Congratulations to all of the winners of the Wathaurong Community NAIDOC Awards for 2020. NAIDOC week was celebrated "virtually" from the 14th November - 21st November in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wathaurong Community NAIDOC awards were presented at the Community Christmas event held on Tuesday 15th December, when outdoor gatherings allowed us to get together in person and celebrate the achievements of our winners.
Nedok Yoongga (Elder/Respected Person)
Winner – Glenn Shea
GLENN SHEA was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for his tireless commitment to the 40 Year anniversary project; sharing his wealth of community knowledge; putting together videos and memories of Wathaurong’s 40 years; stories for virtual quests and your work with promoting and instilling culture through new and different activities.
Ngarrwa Ngitj (Community Person)
Winner – Tahlia Dempsey
Tahlia Dempsey was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for her passion and commitment to leadership in the development to the early years space; ensuring healthy and connected young mob and families; always putting community first and being the first person to help out; and keeping early years families connected through COVID.
Koolay Goopma (Young Male Achiever)
Joint winners – Keeden Graham & Jordan Edwards
KEEDEN GRAHAM was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for being a role model for the younger generation; stepping up into challenges and thriving in leadership roles; being reliable, responsible and grounded; and his selection to the Victorian Youth Congress this year, working to amplify Indigenous voices.
JORDAN EDWARDS was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for his work as an elected Member of First Peoples Assembly for Treaty; working to bring the Koorie youth up with the culture; and continuing to work to bring engagement to the youth and ensuring that culture is at the front of all things at Wathaurong.
Moordeemoondeek Goopma (Young Female achiever)
Joint winners – Taleena Black and Naomi Edwards
TALEENA BLACK was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for turning her life around despite challenges; always being respectful; and growing with ambition and pride. (IMAGE NOT YET AVAILABLE)
NAOMI EDWARDS was nominated for this award by members of the Wathaurong community for her continuous commitment to helping families grow stronger together; her devotion to helping children to better lives; her passion for self-determination and advocacy with a strong sense of community and culture; and her artistic side in weaving and creating earrings showing a positive role model for youth.