Dame Susan Devoy is a former New Zealand squash player, who won the World Open on four occasions. In March 2013, Dame Susan was chosen for the role of Race Relations Commissioner for New Zealand. The Race Relations Commissioner encourages Kiwis to not stand by while people are being racially abused or discriminated. Dame Susan really tries to stop Kiwis from being racist and standing by when people are being racially abused.
Year 8 was lucky enough to have her talk to us about what she does and what our Term 1 inquiry topic ‘Super Diversity’ is really about.
Dame Susan brought along her colleague, Lily, who is a refugee from Syria, to speak to us about her experience coming to and living in New Zealand. Her father was put in prison after he stood up to the government of Syria because he wanted freedom. Lily, her mother and her siblings escaped and were put into a refugee camp. They were lucky enough to be taken to a beautiful and safe country like New Zealand. Lily went to school in New Zealand and was being bullied at the age of 12 all the way through school because of her skin colour. Lily is now at university and can speak amazing English!
We were very lucky to have had Dame Susan Devoy and Lily speak to us. We learnt a lot from them and we hope they enjoyed speaking at the College.
Rose Hammond and Jemima Hawkesby