Staff Profile: Helen Ockerby

August 9, 2017

ASH_1793Name: Helen Ockerby
Age: 33
Role: Shooting Stars Kimberley Community Development Coordinator
What school are you based at? Both Halls Creek and Derby District High Schools.
Give us a snap shot of what your day to day job consists of: My day to day varies, I like to be hands on and mingle with all Shooting Stars Participants, so I will go have yarns or get into classrooms to show my support in learning. I also work with stakeholders and community to bring our program continued support and direction. I help to engage and ensure our participants and our program get the support we need, and in turn respect and support our followers, partners, community and further stakeholders so that we are all engaged, so our program is community owned, driven and everyone is working together to keep our young women at school or re-engaged with the necessary support and direction. It is important for progression that everyone is supported and that we work together to find success and influence positive social change.

What do you love most about your job?
Change. My favourite part is when you know you have built the confidence in a young person’s life, that you notice positive change, and you have worked extremely hard to develop strong, respectful relationships with community that they support that positive change. I am a strong believer in community empowering youth, there’s nothing better than witnessing and supporting change.

How has working with Shooting Stars benefitted you?
Theres a million ways it’s benefitted me, I cant even begin where to start. Working with Shooting Stars has been the biggest privilege and to know I am one of the starting employees who has watched it grow from strength to strength has been humbling.

What attracted you to the role?
A new challenge. I had never heard of a program like it with netball attached, and it being supported by a big body in Netball WA. I just knew it would be supported and have a strong presence in communities once it held ground. Deep down I knew that this was the job for me.

Why is the Shooting Stars organisation important to the community?
It’s important because we are there to work with, not against or in competition, but with the community to help our young women get into good spaces in their lives so that they can become well rounded young individuals. We want the future to succeed and to do that we have to work together to make it happen and support positive change.

How do you envisage the programme evolving in the future?
I envisage the program evolving in a space of empowerment, acknowledgement and leadership, where we have our young people graduating, finding meaningful employment or reaching further heights in life. There is so much potential and with the support and encouragement the possibilities are endless.