The City of Port Coquitlam will once again take a stand against bullying by taking part in Stop Bullying Day on February 24, 2016. 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. 24, and is supporting the I Am Someone Society to End Bullying, TELUS and BC 211 to promote BC’s first professional youth texting support line. This anonymous texting help line is available to youth from parts of Sunshine Coast and much of the lower mainland seven days a week from 3pm-11pm and can be accessed by texting 211 from your cell phone. Additional information and resources are available at www.iamsomeone.ca.
Activities on February 24
- February 24, 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 day to take part in a variety of educational activities, including how to deal with the various types of bullying, and learn about available resources and self-help information. Breakfast snacks will be provided. FREE and be sure to wear your pink!
- February 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Recreation Complex (Wilson Centre Main Lounge) (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 dinner for $2 or adults for $5.25. Proceeds will cover the cost of the dinner.
- February 24, 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 partnering with Pink Shirt Day and will be on location at Granville and Georgia on Feb 24 in front of Corus Media to promote awareness of bullying, the 211 texting platform, and to provide information and resources to the community.
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 texting and call in service that provides support to those in need, and 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.