Taylor Birtchnell is an exceptional 21-year-old who works to empower and create a cohesive community. She has volunteered for over 14 years to causes including advocating for increasing women and girls in leadership roles, promoting equality, youth engagement and good mental health. Her conviction and mission to help others includes giving freely of her time at The Sanctuary Women and Children’s Refuge (DV Shelter), several legal clinics to assist vulnerable and socially disadvantaged individuals, the NCWQ, the Women’s Legal Service and Rotary. As the youngest member of Burleigh Heads Rotary, Taylor is changing the perception of what a ‘typical’ Rotary club member looks like.
Taylor advocates for people in need, especially in these crisis situations, and works to find appropriate legal support and resources to assist vulnerable women and children. She also assists various organisations by seeking funding and donations of goods. She believes that age is of no consequence if you have a burning desire to make a positive difference. Her enthusiasm and energy to help and support others, along with her ability to contribute to a growing number of organisations is remarkable.
MOST PROUD OF
I’m proud of my 14+ years service. Of the initiative and leadership involved in organising huge youth mental health events, the Dine with Tigers fundraiser, Drinks for Drought Relief fundraiser, as well as the #bringbackourgirls campaign.
Being named a Paul Harris Fellow, shortlisted for Queensland Young Australian of the Year, and being a recipient of the SI Stella Rickoff award. My community service, leadership and academic excellence resulted in me achieving a Bond VCE Scholarship, which was incredible, as otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to afford university.
WHY I LOVE QUEENSLAND
I love Queensland’s spirit! I have been welcomed into so many organisations and charities. In spite of the fact I’m only one person, I have been able to significantly contribute and have a positive impact on so many organisations, individuals and communities.
I love the validation, encouragement and support from fellow Queenslanders to reach for and achieve my goals and dreams.
MY VISION FOR QUEENSLAND
To support community members to reach their full potential, and a more united community. Youth can create incredible change in our community. Age does not define what you can contribute and doesn’t limit your ability to positively contribute to others. I have been involved in driving many campaigns concerning humanitarian and social justice issues, equality, youth engagement, leadership and mental health awareness, particularly domestic abuse victims and advocating for those who have no voice.
I have a profound conviction of the role empowered women can play in healthy communities and societies. I’m driven to create a community where everyone is valued, included and respected.
ADVICE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN
Don’t be quick to judge. Remember to be kind and considerate. Give of yourself, give selflessly of your time and energy. Be an advocate for things you’re passionate about–your journey will surprise, reward and engage you!
FEMECONOMY HAS PARTNERED WITH THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S OFFICE FOR WOMEN TO SHOWCASE QUEENSLAND WOMEN WHO ARE STRIVING TO CREATE GENDER EQUALITY.
Queensland is built by amazing Queenslanders. Every day women in Queensland are taking action to make Queensland safer for women, to help women’s health and wellbeing, to build women’s economic security and to increase women’s participation in the workforce and female leadership. Femeconomy is showcasing 20 women from across Queensland that are delivering the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy.