"I believe in paying it forward. Authenticity. Optimism. Celebrating success. I believe in having a go."

Stacey has not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair at 12 years old slow her down. Instead she has used her life experience and personal philosophies to establish the Stacey Copas Academy Of Resilience.

I'm driven by...

inspire people to dream bigger and aim higher.

“Being my best.

Doing what others say I can’t.


Seeing others succeed.

Making the world a better place.”

Stacey is driven to always be her best, to make a lasting, positive impact and to show how every person and organisation has the opportunity (and responsibility) to make a difference — if they choose to.

My goal is to...

“Build resilience in others. Help people see they can make a difference. Put people's challenges into perspective and inspire people to dream bigger and aim higher.”

The vision of Stacey's Academy is to shift the perception of change and adversity from entitlement and negativity to growth and opportunity.

What is next for you?

“I want to continually completely challenge my comfort zones. I'm actually taking a foray into acting and I've been cast in feature film, which is going to be a lot of fun and also really challenging at the same time.”

Stacey Copas

How do you plan to continue driving change in your community?

“I'm going to continue driving change by broadening the work that I do in resilience, from government and corporate organisations, to working with high schools and community groups as well.”

What is your proudest moment?

“My proudest moments are when I receive messages from people who have either read my book or heard me speak, and they've shared that, something that I've said has actually inspired them to make a change or prompted them not to give up.”

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What Drives Us

Holden proudly driving diversity

In one sense, Holden is a microcosm of Australia – one of the most diverse nations in the world. And that's why we're so passionate about things like gender parity, LGBT+ rights, and Indigenous, cross-generational and disability issues. We've still got a long way to go – but we're making great progress.

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