🇨🇦 How This 15-Year-Old Diana Award Recipient’s Family Tragedy Inspired Her to Help Others

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“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” ~ Princess Diana

Bailey DunbarBailey Dunbar👼 is only 15 years old, but she’s already seen more tragedy than many face in a lifetime. Her twin sister, Morgan, 263d022c92752ed6e2b035b1410bf332committed suicide when they were just 13 years old after her sister was targeted by bullieslittle devil

Two years later, the  Fort Saskatchewan, Canada,  native is channeling her loss into something powerful. She’s now honoring Morgan’s memory by fighting bullying and cyber-bullying,  and working on raising mental health awareness among young people.

Bailey👼 is leading the charge on anti-bullying  with her organization, Morgan’s Memorial Mission SocietyThe group engages in volunteer work to combat bullying and encourage kindness and inclusivity — and won aCrown2Untitled-2Diana Award for her efforts last year. Crown2The Diana Award🌹 is given out in the late Crown2Princess Diana’s🌹 name to young role models, ages 9-18 from across the world who are transforming the lives of others. (To nominate a young changemaker for this year’s Diana Award, which will be presented at a ceremony in London this May, click here.)

Dunbar👼 faced bullies little devil of her own after her sister’s death. After Morgan’s suicide, one of the bullies little devil who had tormented her turned his attention towards Bailey👼 . The abuse got so bad, that at a point, her parents were forced Albert-Einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookto get the police 👮involved, she says. The bully little devil was later made to apologize and stop contacting Bailey.👼

Seeing the treatment her sister suffered through her own eyes, Bailey👼 was inspired to make a change. She founded Morgan’s Memorial Mission Society, and with the help of her mom, she was granted official non-profit status.

“After I experienced what it was like to be bullied,  I finally understood why you wouldn’t MISSION MEMORIAL SOCIETYwant to go to school or go out,” Bailey 👼  says. “I decided to take action because after having my own experience, I realized it’s not okay.

“A lot of people are insecure about themselves, and they’ll take it out on other people instead of talking about it.”

Morgan’s Mission Memorial Society has been involved in several projects that hope to spark conversation about bullying, mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Bailey👼 has hosted a benefit concert with Robb Nash, done multiple events with Project Semicolon, smilie king newanother suicide prevention and mental health organization, in her hometown of   Edmonton and around Alberta, Canada,  and spoke out about her own bullying  story and losing her sister on “Beautiful Me Day.”

She’s also been working with local government officials, as well as the  Canadian ministers of health, education and justice, to help create anti-bullying legislation in the country. Bailey👼 worked with Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur and Jessica Littlewood, a member of the legislative assembly, on a proclamation for World Suicide Prevention Day in the town in 2015.

“They were shocked that at such a young age, that I’m doing all of this to change how people see mental illness and bullying” she said of her experience working with the government ministers.

smiley-king-23118707Also in her hometown, Bailey,👼 along with a committee of local parents, has created a “Protective Guardian” award, which is given to a student or young person who has actively worked against bullying  in their school or community.

Leading an organization that encourages kindness and inclusivity made Bailey👼 a perfect fit for the Crown2Diana Award,🌹 which she received in 2016.Crown2 The Diana Award 🌹 also created National Kindness Day, celebrated on March 31, in the late royal’s honor.

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2016-17 Student Video Contest

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Win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition!

Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is an optional theme: Start the Conversation!

Students can create a video showcasing:

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  • How to communicate with peers – at school, at work, or any other setting – about the importance of working safely on the job,
  • A message to peers to raise awareness about workplace safety, or
  • Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.

The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year, the first place national winning video will be announced and shown at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 7, 2017.

Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.


Who can enter?

directorchairThe contest is open to current Ontario secondary school students only. Please note that employees of provincial or federal workers’ compensation boards, provincial and federal ministries and departments of labour, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and their immediate family members are not eligible.


How do I enter the contest?

4666895538323456Submitting your entry to the video contest is easy! Simply complete these three steps:

  1. Download the Contest Entry Form [PDF/306 Kb] from our website, and fill in all of the required information.
  2. Upload your video to Vimeo and specify the location (URL) on the entry form. Memberships to Vimeo are free.
  3. After the form has been completed and signed, send it to us. See the section titled Submitting your entry to find details on where to submit your entry form and video.

