Bernie Shakeshaft

Bernie Shakeshaft

20 years of youth work in a full range of services across Australia shaped Bernie ‘s understanding of what it takes to make real impact and achieve life changing results for young people. Drawing on that knowledge, Bernie founded BackTrack in 2006 in Armidale, NSW.

Bernie’s vision was to create a model of youth work that redefined what achievements were possible and simultaneously strengthened individuals and communities. His passion for BackTrack has drawn many people forward, and the sustainability of the program is firmly planted in the strength of community contribution and connectedness.

A word from Bernie – “Over the past 7 years I have witnessed the growth of many young people in our community. We started with nothing except the determination to make a real difference -right here, right now. We have relentlessly stuck to our game plan – ‘what ever the price, only do what works.’

For confirmation that BackTrack works, trot down to the Shed anytime and look into the faces of our champion young people and prepare to be inspired.”

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