Semara is a proud Gudjula, Eastern-Kuku Yalanji and Darnley Island woman born and raised in Cairns, Far North Queensland and can be summed up in two words, Love and Leadership. With her keen interest in youth leadership development, Semara co-facilitated and co-coordinated the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow and Indigenous Leaders of the Future programs from 2011 to 2017.
Semara founded the youth-led not-for-profit Deadly Indigenous Youth Doing Good (DIYDG) and is now the Chairperson, their objectives are to give back to community and leadership development. DIYDG enables her to advocate, design and deliver leadership development, provide motivational speaking, develop a proactive youth culture and mentor young people to find the best in themselves.
In her spare time Semara is studying a Bachelor of Business Administration; has started a small family business MerMara Events; is an advisor to the Director of The From the Heart Campaign; a current foster carer; leads the annual Cairns NAIDOC March; is working on becoming a regular on the ABC Drum TV Show; a member of the Indigenous Youth Advisory Committee to the Foundation for Young Australians and a board member for Wuchopperen Health Service.