Meet your National Indigenous RAVN Representative

The National Indigenous RAVN Representative leads engaging and culturally-safe activities for Indigenous returned Australian volunteers and the broader RAVN community.

Your National Indigenous RAVN Representative

Contact: IndigenousRAVN@australianvolunteers.com

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for Indigenous Australians through the Indigenous Pathways Framework.

Dimity Shillingsworth

Dimity Shillingsworth

 

Dimity is an Aboriginal woman from South East Queensland and the first National Indigenous RAVN Representative. Dimity first volunteered with the Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange in South Africa in 2018 and returned as a Team Leader in 2019. The program built sustainable vegetable gardens in local schools in one of South Africa’s most disadvantaged areas, with support and guidance from the local Indigenous community.

After returning from South Africa, Dimity relocated to the Kimberley region in Western Australia to work with remote Aboriginal communities, advocating for Indigenous youth and climate change. Dimity has a strong focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people that are placed in out-of-home care to ensure they are connected to community, country and family, and have a strong sense of identity and belonging.

My favorite quote is an African proverb It takes a village to raise a child. I believe in the importance of community, connection, strong sense of identity and belonging. Community has been the focus of my volunteering work and my current work with remote Aboriginal youth in Western Australia.

Indigenous returned volunteer Facebook group

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Dimity Shillingsworth top far right and 2019 CWIE cohort
Dimity Shillingsworth (top far right) and 2019 Classic Wallaby Indigenous Exchange cohort.
The Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange cohort of 2018 in the Drakensberg South Africa
The Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange cohort of 2018 in the Drakensberg South Africa
Australian volunteers with local volunteers at Malpane Primary School South Africa 2018
Australian volunteers with local volunteers at Malpane Primary School South Africa 2018
Dimity Shillingsworth
Dimity Shillingsworth was a Team Leader on the 2019 Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange program.