Rob grew up in Queensland and is an engineer, an avid gamer, a atheist and a feminist. Rob has quite a few tattoos and each tattoo is a piece of art that means something to him. Rob spent a year living and working in England and recently volunteered at an African orphanage.
During high-school Rob was part of the ‘jock’ crowd and looking back, realises he sometimes bullied others.
Whilst our local Canberran presenters come from different walks of life, we all share some common qualities:
• OPEN and genuine in responding to questions
• CONFIDENT speaking about our identity/faith/culture/challenges and personal stories
• COLLABORATIVE in working with schools and co-presenters
• FLEXIBLE and able to work within the hours and locations required by schools
• PREPARED by undergoing prior training and briefing about your school
• SAFE, having obtained working with vulnerable people checks
Rod has been a police officer for more than 36 years. When Rod was three years old, his parents divorced due to major differences in their political and religious views. Rod lived with his mother until he was kicked out at just 11 years of age. Rod then lived as a street kid, wherever he could. Even in a shed behind his grandpa's house. He put himself through school and college in Canberra, and he loves being a police officer.
Despite being Indigenous, Scott is often asked “Where are you from?"
Scott’s been the target of racism and discrimination, including run-ins with neo-Nazis while in Germany. Scott has led youth leadership programs in Australia and overseas. He currently works on addressing Indigenous disadvantage.
Luke was born in Hangzhou, China. He migrated to Australia to undergo intrusive open heart surgery at the age of four. Luke took a couple of years to learn English at a public school in Melbourne, and a few more years to feel comfortable with his dual Australian-Chinese identity.
Whilst growing up, Luke loved watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and eating pizzas and pies.
Born and raised in Canberra, Hannah loves to laugh and to learn – especially about science, and technology.
Hannah is a practicing Christian and finds great comfort in her faith and traditions.
Hannah is a scientist and is currently working towards becoming a PhD. She is also a A-grade hockey player and a vegetarian.
Our presenters are just normal people who have gone through difficult times and interesting experiences. Throughout their lives, our team have answered curly questions about who they are, where they come from, and a range of other topics such as:
Australian society and culture, atheism, anti-Semitism, being bullied and being the bully, body image, cyber-bullying, colonisation vs settlement vs invasion, camping, cross-cultural communication, Christianity, converting to Islam, depression, discrimination, divorce, eating disorders, engineering, family, friendship, failure, faith, feminism, finding your passion, gaming, gender, halal, and haram, head-covering, homelessness, hate-crime, homosexuality, hiking, Indian culture, Indigenous disadvantage, Islam, Islamophobia, justice system, Judaism, kosher laws, LGBTIQ, living overseas, losing weight, love, married life, Mac vs PC, mental illness, motivation, prejudice, prayer, PokemonGo, racism, regrets, relationships, resilience, religious extremism, sex, sexism, skin-colour, self-improvement, suicide, tattoo artistry, terrorism, travel, unconscious bias, working as a police officer, working as a civil rights lawyer, vegan and vegetarianism, violent crime, volunteering, and youth leadership.
Through the 'Ask Me Anything' workshops, Shifra hopes to challenge stereotypes, combat prejudice and encourage mutual understanding. Shifra is Jewish-Indian-Australian, grew up in Mumbai and Melbourne, and now calls Canberra home. During school, Shifra learnt ancient Hebrew for her Bat Mitzvah, studied Japanese in Japan, and was bullied because of her "weird" name and crazy hair.
Brice grew up in the USA, in a single-parent home with his mother and two internationally adopted younger sisters. Brice has worked as a criminal prosecutor, civil rights attorney, and teacher before moving to Australia to get married and live with his Aussie wife. Along the way he lost over 70 kilos of weight, got hooked on all things caffeinated, discovered Islam, and has been a practicing Muslim for almost 5 years.
Heya is an out and proud bisexual, transgender woman and recently went through bottom surgery. Heya is a professional singer-songwriter, a qualified software developer, and Canberra local.
We're very happy to have Heya on the Ask Me Anything team.
Kay changed university degrees five times before completing degrees in Economics and Arts. When Kay was in high-school, her cousin who was dealing with substance abuse and depression moved into her home. It was during high-school that Kay found out her father was gay.
Kay is an atheist and loves politics, dogs, hiking. She is a PokemonGo master.