Lyndon Davis

Lyndon Davis is from the Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast-Gubbi Gubbi country and is involved in delivering cultural awareness to schools throughout the area. He also operates the successful Gubbi Gubbi Dance troupe.

"My nan was a great influence in my life and instilled in me the importance of a good education," Lyndon said.

As a result Lyndon was successful in his application for a scholarship and attended boarding school. Accepting the scholarship meant that he had to overcome the challenges of leaving his family and country and living with strangers in a boarding school for five years.

Lyndon persevered and after finishing his schooling went on to work in a few different jobs including cultural heritage, construction, and youth work before embarking on his own business.

"What I find most satisfying about the work I do is putting Aboriginal people and our culture in the spotlight in a positive way," he said.

"For me it's about getting a message out there to change the attitude of some people and have them become more involved in our culture. For them to have an understanding and more awareness of Aboriginal people, our native birds, wildlife, plants and so forth and in doing so appreciate the beauty around them."

Lyndon says, while his greatest inspiration was his nan, he also learnt a lot from his old uncles and his family - each one playing a big part in his life.

"I believe you should never forget who you are or where you come from and if you don't know then try to find out, otherwise you're aimlessly wondering and are never truly settled within," he said.

Despite such impressive audiences as the Queen, the Dalai Lama and past Prime Ministers, a humble Lyndon Davis says, "what would have meant more than anything to me would have been to perform in front of my nan and uncles if they were still here today."

Equally impressive is the recognition Lyndon has received from the Sunshine Coast University being awarded the Senior Fellowship Award to honour his services over the last fifteen years.

Lyndon says he's driven to be a positive role model for the next generation.

"I'd describe myself as a big fig tree - a totem that was passed down to me by an Elder. It houses animals, provides food and shelter, has strong roots and is well grounded.

"My message is this: be proud of who you are and if you believe you're right, stick up for yourself," he said.

DESCRIPTION: Photography by Tony Phillips, Profile Photographics.