Learn more and what prizes will be awarded? »»»»»»

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Julia Roberts’ Humantarian Efforts Honored at GLSEN’s Respect Awards

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The honorees at the 10th-annual event also included Danny Moder, Derek Hough and student Cliff Tang

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The Beverly Wilshire ballroom hosted accomplished actors, writers, producers, directors, activists and a very famous A-lister on Friday night for GLSEN’s Respect Awards Los Angeles, but it was a group of LGBT teens from the organization’s student ambassador program that garnered the most praise and respect from the lively Hollywood crowd.

roberts2Even that Oscar winning A-listerJulia Roberts who was honored with the night’s Humanitarian Award with absentee hubby Danny Moder – seemed star struck by the students, whose courage in rising above bullying to live truthful lives was on full display throughout the evening. “The young people in this room have encouraged me infinitely,” she said during her closing acceptance speech close to 10 p.m., a time she joked would normally be in line with her second REM cycle. “I’m so moved, I’m so amazed and I feel that it is now our responsibility as the Moder family – me and the four of them who didn’t come – to support all of you in this room in any and every way we can.”15_3_41-1

Moder couldn’t make it because he was in Texas, relayed Roberts, but Ryan Murphy could. The multi-hyphenate presented the actress with her award and in the process praised the couple’s philanthropic efforts on behalf of GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. On a lighter note, Murphy dubbed the Moders “damn fine role models” and noted that Roberts filmed the classic Pretty Woman in the same hotel 25 years ago. (Reg Bev Will, anyone?)

Speaking of her screen work, Murphy also said that Roberts is one of the main reasons his julia-smilieHBO film The Normal Heart got made. During her 0001speech, Roberts (who sat next to her agent, CAA’s Kevin Huvane) said she was thrilled to be recognized but she’s fully aware of what her role in the process really is.

“It’s a bit of a fraud because there is so much power and conversation that goes on in this room that is separate from us,” noted Roberts, who also had a witty retort for Murphy, telling him, “Twenty five years is a long time, Ryan.” “I realized tonight that I serve a purpose as a finger pointer … a good finger pointer. The one that says, ‘Look over here. Look at this young man.’  A humanitarian is a person who brings attention to the welfare and good works of others. In that regard, we are that. We are all that. I feel like this award should be the big mom award because that is what moms do all day, every day.”

The real names of the night’s other big awards are the Chairman’s Award, the Inspiration anim_tvAward and the Student Advocate of the Year Award. The event – an annual fundraiser that recognizes the work of individuals, networks and companies who are creating change for LGBT students and peers in K-12 schools – pulled in more than $1.2 million for GLSEN, announced Kevin Brockman during the night’s opening remarks from the podium where he stood alongside Kathy Kloves.

The scribe, who is married to Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, enthusiastically praised her gay son as “handsome,” adding, “It doesn’t matter to me that my son is gay or straight, I just love my son for who he is.”

awardsKloves and Brockman, who serves as both executive vp global communications for the Disney/ABC Television Group executive and chairman of the board of GLSEN, served as the night’s co-hosts along with DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan. Brockman and Sullivan got several nice shout outs during the evening for their tireless work on behalf of GLSEN, a national education org that works to ensure safe schools for all students by providing educational materials, policy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives.

But back to the awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt grabbed the Chairman’s trophy and proved to be a fitting recipient due to his involvement in bringing many gay characters and storylines to the small screen as well as his standing as the only gay broadcast television chairman.

