The City of Port Coquitlam will once again take a stand against bullying by taking part in Stop Bullying Day on February 22, 2017. This is the City’s 10th 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. 22, 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 3-11pm and can be accessed by texting 211 from your cell phone. Additional information and resources are available at www.iamsomeone.ca.
Activities on February 22
- February 22, 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 event including breakfast snacks, educational and thought-provoking activities with a focus on how to deal with bullying, and activities that are led by the Poco Youth Crew. RCMP have been invited to attend the event and will provide information on the upcoming Junior Mountie Camps. Safeway will be supporting the event through food donations and volunteering. Resources and self-help information will also be available. Registration is FREE and can be done online at experienceit.ca course #18801. If online registration is not an option, it can also be completed over the phone by calling 604.927.PLAY (7529)
- February 22, 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. All in attendance are asked to wear pink. Coquitlam Florist in generously donating some flowers for the event. Donations to cover food costs are graciously accepted. Registration is free and can be done online at experienceit.ca course #18802. If online registration is not an option, it can also be completed over the phone by calling 604.927.PLAY (7529)
- Youth Services staff are wearing pink shirts during February and will be joined by other City staff and Council members on Feb. 27.
- Resource boards are posted at the Hyde Away and Offside to help youth understand and avoid bullying behaviour, and find support.
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.