The Bullying Revolution is a project for social change that is the brainchild of bullying behaviour educators Cameron Gill and Teresa Butler. We believe in a world free of bullying behaviours, where children don’t just survive, but thrive. We aim to create a revolution in the bullying field with approaches that result in sustainable cultural change.
Teresa Butler is a psychologist, educator, author and advocate. She has over 20 years counselling and advocacy experience with disadvantaged and vulnerable youth and children. She worked with headspace, Australia’s national youth mental health network for five years, and was a teaching associate in the counselling psychology program at Monash University for over 10 years. Teresa is a co-founder and program developer at The Bullying Revolution.
Cameron Gill is a teacher, a social entrepreneur, a bullying prevention advocate, and a community and parent educator. Cameron is also a physiotherapist with over 10 years experience in paediatrics, specialising in the early intervention disability sector with children with additional needs. He is the director of ParagonInc, a Superhero school that provides a range of life and leadership skills, including bullying prevention programs, social action and advocacy training, and resilience training programs for children and adolescents. Cam is renowned for tackling a challenge or pursuing a pathway simply because someone was heard to say it couldn’t be done, and he has made it his life’s work to create the biggest positive impact in the lives of as many people as possible. He is the director of ImpossibleCo, and co-founder of The Bullying Revolution, and a chaser of squirrels.
For the past six years, Cam has also been accompanied by his aggressive and rare, but otherwise friendly brain tumour, affectionately known as Timmy. Timmy is a glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 tumour (GBM4), and was located in Cam’s temporal lobe in December 2011. After two surgeries and radiotherapy/chemotherapy treatment, Timmy was relatively well-behaved until September 2016, when Cam had a third surgery to reduce Timmy’s size. After completing 6 months of additional chemotherapy, as well as rehabilitation from a stroke that occurred as a complication of neurosurgery, it was discovered in mid-2017 that Timmy has a new friend, whom Cam calls Webster. Webster has kept Cam busy in the last few months with more radiotherapy and ongoing chemotherapy. However, Cam does not let these challenges limit him; if anything, they increase his desire to work hard to impact real change, and drive him to push beyond boundaries of expectations and to embrace challenges others may consider impossible.
If you’ve seen any of our posts, workshop resources, presentation slides, and comments on our pages, you’ll notice squirrels are often featured. We’re pretty passionate and excited by the work we do. We love to talk and share ideas and whenever we do, we are always coming up with new ideas we want to explore. We are easily excited and distracted by great tangential ideas, and we want to follow them all. If you’ve seen the Pixar film UP, you’ll know the talking dog Dug, who stops what he is doing whenever he sees a squirrel to chase after it. That’s us. Squirrel chasers. We’re always happy to chase squirrels, and we welcome diverse and tangential conversations!