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John Hayden

John Hayden

Male Elder of the Year

John Hayden is a respected Noongar elder from Brookton in the south west of Western Australia.

He started his working life in shearing sheds and manual labour crews, but decided his passion was to be actively involved in advancing the rights and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

John spent 12 years working in Aboriginal health, before being elected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regional Council where he sat for eight years.

He has also worked with Western Australia Tourism with a focus on increasing tourism to WA through promotion of Aboriginal arts, craft and tours.

More recently, John has been involved with the Department of Corrections to increase levels of understanding within the Department about Aboriginal people and culture.

John is an inspirational role model who has dedicated his life to improving the lives and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

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