Shantelle is a proud Barkindji/Ngyampaa/European woman, who grew up in Dareton, NSW. She is a staunch proud mother of x3, an athlete, world champion, storyteller, educator, social entrepreneur, mentor, role model and social justice advocate. She lives, works and plays on the lands of the Kulin nations and is raising her young family. Shantelle remains strongly connected and committed to her community, and consistently travels home to contribute to her community, stay strong in her own identity and ensure her children are growing up strong in identity and connected to family, country and culture.
As a survivor of sex-abuse, a challenging childhood shadowed by lateral violence, racism and other challenging circumstances. Shantelle as a result of lived experiences and intergenerational trauma experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation after the birth of her twins in 2009, in which she developed sever post-natal depression. A time that almost saw her take her own life.
Shantelle is multifaceted and multilayered in the roles she carries, her dreams and the work she does. Shantelle has risen from the many adversities and challenges in her life to move from surviving life to living a life of self-determination and striving to be led by her ancestral mandate and vision for life. Shantelle uses and combines her lived, learned and earned experiences to use storytelling, workshops, mentoring, programs and much more to inspire and empower people to find their Warrior Within and learn to lead & live from the heart, living courageously and dare greatly.
Shantelle has a bachelor of arts, bachelor of teaching and a graduate certificate of Indigenous Trauma and Recovery, is a x3 World Champion in Jiu-Jitsu, Oceania Wrestling champion, Victorian & National NAIDOC sportsperson of the year. Run’s two businesses – Shantelle Thompson – storytelling, workshops and programs. Kiilalaana (Barkindji for growth) running self-empowerment, personal development and life skills programs in schools, youth groups and community organisations.