NBC Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler presented Greenblatt with his award and provided the packed room with many reasons to laugh. First she praised his credits, judge-smiley-emoticon-1mentioning his work in bringing marginalized characters and under-served communities to the forefront on such shows as The L Word, Six Feet Under, Chicago Fire, The Voice and The New Normal, among many others. Then she mentioned that he’s “guided us and our network back to No. 1.” “What Bob can’t say tonight is suck it everybody,” she laughed. “We’re No. 1 and you’re not!” respect-signPoehler also added: “(Bob) knows that television is a powerful and intimate medium that comes into your homes and you watch people act and you learn how you want to act and who you want to be. And most importantly, he kept Parks and Recreation on the air.” In accepting his award, Greenblatt remembered an early time in his career when he worked at Fox which put Darren Star’s Melrose Place on the air. (The original series, not the “tacky remake on the CW,” he joked). The year was 1994 and one of the main characters, who was gay, was to film a scene that called for a same-sex kiss. Instead of heart-smiley-facepushing the conservative boundaries of the time, the network “dipped the screen to black until the kiss was over,” said Greenblatt, who admittedly was too low on the totem pole to fight the network and advertisers. “It was really disheartening to see a network so afraid … that they literally turned the lights out. The battle I lost then only motivated me to push harder for the cause as time went on and I’m happy to say it did get easier very quickly.”….. continue reading»»»»»»

Article by Chris Gardner for the Hollywood Reporter Oct 18, 2016

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GLAAD launches countdown to Spirit Day 2016!

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.

“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youthbullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School smilie-family-better3Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students missed at least one day of school in a given month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in their school environment. Ellis adds, “Young people are our future, and it’s imperative that we empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow. With updated anti-bullying resources in multiple languages, Spirit Day 2016 is sure to reach more youth than ever with messages of acceptance and support.”

Every year, Spirit Day draws the participation and suport of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. This year, Spirit Day is made gayheart possible by the generous support of its presenting partners Target and Wells Fargo, official partners, Dow, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL, and WWE, and supporting partners, American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBCUniversal, Kellogg’s, Kirkland & Ellis, Toyota Financial Services, and Zipcar.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flags“LGBTQ youth deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. To be comfortable with and proud of who they are. To be free to be exactly who they were born to be, “said Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target. “Target is excited to be a Spirit Day presenting partner, working with GLAAD to raise awareness around the issue of bullying in the LGBTQ youth community.”

“A child’s true potential should never be diminished by fear,” said John Lake, Wells Fargo’s LGBT segment leader. “We see Spirit Day as a powerful tool to raise awareness of the challenges faced by kids who identify as LGBTQ and to show our solidarity as an ally. We are committed to working alongside GLAAD to help combat bullying and protect LGBTQ youth – an effort that remains at the core of our decades-long commitment to the LGBTQ community.”

smileTo celebrate the countdown to Spirit Day, GLAAD also released crucial anti-bullying resources for educators, parents, and students. GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying Resource Kit provides tools and information teachers the aide in keeping bullying out of the classroom and help both teachers and parents support LGBTQ youth. Additionally, GLAAD released the Spirit Day Kit, which helps people of all ages bring Spirit Day directly to their community, including schools and local media outlets.

Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high untitled-1school student posted the idea to her Tumblr page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people. Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, The Empire State Building, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.

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The BULLY Project!

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“If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” ~ Taylor Swift

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WE DID IT! ‘UPSTANDER’ IS NOW ADDED TO THE DICTIONARY

classThank you to our partners Change.org, Not in Our School and Facing History and Ourselves, as well as all of the other advocates who supported the campaign to add the word “upstander” to the dictionary. On July 24, 2016 the word was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary!

HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL AS AN UPSTANDER

b-man-project2What would it look like if we had a community of Upstanders heading back to school this fall? Upstanders are the students who choose to speak up, the teachers who reach out, the principals who take new actions in their schools, and the parents who join together to raise awareness about bullying. Through The BULLY Project’s tools and resources that support social emotional learning, as well as creative programs like the Adobe Mural project, we hope to foster more Upstanders in our schools everyday. As we embark on a new school year, let us each take the opportunity to be an Upstander in our own lives and promote Upstanders in our schools and communities.

