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Glass Jar Australia welcomes Sophie Coffin to board of directors

Rhiannon Clarke -

Sophie Coffin is the newest addition to the board of directors at Glass Jar Australia, the organisation behind the influential Shooting Stars program.

Ms Coffin will join existing board members Dr. Richard Walley, Robyn Smith Walley, Tara Martin, Simone Hansen, and chairperson Dr. Glenda Kickett.

The Palyku and Ngangumarta woman who also has strong connections to Yindjibarndi Country in the Pilbara region, brings a wealth of experience to the board.

Ms Coffin professional background includes serving as Principal Associate to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court.

She has also gained a diverse range of experiences in education and youth outcomes throughout her career.

Starting as an education assistant in Geraldton where she provided support to high school students with special needs, Ms Coffin then moved into a state government youth engagement role.

In this capacity she worked with young people and horses in the Kimberley at Yawardani Jan-ga, further expanding her understanding of youth development.

Additionally, Ms Coffin has also worked as a tutor at the University of Western Australia, contributing to the education of future generations. Beyond her varied professional background, Ms Coffin's dedication to cultural security and social justice is evident in her advocacy work.

She is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to education and opportunities, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Board Chair, Dr Glenda Kickett said the board are excited to welcome their new recruit.

"We are extremely lucky to have Sophie on the board, and I look forward to the perspectives and insights she will offer," Dr Kickett said.

"It's hard to imagine one person can cover such a broad spectrum of criteria so beneficial to the organisation.

"The extent of her experience and achievements throughout her career to date, both professionally and academically, is beyond impressive.

"Furthermore, her presence, contributions and advocacy in matters surrounding reconciliation, culture, and the rights of Aboriginal women and youth, make her an invaluable asset to our team."

Ms Coffin said she feels privileged for the opportunity to work with Glass Jar Australia's board.

"I am very excited to be joining Glass Jar Australia's board. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to work alongside and learn from such respected and accomplished leaders in our community," she said.

"The organisation's vision of empowerment aligns with my passion for social justice and leadership development for our young girls and women.

"I've seen the impact of the Shooting Stars program and its strong reputation in community. I strongly believe education leads to empowerment and the more educated our community, the better outcomes we can create for our mob."

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