Ken Eveleigh

Pedda was born and raised in the Biripi nation and has been working with Taree In

I am Ken Eveleigh of Gloucester NSW Traditional owner and Knowledge holder of Worimi / Gooreengai Elder Uncle Ken. I work with the NPWS for the past 17 years, I was awarded an outstanding professional service award for the Canberra fires and was nominated for the Australian of the year in 2014. Father of 10 children

• As an Elder I do Welcome to Country in Schools, Government events and organisations, I supported the Aboriginal Community to keep their Culture strong.
• My Aboriginal family history has been documented, register and it is stored in the Sydney State Library of NSW.
• Traditional Smoking Ceremonials at different events.
• Modern Initiation of my sons upon the Buckets Range.
• Modern Initiation of my daughters.
• Smoking Ceremonial on the Gloucester River, of the Death of one of our sons.
• (LIMITED) Men’s Aboriginal Initiation destroyed and stolen.
• Government and private property, to do site Identification and Artefact’s.
• I spent time with the Elders of Uluru to learn the knowledge of Men’s Business and traditional customs and also with the Elders in Southern areas of NSW and Lake Victoria.
• I Organised with my brother in-law Elder Damien Aidon to start a group in Gloucester.
Gloucester Worimi First Peoples Aboriginal Corporation.
• I was nomination Australian of the Year Awards 2014.
• Outstanding Professional Service Award 2011 Canberra A.C.T Bushfires Civil Action Team.
• I was an Aboriginal liaison Officer working with the Education Department, students and Parents, helping suspended students back to school.
• ASPA and AECG I was the Manning Regional President of AECG, supporting up to 40 plus schools.
• Director on the board of The Forster Aboriginal Land Council.
• Committee member for NAIDOC Week in Gloucester and NAIDOC at the Gloucester Schools.
• Aboriginal School base Traineeships, Supervisor.
• Gloucester Aboriginal school students with work experience.
• Fishing trips with Gloucester Public School students.
• Aboriginal Youth Camps in Gloucester.
• Aboriginal Cultural Education, talking to school students in Gloucester, surrounding area.
• Helping Aboriginal people to write resume and being a referee for them to find work.
• Helping Aboriginal People with housing.
• I work with different organisation and agencies.
• Aboriginal Affairs.
• Neighbourhood Centre.
• Aboriginal Two ways Together Closing the Gap.
• Aboriginal organisation TIDE.
• Police and Aboriginal Community PAC.

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