We are delighted to welcome Amy Cooke as School Liaison at North Balga Primary School.
Amy brings with her a blend of youthful enthusiasm, mature insight and a wide range of volunteering experience. She believes in 'the ability for love and empathy to transform a community' and has contributed to community groups as diverse as First Home Project, Earth Carers, Scripture Union and the Fairbridge Musical Festival.
Amy is a keen sailor, as well as having a passion for art and music. She is an experienced digeridoo and euphonium player, and has even conducted a 200 member girls' choir. She has also facilitated music lessons for students who have English as a second language, engaging people of different ages and from different cultures, through a shared interest in music.
Having spent time living on Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land, Amy says:
Having experienced working with diverse people and living in a remote indigenous community has made me very aware and respectful of the enormous and amazing range of people in the world.
Overcoming her own learning difficulties has taught her that everyone has their different strengths and challenges. This perspective will no doubt enable her to successfully walk beside those who might need extra assistance in the classroom.
Carrying passion and compassion along with thoughtfulness and fun, Amy will be a rich addition to the 12 Buckets team.
We are absolutely stoked to welcome back Kyle Lindbergh, who became involved with 12 Buckets when he coached the North Balga Rockets in 2015. After signing for a second season with the Stirling Senators basketball team, US import Kyle Lindbergh will once again partner with 12 Buckets.
We know that Kyle made a difference in the lives of the students he coached last year, but he says he has also been changed by the experience:
Prior to being with this group of kids, I never really wanted to coach. But now my coaching outlook has changed and is something I want to pursue as a career ... it's just really had a great impact on my life and now my love for basketball is even greater.
You can hear more of what Kyle has to say in this short video,which was recorded at the end of the 2015 season:
Kyle was so impacted by his involvement with the North Balga Rockets, that he is not only returning to Australia to play for the Stirling Senators, but he will be interning with 12 Buckets two days a week. We cannot wait to see what unfolds as a result of Kyle's input, as well as the continuing partnership between 12 Buckets and the Stirling Senators.