INTRODUCING THE PHYSICIANS CAMPAIGN

physicians campaignThe BULLY Project is excited to announce a new campaign that will change how physicians treat doctor-emoticonchildren exposed to bullying! On Friday, August 12th, 2016, The Physicians Campaign was introduced at the Federal Summit for Bullyng Prevention in Washington, DC.
Partnered with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminisration (SAMHSA), Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, StopBullying.gov, The NoBLE (No Bullying Live Empowered) Initiative of Beaumont nurse-smileyChildren’s Hospital, The Physicians Campaign will support medical practitioners throughout the nation through comprehensive tools and resources and an innovative medical educational program that features the film BULLY. Whether a child is a bully, victim, or witness, exposure to bullying can have intensive and sometimes lifelong health consequences, according to national studies. That’s why we are calling on all stakeholders, including you, to join our movement to end bullying! For further information contact info@physicianscampaign.com.
 

WATCH HIGH DIVE HEART: UPSTANDERS IN ACTION

HeadphonesFor those times when we have felt like we just didn’t belong, the new band High Dive Heart has released the song “Misfit” as an anthem that celebrates 10being different. Touring with Colbie Caillat this fall, High Dive Heart has created an new music video that supports The BULLY Project. For every single of “Misfit” purchased, High Dive Heart will donate the proceeds to The BULLY Project. Our new friends at Apple Music have become fans and currently the High Dive Heart single is in the hot tracks section of the iTunes store. Please check out the song below and support our ongoing work!
 

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PROMOTE UPSTANDERS IN YOUR SCHOOLS

toolkitFrom Sacramento to Milwaukee, schools around the US are gearing up to use the Educator’s DVD and Toolkit in their classrooms this fall! Join the growing number of schools who are using the Educator’s Toolkit to take a stand against bullying in schools. The toolkit comes with resources to help ignite meaningful dialogue and prevent bullying by developing a respectful school community.
 
SPOTLIGHT: UPSTANDERS AT WELSH HILLS SCHOOL IN GRANVILLE, OHIO
Check out how Michelle Lerner, Head of School at Welsh Hills in Granville Ohio is working hard to promote a safe school environment! Last year, students grades 5 – 9 attended a screening of BULLY as part of a wellness unit.
animated-smileys-television-014“All of our students were absolutely silent during the movie and for a few moments afterwards as well. They tried to put themselves in the shoes of some of the children profiled in the movie in order to understand how they might feel,” Lerner said. Welsh Hills recognises that promoting a culture of anti-bullying is a gradual process.
“Our challenges will be in helping students to internalise new attitudes and to recognise negative behaviours in themselves,” she said. This year, Welsh Hills will host a parent education night to screen BULLY and discuss how to recognise bullying, how the school addresses bullying, and how families can support their children at home!
 

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADOBE BULLY PROJECT MURAL

donateGet creative with your classroom by contributing to the Adobe BULLY Project mural, a digital destination where people can share art, stories, and perspectives about bullying and its impact. Engage sport-handball-smiley-animiert_03_250x250your students in a dynamic and creative medium that allows them to express themselves honestly and create a meaningful dialogue with their peers about bullying. Participating in project-based learning like the BULLY Project Mural brings together social and emotional learning strategies that are aligned with the high-quality academic standards of the Common Core. To learn more about how to bring this activity to your classroom, click here.
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Bullying Scars

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The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person. ~ Mary Elizabeth Williams

The Impact on Adult Life and Relationships

Untitled-1An explosion of research on bullying has raised our collective awareness of the serious impacts it can reading6gifhave on children. No longer do we accept it as an innocuous rite of passage, just a part of growing up that we grin and bear and grow out of later. But do we grow out of it, or are there lingering effects that last well beyond the school playgrounds and lunchrooms?

Is bullying traumatic and, if so, does it last into adult life? Are there life-long consequences or are the effects pretty much shed as people grow? Are some of us more resilient than others? Are there any positive or saltwater-woman5unexpected outcomes as a result of being bullied (or having been a bully) as a child? In an effort to answer these questions, Bullying Scars describes childhood bullying from the vantage point of those victims, bullies, and bystanders who are now adults; the book discusses how lives have been changed, and explores the range of reactions adults exhibit.

The research gathered for this book, through interviews with over 800 people, points out that even adult decision-making is often altered by the victimisation they experience as children at the hands of peers, siblings, parents, or educators.

