Isaiah Dawe is a proud Butchulla and Gawara Salt Water man. His skin name is Yakamarri and his personal totems are the swamp wallaby and grey shark and his community totem is a dolphin. He grew up within the foster care system from when he was 2 months old until he was 18 years old, suffering all sorts of disadvantages and abuse. These struggles are what prompted Isaiah to create the ID Know Yourself company and incorporate his experiences to form the core in enabling success for those young people currently going through the system. Isaiah has studied IPROWD, a course enabling Aboriginal people to enter the NSW Police Force and studied workforce essentials at Charles Sturt University and he also completed his High School Certificate.
To list just a handful of the accolades Isaiah has achieved, he was the 2017 winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year award TAFE NSW, and the first Indigenous person to win TAFE NSW Graduate of the Year, 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliamentarian – Future Leaders (winner of the major award – positive influencer), the first Indigenous person to become the chair of the NSW Youth Advisory Committee in 2018, a member of the first Indigenous team to sail in the Sydney to Hobart and Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Races and he is well known as a young leader within the Redfern community.
You can read more about Isaiah in this article recently published by The Guardian and in this one published by the Brisbane Times.
Isaiah is also a Keynote Speaker at the
National Child Protection Conference
to be held at
Rydges, South Bank, South Brisbane on the 24th and 25th June.
You MUST register now.
Registrations close on Thursday, 6th June or as soon as the few remaining places are filled.