Helen Ockerby inspiring young women to embrace their full potential

July 12, 2018

Shooting Stars is proud to support and acknowledge NAIDOC Week, with Kimberley Regional Manager Helen Ockerby a shining example of a leader creating positive social change within her community.

Helen is an original employee of Shooting Stars, helping to affect genuine change in the lives of more than 300 participants in seven sites across Western Australia, namely; Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Meekatharra, Mullewa, Narrogin and Wiluna.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is, Because of Her We Can, which focuses around the important roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – in the community at local, state and national levels.

Helen has taken a hands-on approach in her Shooting Star role working to help keep young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in school and engaging them with necessary support to achieve their full potential.

Helen commenced working with Shooting Stars in January 2016 when she single handedly started up the Halls Creek program before moving onto the Derby program.

Helen continues to support both programs participants and staff whilst collaborating in community to achieve the best opportunities and outcomes for all.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said Helen’s work within the Program and Indigenous communities is second to none.

“This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Because of Her We Can’ and in our case Shooting Stars is because of Helen,” she said.

“Helen is a true example of a strong Indigenous woman who is making a real impact within her community.”

“She represents what Shooting Stars is all about, using our influence to encourage the next generation of young women to embrace their full potential.”

Shooting Stars uses netball as a driver to help encourage young girls to stay in school and its participants are in safe hands with Helen, who also represented Broome in the A-grade Northwest Championships this year.

Helen was also the artist behind the creative for Netball WA’s Innovate 2018-2019 Reconciliation Action Plan.

Helen is also a Board member of Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation whose role is to assist Kimberley communities to deliver sport and recreation activities.   On the back of all this great work, Helen was awarded the 2018 Sporting Achievement Award at the Kullari NAIDOC Awards in Broome.

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