Camilo Demarco is a Uruguayan man living on Dja Dja Wurrung Country and is the men’s family safety coordinator at Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative. He is the creator/facilitator of the Merrijig Mooroopook (Healthy Spirits) program, a men’s healing program that works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have used family violence.
Camilo is the recipient of the 2020 Churchill Fellowship exploring how First Nations communities around the world are working with men who have used family violence. He has been participating in and facilitating men’s groups and circles since 2006 and is part of the organising team of the Rites of Passage organisation in Castlemaine.
Camilo has previously worked in the alcohol and other drugs and youth justice sectors which embedded in him a strong belief in a trauma-informed approach to the work. Camilo is passionate about community work and social justice issues and believes that everyone has a story worthy of being heard and shared.