Born and raised in the Bahamas, David migrated to Perth with his family in the early 70’s. An avid cook and lover of spicy, interesting tropical food, he travelled throughout south east Asia exploring the wonders of the regions food and culture. David has taught private and night cooking classes since arriving in Darwin in the early 90’s.
After a number of years working in the training kitchen of CDU, he joined St Vincent de Pauls Knockabout Chef program, training homeless and at risk youth, refugees and people with mental illness in Commercial Cookery to transition them into employment and sustainable futures.
The program closed in 2015, not before David was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research models of Culinary Education for at disenfranchised youth in Singapore and USA. David is currently developing a working program that can be used here to affect real change in young people’s lives.
David has always been passionate about the work that tracks does, especially working in our culturally diverse Territory. He believes that everyone has a story to tell. Tracks unique and inclusive methods allow us to have a true sense of belonging and is vital to our community’s growth and development. David was named Australian of the Year, NT Local Hero 2016 for his work with Knockabout Chefs and Tracks Dance.
Since the mid-nineties, David has assisted Tracks work on and off stage in many roles. A member of the Committee of Management since incorporation in 1999, and its inaugural Chairperson, his shared dream of allowing others the chance to shine still remains a prime motivator to assist the remarkable work of Tracks Dance.