YANGEBUP resident Hayden Howard has been rewarded for the “pride and respect” shown to his work after claiming a top gong at the Naidoc Perth Awards recently.
Mr Howard, a Nimanburr Bardi Kitja man from Broome, took home the Carer of the Year award at a ceremony celebrating the achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
He is full-time carer to wife Corina Abraham, who has end-stage kidney and heart disease, and was previously a carer for his late father, who died from cancer in 2010.
Mr Howard was described as a community role model for his standard of care and efforts advocating for Aboriginal people in hospital.
Cockburn resident Reverend Sealin Garlett was runner-up in the Male Elder of the Year category, claimed by Dr Noel Nannup.
Ben Wyatt, the first Aboriginal to take on the role of State or Federal Treasurer, claimed the Outstanding Achievement Award.