Dr Lois Peeler AM
Lois Peeler is of Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri heritage by her mother and Wurundjeri heritage by her father. She has had a diverse and decorated career, spanning the music industry, public service, community development, social activism, tourism, community development and Aboriginal education. One of the original members of The Sapphires, she is also acknowledged as Australia's first Aboriginal model and TV presenter. In 2014 she was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the Indigenous community as an educator, advocate and role model. She has received many honours since, including a 2022 NAIDOC Female Elder Award. In her current role as Principal of Victoria’s only Aboriginal school, Worawa Aboriginal College, Peeler has led the development of an Aboriginal resource centre and professional learning institute on college grounds, and in collaboration with the Parliament of Victoria she has developed education resources on Aboriginal change makers for Victorian schools.