Torres Strait Islander Alister Bartholomew grew up in Brisbane, where there is a strong TSI community attached to the Anglican Church, and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. His mother was born on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Alister is a Learning Skills Mentor with Indigenous Services at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about strengthening partnerships between educational institutions and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
He is an educator who currently works in schools across Queensland as a community partnerships officer for the Queensland Department of Education and Training. His work enables him to share the inherent wisdom, stories and insights from his Torres Strait Island heritage in classrooms across the state. Alister’s work brings teachers and students from all cultural backgrounds together to connect and better understand one another as fellow human beings sharing a fragile planet. He realised his dreams by going to university (gaining a combined Arts and Education degree at USC) and is now working to help others experience the transformational power of education.