Clothing designer and entrepreneur Dion Devow speaks about his passion for helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how he came to be a successful businessman.
CANBERRA’s 2018 ACT Australian of the Year Mark “Dion” Devow, is still coming to terms with the enormity of his award, and soon it will turn into more of a reality when he stands next to the nominees for the Australian of the Year Award.
Entrepreneur and community leader
2018 Australian of the Year for the Australian Capital Territory
When he chose a controversial name for his business, Dion Devow wanted to reclaim a derogatory term and express pride in his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Established in 2010, Darkies Design features Indigenous art and design on a range of apparel and promotional material. Dion now champions other Indigenous people to help them build businesses and achieve their dreams.
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Indigenous entrepreneur Dion Devow hopes other Aboriginal people will take inspiration when they learn he is 2018’s ACT Australian of the Year.
The clothing designer received the honour on Monday evening for his clothing enterprises and work championing Aboriginal people to achieve their business dreams.