Founder Shawn Andrews tells his story

Our People

Shawn Andrews

Managing Director/Founder

Shawn Andrews is a Yugambeh man who is passionate about Indigenous education and the journey of reconciliation for all Australians. Shawn has extensive experience as an educator and has over ten years’ experience in designing and facilitating Indigenous education, leadership programs and mentoring. Shawn is a Director at MITS (Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) and has held Indigenous mentoring and management positions in the corporate sector. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Sports and Outdoor Recreation and Cert IV in Sports Management. He also received a Bursary award and was a Faculty board member and student advisor at Monash University. Shawn is currently finishing his Masters in Education. He is closely connected to Mount Noorat, Northern Territory and Logan River.

 

Geoff Martin

Program Development Manager

Geoff is highly experienced outdoor educator who has worked closely with Shawn Andrews for over eight years. Geoff is a qualified teacher and has worked in outdoor education as a leader in Australia and overseas. He has a passion for designing inclusive camps experiences that use Indigenous Pedagogy as the method for teaching and learning. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation, a Bachelor of Education and multiple wilderness leadership qualifications. Some of his favourite hang outs are Tocumwal, Wilsons Promontory and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. Geoff also loves spending time in the Alps in Australia and overseas chasing fresh tracks.

 

Dave Kennedy

Cultural Educator

Dave’s family is originally from Far North Queensland in Kuku Yalanji country.  He has grown up in Victoria and has a love of education in the outdoors. He holds a Bachelor of Sports Science majoring in Outdoor Education & Physical Education and is currently completing his Masters in Secondary Education.   Some of Dave’s frequented locations are include Gippsland, Barmah State Forest and the Bogong High Plains.

Shane Cumming

Curriculum Advisor

Shane is an Aboriginal man from Western Australia. His mother’s family are the Wadandi Noongar people of the South West region of WA, his father’s family are the Ngadju Wongatha people of the Goldfields/Desert region of WA. His family are traditional owners of the Country to which he belongs. Shane has 23 years of experience as a Primary School Teacher, including over a decade as a Primary School Principal with the Education Department in WA. Shane has worked in a variety of school education contexts, from teaching in remote Aboriginal community schools in the Kimberley region, as an Aboriginal Education consultant to schools in the Desert region, and as a Principal in large regional schools in Western Australia. Shane has been a long standing member of the Western Australian Primary Principals Association, the Australian Primary Principals Association and was a foundation member and Co-Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association, contributing substantially to the Gonski review of school funding for the Australian Government. Shane’s field of expertise is in the design, implementation and evaluation of a whole school approach to Aboriginal Education, specialising in school policy, curriculum development, school community partnerships and staff professional development and training.

Aunty Aurore Fahey

Cultural Leader

Aunty Aurore is a Djadjawurrung woman with extensive experience in teaching Indigenous cultural history and connection. She has a passion for teaching bush tucker and bush medicine and is a talented and natural storyteller. Aunty Aurore currently runs the Indigicate program and sessions at Camp Jungai in the Rubicon Valley.  She has also been an Indigenous educator at Healesville Sanctuary and has many life stories to share. Aunty Aurore has a special place in her heart for Wentworth, the Perridunes and the twin sisters (where the Murray and Darling Rivers meet).

Terry Atkinson

Community Liason Facilitator

Terry is a Wemba Wemba man who has worked with Aboriginal people in remote, metropolitan and regional Victoria.
He will commence as a community liaison facilitator in 2017, working to engage aboriginal communities in Victoria with Indigicate’s out of of home care program, aimed at bringing connection to culture and country via outdoor education camps. Through these camps, Indigicate will cover a range of cultural learnings and aboriginal history through Indigenous pedagogy.
Terry brings his own community knowledge and connection and will work closely with communities and Indigicate staff to deliver a program to youth in out of home care and support them to feel proud of who they are find a greater sense of belonging in their own community.

Cassandra Guenther

Student Welfare Advisor

Cassandra is a very passionate and highly experienced outdoor educator and Youth Worker who has spent the last five years working in the outdoor industry whilst completing a Bachelor of Youth Work. Cassandra is particularly skilled in using outdoor settings and camps programs to help youth who are marginalised in society. She believes that camps programs are the perfect environment to help young people empower themselves.  Cassandra likes to spend her spare time in places such as the Mornington Peninsula and The Dandenongs.