Local Heroes

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Local Heroes

Celebrating the people making an impact that matters in their local communities 

Charities and not-for-profit organisations have a huge impact in our local communities and many of our people are passionate about supporting their local charities. Through Local Heroes, we call out those who go above and beyond by volunteering and fundraising for the causes they care about.

At Deloitte, we want to make an impact that matters in Our Communities. Many of our employees choose to do this by supporting, fundraising and volunteering with charities and not-for-profit organisations in their local community. 

What are the Local Hero awards? 

One of the ways we encourage and support our communities is by recognising the people at Deloitte who donate a lot of their time volunteering or fundraising with local charities. Nominees for Local Hero awards are people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to bettering the lives of others or support a community or charitable cause through a notable amount of volunteering or fundraising. 

How do we nominate? 

The criteria for being nominated for an award include:

  • Being actively involved in community events that help raise awareness for different causes
  • Lending their skills to lessen the administrative burden for a not-for-profit or community organisation
  • Sharing their expertise to further a foundation’s social impact
  • Volunteering or fundraising on a regular basis for a charitable or community cause.

Each 2016 Local Hero received a $500 donation to any registered charity of their choice.

Our 2016 Local Heroes

Sarah Catford, Adelaide office
Sarah has been a driving force of the huge momentum behind Deloitte Foundation activities and support in the Adelaide office. He colleagues have described her as having a passion for making a difference in the community. She has been a key player in connecting teams with charitable organisations in need of pro-bono, low-bono or hands on work. She was one of the main organisers of fundraising for the CEO sleepout and of scheduling activities for Impact Day, Deloitte’s day of volunteering within the community. 

Laura Sebastiani, Alice Springs office
Laura is passionate about supporting indigenous training and education, especially in the finance sector, to enable Indigenous people to have a better understanding of their own finances. She worked this year with the Waltja Tjutankgu Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation, providing indigenous trainees with basic book-keeping training and MYOB processing to upskill them and enable them to broaden their employment potential. This knowledge not only enables people to embark on an expanded employment path, it also provides life skills that will inform and serve them for the rest of their life. 

Fiona Brogan, Brisbane office
Fiona was nominated for her work with the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (DSAA). DSAA are a volunteer-run organisation that enable people of all ages and abilities to experience the surf. Anyone who has a disability from ages 3 to 70 is welcome at a DSAA event and the Club runs every Sunday over the summer season. Fiona’s work and fundraising will enable the DSAA to purchase equipment - beach wheelchairs, rash vests, surfboards – that will allow more participants in DSAA activities.  

Aaron Brewin, Canberra office
Aaron volunteers his time with the Achilles Running Club Canberra, which provides qualified guides to the enable visually impaired people to enjoy the benefits of walking, running and socialising. As a guide with the club, Aaron ensures that visually impaired people can enjoy the same fitness opportunities as the non-visually impaired. Aaron has given countless hours of his time to ensure that those less fortunate than himself can enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors and running with the confidence and knowledge they are in good hands.

John Rose, Darwin office
John volunteers as a footy coach with the local Darwin footy club, the Waratahs. He has given up his spare time over the past few years to coach many of the younger boys teams. The coaches of the AFL club put a huge amount of time and energy into the kids, who in turn receive massive enjoyment from being a part of this club. His colleagues state that the club simply wouldn't function without the dedication of people like John.

James Margetts, Hobart office
James is involved with Surf Life Saving Tasmania and to a greater extent at his own surf lifesaving Club (Carlton Park SLSC). Each year, James is part of the volunteers who patrol the Tasmanian beaches. Part of this role also includes assisting with local events, for example the annual Mona Swim where he provides water safety. One of the largest roles James has played this year was as a member of the police search for four missing fishermen off Cremorne in Southern Tasmania. James has also been assisting his own and other Tasmanian surf clubs to manage their finances and tax liabilities.

Kylie Marsden, Launceston office
Kylie is a regular volunteer ambulance officer with Ambulance Tasmania. She works part-time at Deloitte Launceston and spends one day or night per week volunteering at a regional ambulance station located on the main highway between Launceston and Hobart. She works directly with an intensive care paramedic, responding to medical emergencies of varying degrees. Ambulance Tasmania relies on volunteers in regional areas, with around 600 volunteers based at 30+ stations state-wide. A couple of years ago, Kylie personally needed Ambulance Tasmania and it was through that experience she discovered the opportunity to volunteer. 

Gemma Cooper, Melbourne office
Gemma is a tireless champion of the Deloitte Foundation in the Melbourne office, organising great events like a recent bio-ethics lunch and a social enterprise client event (where one of the social enterprises featured found an investor among the Deloitte clients in the room).  She also recently delivered a project on behalf of the global Deloitte firm, as part of our Global Social Innovation cross-border initiative. The project’s scope is to assist the commercialisation of a hand powered rice planting machine in Cambodia. Outside of Deloitte, Gemma holds a position on the Advisory Council of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation for Giving Program, is an Advisory Council member of Cornerstone Capital (a US impact investment bank), a Board member of the Australia-China One Belt One Road Initiative and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Program.

Angela Reid, Perth office
Angela has made an amazing contribution to the Deloitte WA charity partner of the year, Youth Focus. She has worked hard in raising awareness and has also nominated, advocated for and coordinated activity for Youth Focus. A significant proportion of the Perth office has been engaged around mental health awareness and issues, and the office has raised over $6,000 for Youth Focus and held a transition workshop for the new CEO.  Angela’s passion and enthusiasm for the cause has been inspiring for the whole Youth Focus team.

Robyn de Szoeke, Sydney office
Robyn is a member of the board of the organisation Dress for Success, who provide support and professional attire to enable women to succeed in business. Since joining, the Sydney chapter has exceeded all their targets from a fundraising perspective. As well as running fundraising events, Robyn has also successfully nominated Dress for Success as a Deloitte work-place giving charity and raised thousands of dollars in their annual events. This has made a huge difference to many women and men trying to get back into the workplace after time off.

Jasmin O’Connor, Western Sydney office
Jasmin recently completed a six day trek of the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory with eight of her Deloitte colleagues. Collectively they raised over $20,000 to support the fantastic work being undertaken by Oxfam in Closing the Gap between indigenous and non-indigenous health outcomes. As part of the fundraising drive for Oxfam, Jasmin and colleagues hosted a coffee tasting workshop put on with the Darcy Street Project, a local social enterprise that assists disadvantaged communities through providing them with a practical hospitality skill set, where almost $400 was donated to Oxfam. Jasmin also organises lunchtime yoga groups with her Western Sydney colleagues. 

Bart Magiau, Papua New Guinea
Bart was recognised for his role in coordinating blood drives for the PNG office. Part of Deloitte PNG’s giving back to the community plan is to assist the Port Moresby General Hospital’s annual corporate blood drive. As a result of his work and efforts, the drives have had great participation. In the past year alone, Deloitte PNG has donated more than 70 bags which is approximately equivalent to saving 210 lives, three for each bag. With the ever increasing demand for blood at the hospital, the blood drives have moved from annually to twice yearly, and the team are considering a third drive. 

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