Welcome to SHINE

SHINE is a complementary education program to support young girls and young women who are at risk of disengaging from the mainstream education system because of personal disruption to, disconnection from or discontinuity with the school curriculum and the school community. SHIMMER is an extension of SHINE that runs in primary schools for Year 6 students.

Built on the premise that true generational change starts with the empowerment of girls, SHINE is a dynamic organisation, incorporated in 2012, that creates a safe haven where girls can be themselves, be inspired, experience achievement and gain a sense of belonging with a group of peers facing similar issues.

With the support and guidance of a positive, trained adult mentor, participants learn vocational skills including communication and customer service as well as gain an understanding of general employer expectations.

The multi-faceted life skills program develops a fundamental understanding amongst students of accountability, responsibility, connection, confidence, self-love, trust, structure, respect for oneself and others, communication and the ability to make decisions in their own lives.

Since its inception, the primary outcomes of the SHINE program have been:

  • improved school attendance rates
  • improved resilience
    student re-engagement in the learning process
  • positive relationships with other students, teachers and the broader community
  • identification of alternative ways to address issues and events happening in the students’ lives
  • enhanced post-school opportunities
    improved health and wellbeing

Our program is designed with a 40-week series of lessons which are linked to the WA curriculum. Lessons include skills development, experiences, community service and incentives tailored to each year’s cohort of students and school needs.

Because SHINE makes a positive and lasting difference to the lives of young women and girls through support and education, the benefits are felt by families, the school and the whole community.

Shine Inspire Achieve Belong
Shimmer program

A few statistics - attendance and more

30 %
average school attendance by SHINE participants​
10 %
of participants achieved over 90% attendance

Aboriginal Students in our program have better average school attendance as compared to WA Government regional schools.

30 %
increase in better relationships, feeling connected
30 %
new friendships
50 %
awareness of healthy habits


Our Annual Reports give further detail about our organisation. Our 2021 Annual Report is expected to be released in June 2021. Download our most recent Annual Reports here:

Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2020

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Annual Report 2019

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Annual Report 2018

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Our Leaders

Rebecca Millar, CEO Shine Inspire Achieve Belong Inc

Rebecca Millar


I value our depth of impact on a real-life level where schools’ commitment to giving students the time to be fully immersed in our program is fundamental to the life changes and growth we see in our girls.

We don’t shy away from the harsh realities of life, but we also see the potential, positivity and opportunities life has to offer if girls have the resources, skills, confidence and support to determine their own futures. I believe education is the key, but you can’t engage fully in education if some fundamental needs are not being met. This is why we appreciate and work alongside educators who understand and invest in the needs of their students’ wellbeing.

What stands out for me about the SHINE program is the partnerships, community support and commitment and passion of our SHINE staff. There are many hands and hearts helping and giving and being prepared to walk alongside each and every single girl, acknowledging, celebrating and encouraging their unique life and journey. Together we are prepared to tackle the complexities and issues facing young women and girls and throughout this report you will see the smiling faces of many SHINE students, but I also hope you see their courage, resilience, creativity and friendships.

Joanne Abraham, Shine Board Secretary

Joanne Abraham

Deputy Chairperson

Joanne was the Operations Manager at the West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation. She is passionate about changing the underlying causes of Aboriginal disadvantage and building awareness of intragenerational trauma experienced by Aboriginal people.

Prior to her commitment to alleviating Aboriginal disadvantage, she worked as a senior metallurgist across a broad range of minerals and mineral processing operations. Her experience encompasses large scale mining and smelting operations to bench scale test work programs and feasibility studies. At present, she is pursuing a long-held dream to author her first book.

Joanne knows the value of education to deliver life-long benefits and the power of storytelling to share diverse voices.

Our Board

Marli van Wyk, Shine Treasurer

Marli van Wyk


With a post-graduate degree in Management Accounting, being an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA), Marli has worked in many accounting roles in various industries, ranging from commercial printing, consulting, transport, medical research and corporate finance over the last 20+ years.

As Finance Manager at the Midwest Ports Authority, she brings strong financial acumen to the SHINE Board. Marli has successfully completed the Foundations of Directorship course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and served on another voluntary board for a non-for-profit based in Geraldton.

Numbers are her thing but so is making opportunities for young women to be financially independent.

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson


Barbara is the inaugural Chair of Women Inspiring Better Business, a committee member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Midwest and a member of the coveted alumnae of the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

Barbara advocates for women in all spheres of business and life. She is the Employment Facilitator for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment where she brings key stakeholders together to address priorities in the Local Jobs Plan. She has extensive business and tourism industry experience and has led and initiated projects throughout the Midwest and Gascoyne Region.

Jenni Harrison, Shine Board Chairperson

Dr. Jenni Harrison


Jenni is a PhD-qualified medicinal chemist and MSc qualified (distinction) in digital education.  In 2011, Jenni migrated her family from Scotland choosing Western Australia where she is part of the Executive Team at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Jenni is a skilled executive with substantial knowledge and has been leading at an executive level for almost 15 years in areas including government, industry and academia. 

 A graduate of AICD, Jenni is a strategic thinker with strong governance experience on boards, advisory committees and steering groups.  In 2020, Jenni was selected to be part of AICD’s Flagship Director Pipeline Program for women.  Jenni is highly passionate about using education to support women in all aspects of their life and uses her position to positively promote inclusion.  She is a member of UN Women Australia, STEM Women, Women in STEMM and a role model for Women in Technology WA.


Dr Alma Fulurija


Alma Fulurija is an immunologist and holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia. She has more than 15 years of experience in the biotech and pharma sectors working at the interface of academia and industry. She joined the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative in 2019 as Project Lead. 

Alma is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where she is a researcher and lecturer in immunology and supervises post-doctoral fellows and higher degree students. Alma has a strong interest in translating evidence-based research into clinical outcomes and enjoys working on projects that have potential to improve health outcomes. She also believes that healthy young women contribute to a better world.


Mark Adam


Mark is the Managing Director of his own business Batavia Safety Consultancy working as a Safety and Training Consultant predominately in the Mining and Civil Industries.  Mark has held many positions over his working career including qualified Bricklayer, Plant Operator, TAFE Lecturer and Trainer, Manager Coates Hire and various Safety Advisor and Training roles. With over 30 years of industry experience, including his time as HSE Manager for Northern Star Resources Jundee in Wiluna, his passion is keeping people safe at work and the promotion of a positive safety culture in the work-place.  

He understands people and that there are many pathways to a positive life but most important is cultivating a culture that supports young women as essential for a safe and sustainable future for all.

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Libby Solderholm


Libby is a Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Sports Physiotherapist and has worked in business, government, non-for-profit, health and community organisations. For many years she was Managing Director of 2 multidisciplinary health Clinics in Western Australia, and has a background in business operations, clinical governance, risk and strategy.  With a passion for the health and wellbeing of women and community, Libby is currently vicechair for South coastal Health and Community services Board, and also does work with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.   She is the Australian representative for the International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA), a subgroup of World Physiotherapy.  In 2001 she was the proud recipient of the Kim Beasley “Service to the Community” Award, and also worked at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as a Sports Physiotherapist.