Gemma established Resilience Kit when she saw the opportunity for children to benefit from participating in group-based services which focus on building resilience in the family to reduce child anxiety.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology), with First Class Honours (APS Prize Winner, 2015).
Gemma was born in Australia to a Malaysian mother and an Australian father. Throughout her childhood and in to adulthood, Gemma has comfortably managed to determine her personal identity balancing both her Malaysian and Australian heritage.
She believes that people are becoming more accepting of different cultures. Gemma sees increased empathy, gratitude and understanding of one another as the positive outcomes from multiculturalism.
She believes that taking the time to be mindful, present and appreciative of where we are right now would help bring us all closer together. “ We can be so quick to judge and quick to assume and make assumptions on how people look and how they dress. But, when we take the time to really be present and listen and give people a few minutes of our day, we learn something and hopefully over time, that can decrease this fear about people who are different to us.”
Gemma is the Director of a social impact business called Resilience Kit that specialises in group programs for children 4 to 14 years of age to help them build resilience and reduce their anxiety.
Gemma makes a special effort to meet parents in the community and spread information about resilience building in children. No matter their background, Gemma finds that all parents are worried about the same thing - “whether or not [their children] are going to be happy and be successful in life”.
Gemma Lee Taylor - Name Meaning
Gemma is a name of Latin origin, meaning "gem" or "gemstone" or “Precious Stone”.
Lee is a given name derived from the English surname Lee (which is ultimately from a placename derived from Old English leah "clearing; meadow").
Lee - a clearing or meadow.
Taylor is a surname used in the British Isles of French and Latin origin which originated as a Norman occupational surname (meaning tailor) in France. It is derived from the Old French tailleur ("cutter") which is in turn derived from the Late Latin taliator, from taliare ("to Cut").
Taylor - cutter or to cut.
When we take the time to be present with one another we create the opportunity to empathise and deeply understand each other.
In doing so, over time we learn to see each other for who we really are and develop stronger bonds and relationships.
Gemma Lee Taylor
Director | Resilience Kit