Indigenous Mentoring - Port Douglas

In 2019, we are launching a new one-of-a-kindness career pathways initiative for young Indigenous women. Our Each One, Teach One approach to mentoring will be a new way of working for us, in theme with our goal to collaborate with community leaders to create community change. 

Previous social enterprise initiatives have included our TalentEd camps, 1 Step 2 Star gifting program, Tiwi Youth Girls Leadership program and Higher Attire for Young Stars.

Since Starwin Shopfront opened in 2013, we have each year taken on work experience students. This year we wanted to step it up - and so from February we are piloting our 'Each One, Teach One' mentoring program to enable young Indigenous women to enter the workforce.

This is now extended to our new site in Port Douglas, thanks to a collaboration with NEATO Employment Services. 

Our 2019 Port Douglas team includes:

Besanka CreekBesanka Creek Starwin

"Hi, my name is Besanka Creek and I come from Kaantju and Kuku Nyungkal lines.

My family and I are originally from the Cape York but moved to Mossman many years ago, so now I call this place my home. I'm into Rugby League and I also play for the Mossman Sharkettes Ladies Team along side my to older sisters. We enjoy each others company out and off the field also with my team mates.

The bond I have with my family is very strong we do a lot of things together sometimes on weekends like hunting, fishing and swimming - eating what I catch is a lot more fun!"


Ellie Haines StarwinEllie Haines

"Hi, my name is Ellie and I'm 17 years old. I've lived around Port Douglas my whole life and although its beautiful new opportunities are hard to come by. Its so lovely working with Karina and learning new things within and outside of the industry. My dream is to work with children and I'm hoping sometime in the future i will have the qualifications to make a difference in their lives. Starwin is all about kindness and i love that I'm able to be apart of something so lovely. Kindness is something not all children have the privilege of getting and I hope in my future I will be able to give as many children the kindness they deserve." 

- Karina Gray, Starwin founder with a Major in Youth Work and Grad Cert in Entrepreneurship is leading the program design and coordination and providing informal mentoring for team members establishing their enterprises 


- Kara Blakely, mumpreneur is providing administration and financial management support for the team

- Kate McTaggart Consulting, providing oversight of the Career Mentoring services for participants and evaluation of the program. 

- Shay Wilson, Indigenous enterprise owner is providing HR and payroll support

If you would like to support this social enterprise initiative and invest in career pathways for young Indigenous women, please get in touch