Welcome

Welcome to True Blue Dreaming (TBD)

True Blue Dreaming is committed to supporting and strengthening young lives in rural and remote communities. We are a youth and community development mentoring program engaging young people aged 12-18 in rural and remote Australia. Our programs have been successfully delivered in the Wheatbelt and Kimberley regions of Western Australia since 2004.

Governor of Western Australia travels to Bruce Rock to hear about TBD governor

Bruce Rock DHS hosted the Governor, Her Excellency, Mrs Kerry Sanderson (recent State Patron of TBD) on March 17 2015, who visited the school to learn about the TBD mentoring program in a school setting.

Mrs Sanderson had the opportunity to learn more about the program from all the secondary students, some of the mentors, board members, parents and shire representatives. As an extension to the True Blue Dreaming mentoring program the secondary students mentor the Year 1/2 students – as seen in photo to right with the Governor speaking to a mentor/mentee pair.

See what the students and mentors had to say about the program when they had a chance to talk to the Governor here. 

Rottnest Swim for True Blue Dreaming

True Blue Dreaming long time mentor, Jaxon Evans (far left in photo) is swimming to Rottnest with team mates Harlan Mullins, John Newman and Tom Smoker (left to right) to raise money for True Blue Dreaming.

The group will tackle the 20km swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island as a group this month with the hope of raising $5000 for True Blue Dreaming.

Jaxon has been involved as a mentor in the Wyalkatchem and Looma program for over three years and was a Coordinator last year. When asked why he was doing it, Jaxon responded “TBD is a great cause and we are stoked to be able to contribute.”

If you would like to help the team reach their $5000 goal, please follow this link: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/87904/rottnestswim2015

 Halls Creek District High School Indigenous Students visit Perth  

On 16 November, two staff brought 6 students from Halls Creek DHS down to Perth for seven nights to be hosted by the mentors at St Catherine’s College, whose Head of College kindly offered free food and accommodation for the staff and students. The students wereWelcomed to Country and shared a campfire to commence the Perth trip and will participate with our mentors in a series of leadership workshops led by the mentors.

One of these cultural leadership development sessions was led by the Cultural Connection Code.  Cultural connection workshop

Added to these relationship building sessions, the students will also have a tour of UWA, visit the Zoo and participate in Netball WA and Wildcats Basketball Workshops. They will catch a movie, attend a surfing school, a hip-hop workshop, a health and beauty workshop and talk on Nyoongar radio about why they are here.

The 6 students will travel back to Halls Creek at the end of a fulfilling week with the 13 mentors to welcome them back into their home town and school, ready to begin another round of mentoring that will hopefully continue beyond these students secondary school life.

New Chairman for True Blue Dreaming

The recent appointment of Richard Pengelley as the new Dean of Perth has increased the demands on an already busy man!  Richard has therefore reluctantly resigned as Chairman of TBD and will also step down from the Board.  He will remain an active participant in TBD and, if time permits, continue to draw on his wealth of mentoring and life experience to offer advice and support to our mentors.  Our thanks go to Richard for his 2 years at the head of TBD, during which time we have grown our programs and reputation as an effective positive influence on young lives in rural and remote Australia.  He is an inspiration to all those in TBD and we look forward to continuing our connection in years to come.
Congratulations Richard on your new role and best wishes to you and your family from all at TBD.
At the recent Annual General Meeting, Tom Revy was elected Chairman.  Tom joined the Board in 2014 and sees an exciting time ahead for TBD as we grow our programs throughout Australia. click here for more on Tom.

The Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO meets with True Blue Dreaming.

The Governor General met with members and supporters of TBD during her recent visit to Perth. Her Excellency recalled times of growing up in a small country town in Queensland and mentors from her life during her meeting with about 50 True Blue Dreamers. The audience included mentees from the communities of Bruce Rock and Wyalkatchem as well as mentors from both UWA and Notre Dame. Akram Azimi was Master of Ceremonies and introduced some excellent speakers from the mentor and mentee group – Calvin Davis from Wyalkatchem, Lawson Butler from Bruce Rock and Ellie Tapsell from UWA. Past mentee, David Lewis, also spoke of his experiences and the influence this had on his military service especially in Afghanistan.

Patron

Fiona Stanley photoProfessor Fiona Stanley AC Patron of True Blue Dreaming. “For young people who live in rural and remote areas of Australia life can be very rewarding but also very challenging. Isolation, lack of role models, limited resources and lack of self confidence can limit them from achieving their goals and dreams. The wonderful young volunteers of True Blue Dreaming make a difference – I am proud to be the Patron.”

 

 

How you can help.

Our aim is to add 2 new programs each year for the next 5 years.  By supporting TBD you will share the credit for our achievements. Click here to visit our Donate & Fundraise section to learn more. 

 

Latest Updates

My True Blue Experience – Read the David Lewis story here. Visit our Art Gallery to see recent additions from the Bungleman Arts Centre in Looma – click here For all photos from this year’s camps, programs and activities - click here What are TBD Mentors? - click here Step into the TBD Journey – click here