The City of Port Coquitlam will once again take a stand against bullying by taking part in Stop Bullying Day on February 25, 2015. This is the City’s eighth year participating in the national anti-bullying campaign that started in 2007 after two boys in Nova Scotia rallied around another student who was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt.
The city’s Youth Services is again coordinating various anti-bullying activities on Feb. 25, and has joined forces with the I Am Someone Society to End Bullying, TELUS and BC 211 to develop and launch BC’s first youth texting support line. This texting help line is available to youth in the Tri Cities Wednesday through Sunday from 3pm-11pm and can be accessed by texting 2TALK from your cell phone. Additional information and resources are available at www.iamsomeone.ca.
Activities on February 25
- February 25, 7:30-9:30 am at the Hyde Away Youth Centre (1379 Laurier Avenue): Youth from local middle and secondary schools will gather for this pink-themed to take part in a variety of educational activities, including how to deal with Cyber Bullying, and learn about available resources and self-help information. Breakfast snacks will be provided.
- February 25, 6 pm at the Hyde Away Youth Centre, or 5:30pm at Offside Youth Centre and Wilson Centre (2150 Wilson Avenue): Special pink themed dinners featuring pink desserts and fun, interactive and thought-provoking activities. Attendees are asked to wear pink. Youth can attend either dinner for $2. The Wilson Centre dinner is also open to its members (adults age 55 and up) for $5. Proceeds will cover the cost of the dinner.
- February 25, 10 am - 5 pm at the Mary Hill Community Police Station Drop by by to post and veiw anti-bullying messages on the window!
Other anti-bullying activities
- Youth Services staff are wearing pink shirts during the month of February.
- Resource boards are posted at the Hyde Away and Offside to help youth understand and avoid bullying behaviour and find support.
- The I Am Someone Society is holding their 3rd annual Walk to End Bullying on Sunday, February 22nd from 11:30am at Riverside Secondary School on Reeves Street. Performances, resources, community arts and crafts and snacks will be some of the things available.
What is bullying?
Bullying is defined as a power relationship carried on by one individual or group towards another person, and can include rumours, threats and hurtful words, in person or online, in addition to physical violence.
The annual Pink Shirt Day campaign, sponsored by CKNW, raises awareness about bullying and provides tools to help respond to and eradicate bullying.
- How to spot a bully and what to do
- Learn about Pink Shirt Day and other anti-bullying tools and information
- Access bc211, a free, confidential, multilingual 24/7 service that connects people to community, social and government services.
For more information about the Youth Services events, visit pocoyouth.com or contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 604.927.7981.