Program of Event
Keynote Speakers

Rachel Downie

Twenty six years ago, Rachel Downie became an educator after seeing a need to help youth flourish.
With extensive experience in both public and private school settings, students have played a huge role in Rachel’s work as a Classroom Teacher, Head of Faculty, Head of Welfare, and Deputy Principal.
After losing a Year 9 student to suicide, Rachel decided that she needed to find a way to support our young people to say something when things ‘aren’t right’.
Rachel discovered that in emergent situations, students often felt too frightened to come forward with possible life-saving information, due to their social expectations and Australia’s cultural acceptance of bullying. This led Rachel to developing Stymie: harm reporting without fear.
At Channel Country Ladies Day, Rachel will share with us her journey in developing Stymie, and the leadership role she’s played in using education to empower young people. We can’t wait to hear Rachel’s inspiring story.