Staff Profile: Lauren Seelander

November 22, 2019

Name: Lauren Seelander
Age: 30
Mob: Noongar
From: Geraldton
Role: Program Coordinator
Which school are you based at? Laverton School

Give us a snap shot of what your day to day job consists of:

In the mornings I assist with school breakfast & every Wednesdays the Shooting Stars Participants have their own special breakfast.

After breakfast I go out and chase up the girls that aren’t at school, engage with them and families to encourage the girls to attend school.

Recess & Lunch times we have the Shooting Stars room open where the girls come in and we will have games, listen to music, relax and have a yarn.

Twice a week we run netball trainings but at the moment its starting to get a bit hot, so we will alternatively do games in the Shooting Stars room.

Often I go to girls classes to check up on them and see how they are going and just basically creating that relationship with the girls.

Attendance is our main focus at the moment and I have been working really hard with the girls on this.

What do you love most about your job?

Being able to have a positive impact on the Shooting Stars participants.

How has working with Shooting Stars benefitted you?

Working with Shooting Star has and will give me a lot more opportunities. Being able to learn new skills, gaining more and new experiences will benefit me as it will improve me as a person.

What attracted you to the role?

I grew up playing netball so definitely that was one of the main things that attracted me to the job, also was basically doing similar things in running activities in the community so transferred my role in the community into the Shooting Stars program.

How do you envisage the programme evolving in the future?

As only just starting the Program this term and seeing the impact the program has already, think for the Shooting Stars Program it evolving out into more WA schools so we can impact a lot more of our Indigenous girls, to be able to provide a bigger future for our mob.