QLD Australian of the Year - Rachel Downie

Congratulation to Alex SLSC member, Rachel Downie, who has been named Queensland’s Australian of the Year for 2020.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the Rachel on receiving the prestigious honour.

“As a teacher, Rachel Downie has seen bullying and cyberbullying become serious issues over the past 10 years, and when one of her students took his life as a result, she took action,” the Premier said.

"Rachel created Stymie, an anonymous online reporting system that enables children experiencing bullying or other mental health challenges to seek support.

Last year she spoke to more than 83,000 students about creating a culture of care in their schools, conducting workshops with students, staff and parents covering topics such as eSafety, cyberwellness, personal safety and boundaries.

This is a critical issue in our society and one we must all work together on to combat. As a government we’re doing what we can and I’m incredibly proud of the work others like Rachel are doing in order to keep young people safe.”

Congratulations Rachel and good luck at the national awards in Canberra on the eve of Ausralia Day.

Your Club, the Alex SLSC, is right behind you.

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