Haydyn is a descendant of the Adnyamathanha, Yarluyandi and Narungga peoples. He has direct family ties with the Flinders Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Simpson Desert & South- West Queensland.
Haydyn is a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in education and training. He has had a diverse career including representing Australia on several occasions at national and international gatherings.
Haydyn established his own company Bookabee Australia in 2005 with a vision to become a leader in authentic Aboriginal Cultural Tourism and Aboriginal Cultural Consultancy Services. Through Bookabee, Haydyn has delivered Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity & Respect Training to many thousands of participants across schools, universities and Government, NGO, corporate and private organisations. Bookabee Australia is a South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame recipient and multi-award-winning company based in Adelaide South Australia.
Haydyn is the City of Adelaide 2021 Australian Citizen of the Year Award Recipient. He was recognised for his dedication, commitment and contribution to the community and business in the field of Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity and Respect Training.
Lele is the Managing Director of Bookabee Australia and manages all things concerning company logistics. She is a former teacher with many years experience in Early Childhood Teaching.
Lele worked for many years in education and since 2005, has managed the company and is the first point of contact when you contact Bookabee, and is quick to reply and provide assistance to all.
Lele has a wealth of skills and knowledge that make the Bookabee Australia experience memorable and enjoyable.
Iteka Ukarla Sanderson-Bromley is 21 & lives in Adelaide. Her language groups are Adnyamathanha (Flinders Ranges), Narungga (Yorke Peninsula) & Yarluyandi (Simpson Desert).
Iteka’s ‘Yura mityi’ (Aboriginal/birth order name) is Warrikanha meaning 2nd born. Iteka Ukarla makes regular trips home to ‘country’ & shares her culture through art, as well as by guiding cultural tours in Adelaide as part of her family’s business.
Iteka is a member of Aboriginal dance groups, ‘Of Desert & Sea’, Tjarutja Dance Theatre & Tal-Kin-Jeri. Iteka completed Year 12 in 2018 & is now at Adelaide University studying Anthropology & Sociology.
She regularly delivers Bookabee Tours to a diverse range of tour guests and especially enjoys working with our international guests. She is extremely approachable and shares her knowledge of native plants and the Aboriginal Cultures Museum with enthusiasm and pride.
Tjimari Sanderson-Milera is a Kokatha, Narungga, Kaurna and Adnyamathanha man. Tjimari has worked in various positions as a mentor and support worker for Aboriginal youth.
Growing up Tjimari has always understood the value of giving back to community and the younger generation and is keen to help change people’s mindsets about Aboriginal people and community and learn more about Aboriginal culture.
Tjimari established his own business in 2020 delivering cultural education sessions and workshops to schools. He also works for the family business, Bookabee Australia, and assists with delivering cultural tours and delivering Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity & Respect Training.
Tjimari was the 2014 Young South Australian Aboriginal Achiever of the Year, the 2015 NAIDOC Male Sportsperson of the Year and in 2019, the Port Adelaide Enfield Sportsperson of the Year.
Whilst working in the field of industrial relations in the 1990s, Haydyn identified the need for quality tailored cultural experiences across a range of areas. This lead to the establishment of Bookabee Australia in 2005. In 2007, Bookabee Australia Pty Ltd was established and now has 2 distinct business arms within the company:
Bookabee Services Australia: Government and non-government, private sector and industry consultancy services including Aboriginal Affairs, Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity and Respect (Cultural Awareness) Training and general consultancy services.
Bookabee Tours Australia: Middle to high end private tours to local and outback touring destinations.
Bookabee Australia was established to improve cultural sensitivity and responsiveness of organisations. We have been involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of quality professional development programs for almost 30 years. The Cultural Sensitivity and Respect Training that we deliver has been developed for a wide variety of audiences and has received great positive feedback by participants. Our Training and Development has received accolades and been well received by corporate, government, non-government and private industry sectors. It led to Haydyn being recognised and awarded the Adelaide City Council – 2021 Citizen of the Year.
We currently have a number of large contracts across a variety of diverse sectors. We use an interactive, relaxed style of delivery when presenting that safely engages participants in a genuine cultural experience.
The full day training engages participants in a cultural immersion experience that sensitively encourages them to examine their attitudes, values and beliefs towards Aboriginal Australia in a safe non-judgmental learning environment. The aim of the experience is to safely and sensitively present facts and information to assist participants to adopt a healthier, more positive world view of Aboriginal Australia.
Continually updating and reviewing the Bookabee Australia Cultural Sensitivity and Respect Program has enabled it to maintain currency and relevance over more than two and a half decades. We ensure it is current and relevant to today’s times by adapting and incorporating topical themes and news events.
Below is an except from the IQ2 debate that features Stan Grant, a proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal Man who challenges our nation with his memorable address. This is one of the resources that is used in our Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity and Respect Training.
Bookabee Australia is a member of Supply Nation