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The Resource Back on track, Bernie Shakeshaft with James Knight

Back on track, Bernie Shakeshaft with James Knight

Label
Back on track
Title
Back on track
Statement of responsibility
Bernie Shakeshaft with James Knight
Title variation
Back on track
Title variation remainder
how one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As a kid, Bernie Shakeshaft's mischievous and reckless behaviour led him to became known as the wild one of his devout Catholic family. It isn't surprising that his path led him to the Northern Territory, a place where people often go to either lose themselves or find themselves. Bernie, a searcher for his purpose in life, found himself. He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities. Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams. For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
VHEI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shakeshaft, Bernie
Dewey number
364.3609944
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Knight, James
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakeshaft, Bernie
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Rural youth
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Youth, Aboriginal Australian
  • Youth workers
  • Dogs
  • Social work with youth
  • Youth workers
Target audience
adult
Label
Back on track, Bernie Shakeshaft with James Knight
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
22937134
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780733642128
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019026106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits
Label
Back on track, Bernie Shakeshaft with James Knight
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
22937134
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780733642128
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019026106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits

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