As the founder of BackTrack, Bernie’s exceptional work and innovation was recognised at the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, where he was named as Local Hero 2020. Having dedicated a lifetime to living out his passion for helping wild dogs and wild kids, using and sharing lessons learnt in remote ‘bush’ areas of Australia, where he surrounded himself with wise and skilful Aboriginal men and old school stockmen, he compounding those learnings overseas, on a prestigious Churchill scholarship, before returning to build an organisation that enabled him to give young people having a hard time a new life journey and a new beginning. His visionary work and relentless approach to it has now seen him forge a new beginning for over a 1000 young Australians.