Emerging Leader 2017 - 2018
Peter Aldenhoven is a proud descendant of the peoples of Quandamooka – more particularly, the Nughi clan from Moorgumpin (Moreton Island, Queensland) and has lived in Victoria for all his life. He is the President of Willum Warrain, a gathering place on the Mornington Peninsula, a dedicated Indigenous Educator and a member of the Woor-Dungin Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
Peter previously taught English and Indigenous Education for the last 15 years at Woodleigh School in Langwarrin. He has also been a teacher at five other Victorian schools and held many positions of responsibility such as Head of English and was a Victorian International Teaching Fellow in 1987. He has run exchange programs with remote Aboriginal communities (Ampilatwatja and Miwatj) for the last ten years.
Peter has also dedicated thousands of hours to Willum Warrain and its ongoing development as a thriving gathering place. He has been a strong advocate since its inception and has represented the local Aboriginal community on many panels and committees, cultivated numerous partnerships and relationships with other agencies (NGO’s, government and philanthropic), and actively engaged with the broader community.
His vision for the Indigenous community in Victoria is for Victorian Koories, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living off country, to be proud of who they are as Indigenous peoples both on an individual and collective basis, through close (re)connectedness with their cultures and communities.
In 2018 Peter was appointed as the Executive Officer of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Led Philanthrophic Fund – Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong. The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, along with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin, has been working with Towards a Just Society Fund (TJSF) to support the transition of TJSF into Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong.