Nadia Douglas (right – Community Engagement Officer) receiving 2023 RAJAC awards from Aunty Marion Hansen (Chair, Southern Metropolitan RAJAC) for Willum Warrain’s powerful work with Aboriginal community members through its programs and events, especially with young mob.

Isaiah Columbine (right)

Isaiah Columbine receiving the 2019 NAIDOC Youth Award for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Isaiah is an enthusiastic young person who was acknowledged for his work as a Youth Leader for the Deadly Kids program. His mature approach, hard work and encouragement of younger kids is very impressive.


Aunty Helen Bnads

Aunty Helen Bnads inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll, 7th November 2019.

Helen is a current Board member of Willum Warrain and received this award in recognition of her life’s work in health, academia and reconciliation. She is renowned for her integrity and compassion and is a widely respected Elder across the Southern Metro region of Melbourne.


Kerry Le Fortuyn, Sally Hemphill, Peter Aldenhoven

2019 DET Early Childhood Awards

Bush Play Group was a state-wide finalist in the 2019 DET Early Childhood Awards for Community Engagement with the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Brianna Webster
Brianna WebsterDeadly artwork showcased at this year's Anzac Day NRL game - Melbourne.
Brianna Webster recently had her deadly artwork showcased at this year’s Anzac Day NRL game in Melbourne. You can see the colourful images above. Go Bree!

Jack Turner

Jack Turner, from our Deadly Kids program, was the U13 gold medallist at the Australia and New Zealand Wrestling Championships held in October 2019 in Brisbane.


Hillary Aldenhoven

Hillary Aldenhoven is a 2019 Poche Indigenous Fellows Leadership Program recipient.

This award acknowledges the achievements of mid-career Indigenous high achievers in the area of health and research. Hillary is a proud Nughi woman and a Senior Mental Health Social Worker with extensive experience in leadership roles within the forensic mental health, criminal justice and community mental health sectors. She obtained an Honour’s degree in Social Work at RMIT in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University in 2017.

Taneisha Webster
Taneisha WebsterRecipient of the 2016 Ricci Marks Award
This state-wide award is given to young Aboriginal leaders for their achievements on behalf of community through promoting culture.
Taneisha is the current Vice-Chairperson for Willum Warrain, has recently completed post-graduate studies in Psychology and currently works for the Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency. Her work reflects a strong commitment to Aboriginal families, children and carers.
She demonstrates considerable insight and maturity and the courage to call out injustices when necessary. She is also very effective in building networks and relationships with other community organisations.
Peter Aldenhoven
Peter AldenhovenPictured with Taneisha Webster and Wenzel Carter, after receiving the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership statewide award for Emerging Leader
Peter, as founding President of Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, has been recognized for his voluntary work over many years as a community leader well as working with the philanthropic sector promoting respectful engagement with Aboriginal community organisations in state, national and overseas forums.
Wenzel Carter
Wenzel CarterPresented with Aunty Frances Bond and Aunty Glenys Merry Award at 2017 Woor-Dungin AGM
At Woor-Dungin’s 2017 AGM Wenzel Carter, along with the rest of the Criminal Record Discrimination Project team, was presented with an Aunty Frances Bond and Aunty Glenys Merry Award for achievement in reconciliation and respectful relationships. The award is named in honour of two of Woor-Dungin’s founders.
Wenzel was a former Board member and the Aboriginal Men’s Cultural Project Officer for Willum Warrain. He has devoted thousands of voluntary hours to the Gathering Place as well as being a strong advocate for legal reform on this important project.