Westfield Local Heroes — Dara Mills Nominated!

I am sure you will all be proud to know that Dara Mills has been nom­i­nat­ed as a West­field Local Hero for her tire­less work with the Surf Club as a life­saver and her inte­gral part in help­ing to make sure that every­one has fair access to the beach.

Fol­low­ing a per­son­al expe­ri­ence with a local man who had been involved in a car acci­dent and was now wheel­chair bound, and could no longer swim as he often used to do because of lack of access, she was deter­mined to get a path­way to the ocean so every­one could come to the beach, when­ev­er they liked. The pure joy of see­ing some­one being able to expe­ri­ence the nat­ur­al won­ders of the beach again pushed Dara to make sure the club could get fund­ing for the Beach Access Mat.

Dara set off on a jour­ney of sem­i­nars, research, count­less emails, phone con­ver­sa­tions and meet­ing the most amaz­ing, inspi­ra­tional peo­ple. Peo­ple who faced adver­si­ties every day, in doing things that we take for grant­ed.

The path­way has been a huge suc­cess and the feed­back from the com­mu­ni­ty has been amaz­ing. The path­way is for every­one, young, old, of all vary­ing degrees of mobil­i­ty and rep­re­sents what true inclu­siv­i­ty in our com­mu­ni­ty means.

We are proud of every­thing you have achieved Dara and wish you well in the selec­tion process.

As soon as the vot­ing opens, we will let you know!

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