Tick Everett: After the tragic death of their teenage daughter, Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett in January 2018, following extensive bullying, Tick along with his wife Kate founded Dolly’s Dream, to create positive change and a legacy to their daughter.
Dolly’s Dream aims to raise awareness about bullying and its potentially devastating effects on children and families. It delivers community education on bullying issues and strategies for preventing and mitigating bullying as well as promoting kindness.
Communities across Australia have held fundraisers and events to support Dolly’s Dream, with a focus on regional and rural Australia. Kate and Tick’s non-stop advocacy, meeting with the Prime Minister and Education and Health Ministers across the country, has resulted in governments taking childhood bullying and its devastating impacts more seriously.
Dolly’s Dream has achieved so much in such a short time. This includes:
- Providing educational resources to parents across Australia
- Reaching over 10 million Australians who have heard Dolly’s story
- Implementing anti-bullying and cyber safety programs in schools
- Raising awareness of the devastating effects of bullying and the importance of kindness
- Launching Do it For Dolly Day – a national day of kindness
Tick continues to advocate tenaciously on a voluntary basis while also working full time and in 2019 was named, along with Kate, as the National Recipient of Local Hero at the Australian of the Year Awards.
Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in using social science to create positive social change, who loves nothing more than to ‘geek out’ about ‘issues framing’. An expert in psychological anthropology and communications science, Nat is the CEO of the FrameWorks Institute, and contributor to the Navigating Waters: Talking About Parenting research conducted in partnership with Parenting Research Centre.
Nat’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge will leave you looking at the world in a slightly different way and convinced that the stories we tell, and the words we choose matter if we are to change what people think, feel, and do.
Nat has extensive experience with FrameWorks Institute projects on a wide range of topics relating to child wellbeing (including parenting, abuse and neglect, adolescent development, adolescent substance abuse, child mental health, out-of-home care, early childhood development, nutrition, and policy engagement).