KALAMUNDA’S local heroes were celebrated last month at the City’s annual Thank a Volunteer event for their extensive commitment to the community.
Mental health advocate and Gooseberry Hill resident Darren Peterson was presented a City of Kalamunda Local Hero Award for his passionate dedication to improving the mental health and lives of those with disabilities.
Mr Peterson runs the Men’s Health barbeque in Kalamunda and is the founder and chairperson for the Perth Hills Wellbeing Alliance, running mental health first aid and resilience training to give people the skills to help others.
He has also volunteered with Down Syndrome WA and the Salvation Army.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said local heroes like Mr Peterson play a key part in creating a resilient community.
“Darren is one of those special people who not only contributes to our community in a hugely positive way, but also empowers others to participate in and provide for our community,” she said.
“His work with people of all abilities, spreading the message of positive mental health, and establishing important initiatives and programs within our community is outstanding, and he is well deserving of being our Local Hero of the Year for 2021.”
Alongside Mr Peterson, high school student and Forrestfield resident Bryzlyn Sin was presented the Young Local Hero award.
Bryzlyn spent more than 200 hours volunteering in the local and global community, using her musical talents to entertain churches and nursing homes and fundraise for the Cancer Society.
Local Thespian and Kalamunda resident Dee Howells was presented the Senior Local Hero award for her volunteer work in local amateur theatre spanning more than five decades and her volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Kalamunda Hospital Auxiliary and Country Women’s Association.