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Did your office, school, community group or friends raise money for Pink Shirt Day this year? Firstly, THANK YOU!! Your donations will go towards anti-bullying programs. You can donate online for an automatic tax receipt here OR send in your cheque to: Pink Shirt Day c/o CKNW Orphans’ Fund 2000-700 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC […]

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Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTF

Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTFOur friends at the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have created two excellent anti-bullying / diversity guides for students in elementary and secondary schools.

No matter what subject you are taking or class you are in these guides provide solid ideas and actions for teaching about homophobia and transphobia.

Download the PDF versions of the guides: Elementary School Guide / Secondary School Guide.

Let us know how you are using these guides at your school!

 

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London Drugs Now Selling Our 2014 Pink Shirts

London Drugs Now Selling Our Pink ShirtsStarting today, January 31st, and running until in store supplies last, all 77 London Drugs locations in Western Canada will be selling our Pink Shirt Day shirts!

These are the same shirts we sell online but you can save the shipping / postage fees so you can proudly wear on Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26th.

London Drugs has been a great partner over the years and they continue to support Pink Shirt Day…and we cannot be happier to have them aboard!

The shirts come in a variety of youth and adult sizes, sell for $9.80 and all proceeds go to support anti-bullying programs.

NOTE: Online orders placed after February 21st will NOT arrive before Pink Shirt Day on February 26th – so order early!

For a complete list of London Drugs locations CLICK HERE.

2014 Shirts Now Available at London Drugs

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 1

yourstoriesFBMany thanks to Lois and Allen who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of those dealing with bullying right now.

Lois, age 27

“I’ve sat down to write this many times over the past few weeks. I might get a sentence or two into the computer and then I give up. How do I put into words the way that a handful of people 15-20 years ago shaped my life?

I used to believe that the only definition of a bully was someone who beat you up on the playground for your lunch money. When I was in elementary school that was the common understanding: Bullies were boys who physically attacked weaker boys. And with that as my only definition, it took me a long time to put a name to my experience. But bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and their torment is not limited to physical attacks.

My bullies were my friends. And my worst bullies were my best friends. I was not popular in those awkward middle school years, but I had friends.

The phone rings. It’s for me. But it isn’t a friend on the other end of the phone. It’s a local hairdresser asking why I didn’t come to my appointment: my appointment that I didn’t make. The phone rings again and again and again. And finally one of the salons has an early version of caller ID. The woman reads a number back to me and I know immediately who placed the calls to book the dozens of appointments in my name. I have that phone number memorized because she’s one of my friends.

I had friends to sit with at lunchtime, but there were rules. I had to sit a certain distance away and at least once ended up with chocolate milk dumped on my head.

I met my friend at her locker after school one day, but she wasn’t there. Instead I was greeted by more than 20 girls threatening to gang beat me for talking to my friend’s boyfriend. Of course, they couldn’t take action without her present so things dissipated.

But most of my bullying wasn’t overt. It was a gesture, a sound, a word whispered in the hall, or a look passed behind a teacher’s back.  It was based on silence rather than name-calling. It was freezing a person out of her own life.

I tried to speak up, but my experience didn’t match the definition of bullying my teachers had been taught and so no one called it bullying. No one was called to account for his or her behaviour. It was on my shoulders to leave my school and start over.

It’s been 15-20 years since this all happened, and I am so grateful for Pink Shirt Day and other movements that have redefined bullying and educated teachers on how to respond to it. My teachers didn’t know how to help me, despite their best intentions. Now there are so many more resources so that my experience doesn’t have to be repeated.

Years go by. Things get better. But the scars remain.”

Allen, age 22

“I spent years of my life as a victim of bullying, from when I was nine years old until I was seventeen. During those years, I was in the closet as a trans man, and it impacted my entire life. The way other people treated me made me live in a paralyzing fear of coming out- they treated me badly enough when I wasn’t even out yet- but galvanized my need to become who I am now, rather than live trapped in a constant cycle of torment.

Here’s the thing about my bullying. It was never the same kids twice. For those eight years, it was always a new person or group of people every school year. It was girls and guys alike, and I’d never know which class or what time of day they’d show up. I was constantly verbally harassed, though, and physically injured under the “safe” cover of gym class (which was miserable enough thanks to my condition).

I can’t say what ended the bullying. Maybe nobody was willing to pick a fight with a high school senior, or all the bullies had grown out of it. Maybe coming out to my personal friends gave me the confidence I needed to not be an easy target. But I’d never want to suffer through that again, and nobody else should.”

To share your personal bullying story, click here.

 

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Celebrate Family Day with the Vancouver Giants and support Pink Shirt Day at the Same Time!

Vancouver Giants

On Monday, February 10th (Family Day in BC), the Vancouver Giants will take on the Victoria Royals at 2pm.
Stick around for post-game fun including player autographs, interactive games & more!

Tickets in the Red Price category are $18 (GST included, service charges apply) and $5 from every ticket sold with that code will go to Pink Shirt Day. Use promo code ‘PINK’ when purchasing tickets. You can order your tickets online by CLICKING HERE.

Net proceeds to benefit anti-bullying programs in BC.

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  • What a day! Looking back on all the energy, enthusiasm, cheers, high-fives, hugs, donations, tweets, posts and tags we saw today is just amazing. Thanks to everyone across Canada who helped us create a conversation about ending bullying in our schools, workplaces and online. The funds we raise this year will go a long way in supporting our anti-bullying programs so please know - you make a difference! #thankyou #grateful #pinkshirtday #canada #goodnight
  • As we wrap up the evening, we need to recognize one of the hardest working ladies we know, CKNW Orphans' Fund Executive Director, @jensu2. Her and her team are responsible for the planning and execution of #pinkshirtday and we're so very grateful for their dedication to making our event the biggest and best ever! Cheers, Jen! You rock!!
  • You still have time to find that perfect pair of frames from @clearlycontacts. Today only, every pair sold = a $5 donation to #pinkshirtday! We love this pick by style ambassador, @shaughnessy #repost www.clearlycontacts.ca/glasses
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