the Woodlupine Family and Community Centre who are currently looking for volunteers to help with their Seniors coffee lounge.”

    “The City also supports the regular activities held at the Jack Healey Centre and an Active Seniors Program across the City’s recreation centres. Residents are encouraged to check the City of Kalamunda’s website and follow the City’s Facebook page for latest news.”

  • Jason Turner: Local Hero Builds Community at Walliston Primary School

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    Nominated for being a highly valued and active volunteer at Walliston Primary School, Jason Turner is the latest winner of a City of Kalamunda Community Local Hero Award. Jason was presented with his award by Mayor Margaret Thomas JP at a recent school assembly.

    Jason is regularly seen working behind the scenes and is the driver behind many major projects including a new bike rack, kitchen garden, installation of the STW9 Tower, 50th Anniversary signature bricks, sourcing materials, upcycling seating, and building gabion bench seats to address a request for seating by the Student Leadership team and to create a Yarning Circle for NAIDOC celebrations. He assisted the school gardener to prepare the school grounds for the bush fire season and installed picture display wires in all classrooms to showcase student work for the school’s open night.

    “Walliston Primary School enrols families not just students. Parents and caregivers are at the heart of our school. I am so grateful for everything they do to support our school, whether that be fund-raising, supporting learning, or implementing significant school projects,” said Principal Craig Mainard.

    Outside of the school, Jason supports the community as coach, runner or volunteer for the Gully’s basketball team, Kalamunda Tigers Year 5 football team and the Lesmurdie-Mazenod junior cricket team.

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, “Being actively involved in your child’s school and extra-curricular endeavors helps more than just one individual. The benefits filter out, supporting all students, their families, staff and our extended community.”


  • Making a Home Run: Local Hero, Sandra (Skip) Devine

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    The City of Kalamunda recently presented Sandra (Skip) Devine a Local Community Hero Award. Skip, a committee member of the Kalamunda Rangers for over six years, is known for being one of the first to put her hand up to ensure events run smoothly. Every year she takes on several roles, as well as coaching at least two teams each season.

    In addition to her multiple roles on the Kalamunda Rangers committee, Skip readily volunteers at all the winter sports her children play, as coach or support, and actively participates in her own sports. She has been the President at High Wycombe Primary School P&C (and all that entails - fundraising, meetings, and canteen), and more recently Chair of the School Board.

    Fellow Rangers’ volunteer Annaliese Arndt said, “Skip is my sounding board when things go pear-shaped. I don’t know how she fits everything in, but she does, with a cheery grin. Nothing is a hassle.”

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP recently presented Skip with a Local Hero Award at a small gathering.

    “A great way to encourage, motivate and connect with your children is by supporting their recreational clubs and activities and by leading by example - being an active participator also,: Cr Thomas said.

  • Local Hero, Maureen Parkinson, using her ‘Powers’ for good

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    Retired Psychologist Maureen Parkinson is the latest of our Local Heroes to be presented a Seniors Community Local Heroes Award. The monthly Awards are proudly presented by the City of Kalamunda and supported by Echo News.

    Ms Parkinson was nominated for her service to the community in various forms throughout her life, including her current work at the Kalamunda Hospital supporting patients, despite undergoing treatment for her own illness.

    Earlier volunteer stints included entertaining residents in aged care homes singing with friend Frank, cooking meals for those in need, volunteering with Kalamunda Country Women's Association (CWA) and hosting an annual street Christmas parties in her local community.

    Friend and nominee Ms M Fox says “Maureen has led an amazing life and always uses her powers for good wherever she goes. I really feel that she deserves to get some recognition for it. She is such a humble person.”

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, “If you know someone in your neighbourhood who are using their powers for good, we encourage you to nominate them for one of the City of Kalamunda Local Hero Awards.”

  • ‘Joy’ the simple act of caring

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    Approximately 20 years ago, Joy Barratt became involved in a social club providing meals and social events for the disabled. Today, the City awarded Joy with a City of Kalamunda Senior Community Local Hero Award for her continued support of the disabled, and her coordination and commitment to 'Showing a Hills Christmas' creating Christmas hampers and gifts for those in need.

    Joy, with her nine helpers, provided Friday nights’ social events for a group of disabled people, with a 2-course home cooked meal, followed by games, crafts, or perhaps to watch a movie together. Although the venue has changed multiple times and the evening meals have been replaced by afternoon teas, the group continues to meet, offer support, and enjoy each other’s company.

    Joy also provides respite for a resident of an Active Foundation home in High Wycombe, sharing her home for weekends ‘away’, taking her shopping and providing ongoing friendship and caring.

    In addition to her work with the disabled, Joy brings her caring magic to the City through her involvement with "Showing a Hills Christmas". Joy and her team of volunteers contact local businesses, schools and churches requesting donations of food, Christmas treats and gifts to share with those less fortunate, of all ages. The team comes together to create food hampers and wrap gifts, delivering them to community members in need, along with nursing home and caravan park residents.

    One recipient told Joy, "Thank you. This is the only Christmas gift I will receive, and I couldn't buy these Christmas goodies".

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, “The City is working to improve accessibility and inclusiveness for people with disability, their families and carers. 3.6% of our City’s population needs help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.*

    “Thank you to Joy and her co-volunteers for caring – you are Local Heroes.”

    * Sourced from https://profile.id.com.au/kalamunda/assistance

  • Mighty Rhinos’ Hero Award Winner: Terry Davidson

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    Often when we talk about football heroes we talk about the talented players however, many are those behind the scenes like Terry Davidson. Terry, a true City of Kalamunda local hero, passionately volunteers his time supporting the Forrestfield Football Club since the early 80s.

    Terry has filled many roles over the years including Coach, President, Vice- President, ground keeper, time-keeper, property manager and Trustee. He can be seen at the club grounds in Hartfield Park, Forrestfield early mornings and late evenings most days, and is known as the ‘go to’ person and a key volunteer.

    Mayor Margaret Thomas JP recently presented Terry with a City of Kalamunda Local Hero Award at a small gathering at the City’s Administration Building. The monthly Awards are proudly presented by the City and supported by Echo News.

    Cr Thomas said, “Terry continues to make a significant contribution to our community’s healthy and active lifestyles.”

    “I would like to acknowledge the work of all our behind-the-scenes heroes. They are integral to Club operations, helping individuals and teams grow and build a lifetime of community connections.”

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