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 currently the Executive Officer of Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, a gathering place on the Mornington Peninsula, an Indigenous Educator and a member of the Woor-Dungin Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
Peter has 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.
Until May 2018 he taught English and was the Director of Indigenous Education for 20 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 was also the Executive Officer of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Led Philanthrophic Fund – Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong.