Don Bemrose was Indigenous X host from August 8 to August 15, 2014.
Five questions to Don
I now share my gift through the local vibrant amateur musical theatre scene here in the ACT/Queanbeyan region as I refocus my working life to inspire the next generation of IndigenousX talent.
I work with and for the community through my role in the ACT education directorate with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit. I am a graduate student with Charles Darwin University and live on beautiful Ngunnawal country – I plan to call Canberra home for many years to come.
I have hated myself and struggled with mild anxieties. I have denied my sexuality and hid behind false femininity and masculinity because I didn’t know what being gay was meant to be. I have come to slowly realise I am me, there is no other and I today I stand tall in all I have accomplished and overcome to be here today, an inspiration to many in my community.
I work in education, so I want to learn from others what great practice is and will ask questions from fellow tweeters. I am participating in Sydney’s City2Surf run on Sunday, so I will share a few pics with a few of the fun characters and views of this epic Sydney event. And finally I hope to engage with you about current topics/matters that occur during the week, especially everyday health and wellness.
Every day I am inspired by my Nana (Dr Ruth Hegarty), a woman who proves it is never too late to set and achieve a goal. Storytellers like my great Uncle Tex Chapman and Dr Anita Heiss inspire my imagination and exploration of all that surrounds us.
I was first inspired by a fictional character made real in my imagination. Peekay, from Bryce Courtney’s The Power of One was my best friend when I hated myself and my world. This book was the reason I dreamed so big and knew that I could overcome any odds to achieve the most unimaginable outcome.
Australia as a country has denied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the right to learn, overlooked proven skills and talents and ignored our stories and teachings. I am passionate to continue the incredible work of my mother, aunts and uncles and my number one inspiration, newly honoured, Dr Ruth Hegarty, Elder, author and incredible Nana.