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.

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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. Download our most recent Annual Reports here:

Annual Report 2023

Annual Report 2022

Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Our Board

Luka Gray, Chairperson
Rachael Enkel, Vice-Chairperson
Wen-Jun Lee, Treasurer
Stephanie Knox, Secretary
Narelle Dennett, Board Member
Cecelia Kelly, Board Member

Cilla de Lacy

Cilla de Lacy


Cilla is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held numerous governance roles including Councillor and Mayor of the City of Nedlands (2017-21), Panel member Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel (2020) and Parent representative Hollywood Primary School Board. A public policy professional and community advocate Cilla also established and Chaired the Hollywood Underground Power Action Group (2016-18) and was an inaugural member of Westcycle’s Transport and Advocacy Advisory Group (2019-20).

With an Honours degree in Natural Resource Management, Masters in Environmental Law and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Cilla’s career over three decades has focussed on championing the public good through developing public policy in the areas of water, energy, land planning, community/social infrastructure and transport. When her two boys started school Cilla became actively involved in the school community joining the P&C and then the Board as she remembered how important a good school education was to her in making her dream to attend university a reality. For years, Cilla has also championed gender equity and reducing social inequality having grown up in a lower socio-economic area (where finishing school and going to university was rare), and in a very traditional home where gender stereotypes were the norm. In fact, Cilla was only the second female elected Mayor of the City of Nedlands in 2019.

In joining SHINE, Cilla hopes she can help as many girls as possible to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be, by establishing the solid foundations of a good education.

Libby Soderholm

Libby Soderholm

Deputy Chairperson

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 vice chair for South Coastal Health and Community Services Board, and 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 worked at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as a Sports Physiotherapist.

Wen Jun-Lee

Wen Jun-Lee


I am a corporate finance executive with 18 years’ experience in investment banking, strategic planning/budgeting and corporate development. I am currently employed by Mount Gibson Iron in the role of Head of Corporate Development, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, I am responsible for internal and external growth opportunities for the company, financial analysis of large commercial arrangements and overseeing the annual budget and quarterly review processes. Prior to my current role, I gained investment banking experience with Macquarie Group in Sydney and London and strategic planning experience with BHP in Perth.

I graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2003 with a double degree in Law and Commerce. Since then, I have also completed the Chartered Accountant program and Company Directors Course with the AICD. I also have experience in the not-for-profit sector, volunteering for the last seven years as a Research Grants Advisory Committee Member with Cancer Council Western Australia, where I help assess cancer research projects for funding.

Working with Shine presents a great opportunity for me to combine my broad financial and strategic experience, with my recent governance learnings and strong interest in in the Mid-West of Western Australia. Mount Gibson Iron has been a long-term supporter of Shine and I have always taken an interest in the program. In addition to my strong financial experience, formal education and interest in the Mid-West, I bring cultural and gender diversity to the Board.

Steph Knox

Stephanie Knox


Steph Knox was born in Cooma, NSW and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand before moving to Perth in June 1988. Steph is now married with two adult children and is a proud first time Nana.

She completed a Bachelor of Human Services (Disability) before completing a Bachelor of Social Work (2002) and has worked in Human services both on the ground and in leadership positions for over 30 years – in between this time has also run a Family Day Care Service for 4 years and working for State Government in Contracting and Grant Management positions – for 13 years.

Steph has had the pleasure of leading team operationally to deliver services both in Perth metro and rural and remote locations in particular Kimberley / Goldfields and South West. She has experience in working across a range of sectors including: Disability, Veterans, Mental Health, Youth Justice, Out of Home Care and Aboriginal Driver Training Programs, and is currently the Operations and Development Manager for a medium Disability NDIS provider based in Perth.

She is passionate about supporting young women in their educational development so they can progress their professional goals, and is especially interested in supporting programs which seek to reduce any barriers both personal and systemic that address disadvantage and is very excited to be invited to join the amazing work of the SHINE team and is looking forward to supporting the Chair and CEO throughout the coming year.

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Racheal Enkel

Non-Executive Director

Having lived in WA all her life and with a strong sense of family and giving back, Racheal has volunteered and worked in rapidly changing community, aged and disability services. She has a passion to give back and ensuring everyone feels valued, safe and has every opportunity to be their best, no matter who they are.

Never one to sit still, Racheal is constantly trying to keep ahead of the curve and has a thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement. Racheal is also an Alumni of Leadership WA, AIM WA and Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Racheal has worked on the board of Not For Profits in WA in a variety of roles.