1058572-nerdy-emoticon-reading-a-bookWritten in an engaging and accessible style that draws heavily from the rich interview data that deLara has collected, this book will be of interest to anyone struggling with the lingering effects of being bullied. Additionally, it is highly relevant to mental health professionals — counsellors, therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists — working with clients who are dealing with these issues.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Bullying: The parameters of the problem into adulthood
  • Chapter 2 “Adult Post-Bullying Syndrome”
  • Chapter 3 Being Different: The Traces that Difference Leaves Behind
  • Chapter 4 “People-pleasing v. Revenge”: Consequences on development of being bullied
  • Chapter 5 “Angry Words Echo in My Brain”: Health and Mental Health Impacts
  • Chapter 6 Consequences in Relationships
  • Chapter 7 “I Am So Self-Conscious”: The Impact of Sexual Harassment
  • Chapter 8 Does Bullying Affect Decisions?
  • Chapter 9 It Comes Home to Roost: Bullying and the Family
  • Chapter 10 “Is There Anything Positive?”: Unexpected Outcomes of Bullying and Harassment
  • Conclusion

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Ellen Walser deLara, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. She is also a practicing family therapist with over 35 years’ experience working writingwith children, adolescents, and adults in both school and clinical settings. Her areas of research expertise address child maltreatment, school violence, and bullying from systemic and developmental perspectives. She has interviewed hundreds of teenagers and adults specifically about their secondary school experiences. Dr. deLara’s research has been featured on national and international media including: “The Today Show”; “Dateline”; “The Dr. Phil Show”; The Washington Post; CBC; and National Public Radio.

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Donny Osmond reveals years of bullying torment but says he’s “the last one laughing”

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The boyband superstar says he has been mocked his entire life for his “family, health and moral code”

He has been in showbiz for more than 50 years, is a healthy, happily-married grandfather who wows an army of fans at his regular show in Las Vegas.

donny&michael.jpgBut, despite all this success, Donny Osmond’s glowing, mahogany skin doesn’t seem any thicker than it was when he was the first boyband superstar.

“I was 14 or 15, doing my gig, and it’s working. I’m one of the biggest teeny boppers in the world, and Rolling Stone magazine comes out with an article which says ‘the worst day in rock’n’roll history was 35401the day Donny Osmond was born,” he recalls, sounding angry and a bit sad, even now.

“A teenager is just trying to figure out who he is, let alone having that. That’s the ultimate bullying. It really hurt me.”

Donny stole the show in The Osmonds and became a solo star, singing hits like Puppy Love with doe eyes which bewitched the teenies of his day.

But he was sneered at for his bubblegum pop and when his career flopped when he hit his twenties, his fans all grown up, he found himself in the wilderness.

th_emoticons_aduSeeing him mocked for his no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, squeaky-clean image – the result of his strict Mormon religion – pal Michael Jackson even suggested he change his name.

Today, though, Donny insists he is glad he wasn’t cool – because he is the one still going strong.

going-strongHis troubled peers Jackson and Prince, he says, ended up looking to him for guidance on how to live a happy life.

Donny, 58, says: “I remember having long conversations with Prince at Paisley Park. He was interested in the details of my life, my family. Michael was the same way.

“One of the things I pride myself on is normalcy in a world which is anything but normal. And I think they were completely interested in how I balanced my life. Those guys couldn’t.

MP3 player smiley face“Maybe they were looking to me for guidance. I’ve been married 38 years – that is a little unusual in showbiz. Five wonderful sons. Eight wonderful grandbabies. It was satisfying. I had my personal life together. The things people mock keep me stable.

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“It’s very easy to lose it mentally and get caught up in your own hype. I was one of the biggest teeny boppers back in the day and that can really mess up your mind.”

With more than a hint of glee in his voice, he adds: “I’ve been made fun of my entire life about things like family, my health code and moral code. And it’s like: ‘In your face everybody, I’m the last one laughing. I’m the last one standing.”

It certainly feels that way in a year when legends are dropping like flies.

Donny might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but his success is unarguable. He has been performing his show with sister Marie in Vegas for almost eight years and his 4502306-two-smiling-balls-having-fun-and-enjoying-each-others-companyanniversary The Soundtrack of My Life tour sells out.

