VACRO congratulates Alan Coe, the East Gippsland Engagement Officer on Time to Work Employment Service program, for receiving two significant awards in late 2019: the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Elder of the Year Award, and the Aboriginal Justice Committee’s East Gippsland Elder of the Year Award.

These awards are a testament to Alan’s work, dedication and leadership.

Alan Coe (right) receives his Elder of the Year Award with former Koori Justice Unit Director Antoinette Gentile. Photo courtesy of Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Alan is a Wiradjuri, Eora and Yorta Yorta man who supports Indigenous men incarcerated at Fulham Correctional Centre to forge new paths for themselves. Learn more about Alan's work and motivation.

Alan said this recognition offered his participants hope.

“My purpose is to sustain and enhance our lives. I’m just doing the best I can. I try to do the best I can for my people. I want to see equality across the board.”

This story is extracted from our 2020 Annual Report. You can read the report in full below.

VACRO 2020 Annual Report