Evelyna wins at National Youth Awards

East Arnhem Regional Council staff member and community role model, Evelyna Dhamarrandji, has been recognised for her outstanding achievements in the past 12 months, winning the Health & Wellbeing category at the National Youth Awards in Canberra Thursday night.

Evelyna, from Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, is a strong Yolngu woman, active community member and role model for other young women. As a Youth Worker for East Arnhem Regional Council’s Youth, Sport & Recreation team, Evelyna is passionate about improving life choices of young people in remote communities and was also recognised in the Galiwin’ku NAIDOC Awards for her contribution to youth services and health and wellbeing.

Evelyna was a member of the 2013 Indigenous Marathon Squad, participating in road races in Canberra, Sydney and Alice Springs, eventually selected to run in the New York Marathon in November 2013. Evelyna’s persistence and perseverance has encouraged her community, both young and old to take up exercise in order to change their lifestyle. Through the Indigenous Marathon Squad, Evelyna has had the chance to complete her Certificate IV in Health and Leisure which has helped her to improve her family’s lifestyle and encourage other community members to do the same. She has undertaken a cooking and nutrition class as part of the Young Women Health and Wellbeing program she runs within her community.

“Evelyna is a strong role model not only for Yolgnu women, but for all of our community members, young and old. She leads a healthy, active lifestyle, and encourages her community to follow in her footsteps. We are extremely proud of her achievements and see an exciting future for this wonderful young woman” said East Arnhem Regional Council President, Mr Banambi Wunungmurra.

Galiwin’ku was well represented at the recent Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards with Evelyna and Richard Dhamarrandji Top 3 Finalists in their respective categories of Health & Wellbeing and Environment, and Jessica Burrarrwanga and Anthony Djamangi Top 10 Finalists in the categories of Health & Wellbeing and the Arts. Richard is a participant in the East Arnhem Regional Council Young Men’s program, and Jessica and Anthony both part of our strong Youth, Sport & Recreation team.

President Wunungmurra continued “We have an incredible group of young leaders with East Arnhem Land, shinning a bright light on the future of our communities. We are excited that their work is being recognised outside of our region, with hope it encourages more young people to become active in the ongoing improvement of their communities lifestyles.”