He says he’s in great health. “I’m always working out, I’m very careful what I eat. The Mormon lifestyle helped me because I don’t smoke or drink. I’m really very, very careful,” he says.

He is, though, getting over bronchitis when we talked.

But he shrugs and puts that down to the relentless meet-and-greets he regularly attends after his shows.

Donny says his 38-year marriage to Debbie, 57, plays a big part in his happiness. They wed in 1978 when he was 20 and they still enjoy date nights at home in Utah.

just-donny“I could spend eight days a week in Vegas but I’ve got a jet and I can be home in an hour,” he says. “It’s a very fast-paced lifestyle but in order to keep my personal life together, which I treasure, I do it. I won’t let anything get in the way of that.

We are still madly in love with each other, we go on dates all the time. I know it sounds childish.”

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Ontario Taking Action to Protect Young Workers

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News Release May 27, 2016

“Our youth are our future, and as such, we must ensure that we do our utmost to protect them. We need to do what we can to make sure that young workers are treated fairly at work, and are able to come home safe and sound to their families after their shifts.”
 ~ Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

smileys-cz-199ce3229963df59c4d5e5a480ad6f02a3As young people across Ontario start looking for summer jobs, Ontario is launching several initiatives to protect young workers in seasonal, part-time or temporary employment.

Workers that are new to their job, including young workers, are three times more likely to be injured in the first month than at any time. They are also at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated, such as those involving unpaid wages or hours of work.

The Ministry of Labour’s initiatives include:

  • Launching two province-wide inspection blitzes on health and safety and employment standards, focusing on protecting young workers throughout the summer
  • Promoting “It’s Your Job,” a province-wide online video contest encouraging youngfood-cashier-smiley-emoticon workers to speak out about their workplace rights
  • Supporting “Bring Safety Home,” a Workplace Safety & Prevention Services campaign targeting parents and other networks of young people
  • Supporting the creation of #safeforlife, a youth-driven digital media campaign by Parachute Canada

Protecting young workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.

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  • Every year, more than 6,000 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work; that’s equivalent to nearly 17 Ontario youth a day.
  • There were 17 young worker fatalities (15 to 24 years old) from 2010 to 2015.791809283
  • Ontario is one of only a few places in the world to require occupational health and safety education in schools. It is part of the curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • The Ministry of Labour has conducted a new and young worker health and safety blitz annually for the past eight years. This year’s blitz will be the ninth.

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🇨🇦International Day of Pink 2016

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What is the Day of Pink?

pink_smiley_face_The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity, it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other, anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

dop_buttons_1024x1024April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive pillowwearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullyingEach year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand.

The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!

How can I get involved in the International Day of Pink?

  • Wear pink on April 13, 2016!
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Who are Day of Pink Ambassadors?

Day of Pink Ambassadors are politicians and community leaders from all over Canada who are rainbowwilling to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Check out our blog for posts of some of the DayofPink Ambassadors telling us what wearing pink to them means and why it matters to them. If you know a politician, Member of Parliament, Mayor, Town or City Councillor who is interested in becoming a DayofPink Ambassador encourage them to check this website out. Email us at Info@DayofPink.org

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Have you ever seen a friend hurt because of discrimination? Have you been hurt yourself?

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Bullied preemies may develop mental illness as adults: Study

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The more Bullied as Children, increases the chance they may develop “Depression, Anxiety, Antisocial Behaviour or ADHD” as adults.

mcmasterHamilton, ON (Feb. 17, 2016) – Babies born at an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are miracles, but they are more likely to be bullied as children, and this can significantly increase their risk for mental health problems as adults.

Not only that, but the more they were bullied as children, the more likely doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonthey are to develop problems such as depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as adults, says a new study from McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

“Being bullied has a significant and lasting impact for those preemies, even into their 30s,” said Kimberly Day, lead author of the study and Lawson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster.

“This has Important implications for parents, teachers, and clinicians who need to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health. They need to watch out for bullying and intervene when possible.”

computer 22The study was published in the journal Pediatrics today. The study included ELBW babies who were 2.2 pounds or less at their birth between 1977 and 1982 in Ontario, who were interviewed at age 8, 22 to 26 and 29 to 36. They were compared to normal birthweight babies of 5.5 pounds or more who were born in the same time span and interviewed at the same intervals.

