Above, Rachel Ashley, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, speaks to students at Vedder middle school during an anti-bullying presentation on Wednesday morning in Chilliwack.
She has been spreading the word about the dangers of bullying through her own music and words for a year and a half, and has been to 225 schools across Canada.
Rachel, a high-achieving student, was bullied for two years when she was in middle school. She was even punched in the face and had to have dental work done to repair broken teeth as a result of bullying.
It wasn’t until Grade 10, a year after the bullying began, when she finally told her parents about the problem.
Rachel finished high school through correspondence and graduated last year, all while touring the country and speaking to teens about bullying.