Charles Passi is a descendent of the Zogo Le, high priesthood of the Malo worship of Mer Island in the Torres Strait. As a Dauareb tribesman and a Narbit (first born), Charles has been given the mandate to represent his family and his people through his birth right.
Charles has been a keen advocate for the social development in Indigenous communities for more than twenty years and has worked with community organisations and government agencies alike and in the design of community programs and the development of capacity building initiatives. In renewing the historic culture that has kept Torres Strait communities vibrant and strong long before it was tarnished, Charles believes that here lie the answers to the many ills that the Torres Strait Islander communities face today.
As a current Board member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, and with his time as a member of Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research reference group, Charles is keen to unify the Torres Strait to a new vision, new hope and a new commitment to curb the ever present high rate of domestic and family violence in Torres Strait communities.
Charles follows in the footsteps of his mother the late Lena Passi whose memory the Lena Passi Women's Shelter on Thursday Island is dedicated to.