Bullying is common, with up to one-third of children worldwide facing peer victimization, and ELBW children are even more likely to be victims. ELBW children may be at risk for being bullied because of poor motor abilities, more anxiety and struggles at school, the study said.

doctor-smiley-emoticon“This is the first study to fully illustrate the profound and long-lasting effects of bullying on the mental health of preterm survivors,” said Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster. “Their risk for anxiety disorders is especially high, particularly among those who are exposed to bullying on a regular basis.”

And, of those ELBW children who were bullied, they were nearly twice as likely to develop a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD by the time they were in their 20s. nurses-wHowever, the risk was even higher for those who were bullied more often.

By their 30s, the ELBW adults who had been bullied as children were nearly 3 times more likely to have developed anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder. Rates were even higher for those bullied more frequently.


The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the American National Institutes of Health.

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Queen’s professor receives Order of Ontario for work on bullying prevention

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“The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.” ~ Wendy Craig

News – When Wendy Craig received a phone call telling her she had been appointed to the Order of Ontario, she couldn’t believe it.

smile“I was totally surprised. I got a call on a Saturday afternoon and I was in shock,” said Craig, a professor and head of the psychology department at Queen’s University. “It was a good surprise, but still a surprise.”

wendy1For the past 25 years, Craig has been working on bullying prevention. Most notably, she is co-founder and co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) and has consulted on bullying prevention initiatives with some of the world’s most prestigious international organizations, but she didn’t always know that working on bullying was what she wanted to do.

queen-smiley-face-869049“My work started through a chance activity while trying to decide what to do my PhD dissertation on,” she explained.  “I was working on a project where we had put remote microphones on children on a playground and one of the things that struck me was how aggressive their interactions were. I started to see that it was repeated individuals being aggressive on the playground and that spurred my interest.”

That interest eventually turned into PREVnet, a network that has brought together over 100 researchers and 65 national organizations to look at bullying and how to prevent it.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebook“We learned quickly that what was lacking was the prevention element,” she said. “One of the things that our partners told us was that they have a lot of policies about how to address bullying when it happens, but they actually, in their training, don’t talk about how to promote healthy relationships, which is the number one way to prevent bullying.”

Through her work on bullying prevention, Craig helped develop a training module that has now been taught to over 300,000 people across the country and internationally through partners like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Red Cross.

Her work has also gained Craig quite a bit of recognition, including her recent appointment to the Order of Ontario, something she finds both humbling and encouraging.

“It was incredibly humbling to listen to the other recipients and learn about the work they have done, and to be among them,” she said. “But for me it was really a call to action to keep going and really accelerate the work. I felt like getting the acknowledgement was validating the work and recognizing the importance and significance of the work and challenging me to do more.”

6042493058023424The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour and it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world. Craig’s work definitely fits these criteria, but she points out that she couldn’t have done it alone.

“It is extremely flattering, but I am constantly reminded that it takes a network,” she said. “The impact we have is because of all the graduate students and organizations we work with. It just makes you realize that it really does take a village to take on a project like this.”

So what’s next for Craig and her ‘network’?

“We are trying to structurally engage government, engage corporations and then take some of the most successful projects we have been working on and scaling them up and out across the country,” she said. “The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.”


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Don’t Abuse Grandma!

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imagesI am very honored to present to you our first “Guest” Blogger introducing Vashti Quiroz-Vega, you may know her for the installment of her latest book “The Basement” but when I first requested a guest appearance on B.P, knowing as an Author, and with her busy schedule, I was overwhelmed with joy when she accepted, so without further adue…..

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vashtis-web-photoMy name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega and I am a writer of fantasy and horror. I occasionally write articles about subjects that are important to me such as bullying and abuse. I’ve written on the subject of abuse on many occasions on my blog but I don’t think I’ve ever specifically addressed the abuse of the elderly. This is obviously an important subject that’s too often overlooked.

Words cannot describe how much I love my maternal grandmother. She passed away years ago but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. I can’t imagine someone abusing my sweet, kindhearted ‘granny’ in any way. Sadly, there are plenty of grandmas and grandpas being abused on a daily basis.

