Sean Gordon is applying his considerable leadership skills to drive Aboriginal economic development and reduce government dependency through creating real opportunities and benefits for communities.
A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man, Gordon is a strong advocate of self-determination for Aboriginal communities, and for social, cultural and economic empowerment. For the past eight years, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, a leading Land Council focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the NSW Central Coast community.
Under Gordon’s leadership Darkinjung has built combined assets in excess of $55 million, and is currently developing innovative affordable housing and home ownership models that allow potential homeowners to build equity and save a cash deposit while renting community housing.
"Our goal is to close the gap on the social and economic disadvantage of Indigenous Australians, and enable cultural recognition and determination to preserve, maintain, renew and adapt our cultural and linguistic heritage for future generations."
“The opportunity to move out of the social housing sector and into home ownership provides a sense of security and safety,” he explains. “It sets our people on a path toward wealth creation, which in turn establishes a solid foundation for their family’s future.”
As an educator, Gordon has developed and implemented vocational education programs with the TAFE NSW Hunter Institute, and advised the NSW Government on the development of culturally responsible strategies for Aboriginal adult education.
Gordon is deeply connected to community, and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. He was inaugural Chair of the Barang Regional Alliance, and serves as Chair of the Empowered Communities: Empowered People Leadership Group, facilitating sustainable reform through strategic partnerships between Indigenous leaders, governments and industry.
He is also passionate about preserving and developing Aboriginal culture as Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Academy.
Gordon delivers transformational impact within the communities he works with, and drives policy change at a national level.
“Our goal is to close the gap on the social and economic disadvantage of Indigenous Australians, and enable cultural recognition and determination to preserve, maintain, renew and adapt our cultural and linguistic heritage for future generations.”
2016 Alumni Awards Winner Sean Gordon
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