Shooting Stars is pleased to announce the appointment of Rishelle Hume to its Board.
A proud Noongar woman with traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Boodja peoples, Hume is currently the Manager, Aboriginal Employment Strategy at Chevron Australia.
She is also the direct descendant and granddaughter of the highly respected Noongar Whadjuk Elders, Mr Patrick and Ms Lorna Hume, who spent their lives tirelessly promoting Aboriginal Rights and Noongar culture.
Hume has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, justice and health, and is actively involved in the Aboriginal community within the Perth region.
She is also the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute, and was awarded the 2016 Western Australian of the Year – Aboriginal Category Winner.
Earlier this year Hume was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for service to the Aboriginal community.
“I am extremely excited and proud about being part of the Shooting Stars Board, as I come from a sporting background and competed at the elite level as a junior through to senior ranks in athletics,” Hume said.
“I truly believe sport can assist with a level of discipline, structure, and attitude to never give up on what you believe in and knowing that you can achieve whatever you desire and all you have to do is believe in myself.”
“Shooting Stars is an education program that uses sport to drive engagement at school, and I am passionate about the advancement of young Aboriginal girls.”
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz welcomed Hume to the Board.
“Rishelle is a passionate leader who is incredibly well respected in the West Australian community, and she has devoted her working life to the advancement of Aboriginal people and the Noongar culture,” Haintz said.
“Her experience and leadership is unparalleled, so we’re very proud to have her bring those attributes to the Shooting Stars Board.”
“On behalf of Shooting Stars, I welcome Rishelle to the Board.”
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
The program now boasts more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 85% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.
Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au