Emerging Leader 2006 - 2007
In 2006, Trevor Pearce received the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, Emerging Leader Award (previously the Sir Douglas Nicholls Fellowship) for an outstanding contribution to the Indigenous community.
Trevor is a Kamilario man from north-western New South Wales with strong ties to both the New South Wales and Victorian Aboriginal communities. Trevor comes from a strong Aboriginal family that has always contributed to the development and strengthening of the Aboriginal community in south-eastern Australia. In 1988, Trevor moved to Victoria to study at Monash University and has since married into the Victorian Aboriginal community.
Trevor has over 40 years of experience in the Aboriginal community at local, state and national levels. His various roles have required a high level of responsibility for the social and cultural wellbeing of the Aboriginal community.
Trevor was previously the CEO of the First Nations Foundation which was established to work with Aboriginal communities nationally on a vision that empowers First Nations financial capability and confidence through knowledge and education which has a strong foundation built on Aboriginal cultural values. He was also at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) as the Acting CEO and Senior Project Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
Currently Trevor is the Indigenous Engagement Lead at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.