Elder abuse happens to men and women, in all ethnic, social and economic groups.

And while a lot of media attention has been given to stories of elder abuse by caregivers in private homes, the truth is that anyone can be guilty of committing elder abuse, including family members.

Elder abuse is generally divided into the following categories:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic violence

Psychological Abuse – The willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct. This includes threatening to put them in a home if they don’t act the way you’d like them to.

Financial Abuse – The illegal or improper use of an older person’s funds, property, or resources.

Neglect – The failure of the caregiver, and that could be the spouse, son, daughter or grandson/daughter, to fulfill his or her care giving responsibility.

We shouldn’t forget that every day we grow older. No one gets any younger and one day we will be the elderly. We will no longer have the speed, agility or strength we have now. Our bodies will grow weaker, our minds will become foggy, our vision cloudy . . . Would you like someone to take advantage of that? How would you feel if you were discarded because you were no longer young?

Elder abuse is a substantial subgroup of Family Violence. It may be more widespread than thought. Awareness of its occurrence is a first step in halting its progression.

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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

A nurse had to go through his meagre possessions. She found this heartfelt poem.

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What do you see nurses? What do you see?

What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?

A cranky old man, not very wise

Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food, and makes no reply.

When you say in loud voice, ‘I do wish you’d try!’

Who seems not to notice, the things that you do.

And forever is losing a sock or a shoe?

Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking, is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse, you’re not looking at me.

 

I’ll tell you who I am, as I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten, with father and mother,

Brothers and sisters, who love one another

A young boy of sixteen, with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now, a lover he’ll meet.

A groom soon at twenty, my heart gives a leap.

Remembering, the vows, that I promised to keep.

At twenty-five, now, I have young of my own.

Who need me to guide, and a secure happy home.

A man of thirty, my young now grown fast,

Bound to each other, with ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons, have grown and are gone,

But my woman is beside me, to see I don’t mourn.

At fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,

Again, we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my wife is now dead.

I look at the future, I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing, young of their own.

And I think of the years, and the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man, and nature is cruel.

It’s jest to make old age, look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour, depart.

There is now a stone, where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass, a young man still dwells.

And now and again, my battered heart swells.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain.

And I’m loving and living, life over again.

I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast.

And accept the stark fact, that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, open and see.

Not a cranky old man.

Look closer, see ME!

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 (I recently discovered that the poem was actually written by a Montrose nurse, Phyllis McCormack, in 1966.)

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Criminal codes now allow for workplace cyber-bullies to be penalized

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It is important for both employers and employees to know that there are Criminal Code provisions that can be used to penalize online bullies.
It is important for both employers and employees to know that there are Criminal Code provisions that can be used to penalize online bullies.
Unfortunately, society has become accustomed to hearing tragic stories in the news regarding the consequences of cyber-bullying among Canadian youth – with Reahteh Parsons and Amanda Todd still fresh in our minds. While cyber-bullying among teenagers is well documented, less has been written about a growing issue for Canadian adults.

A Pew Research Centre study of October 2014 shows 40 per cent of adult Internet users have personally experienced online harassment, ranging from name-calling and embarrassment to physical threats, stalking and sexual harassment. A spike in the number of arbitration cases dealing with instances of cyber-bullying proves that the problem is spilling over into the workplace and the number of cases is only expected to increase, along with direction from arbitrators.

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act was amended in 2010 to provide that employers have obligations to prevent and address violence and harassment in the workplace. Many employers are reluctant to be proactive on speaking to employees about the darker side of human behaviour, but it’s important they do so as there are strict penalties for individuals and corporations who do not comply with the OHSA. It’s therefore imperative employers conduct assessments, create policies‎ and programs, and deliver training to all employees about anti-violence and anti-harassment. Penalties for failure to comply with the OHSA include, for individuals, a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months and a fine of up to $500,000 for corporations.

Untitled-1In one such example of a criminal record being imposed, the Ontario Court of Appeal, in October 2014, convicted a Ashish Dewan of criminal mischief and criminal harassment after he posed separately as a girlfriend and colleague online and made degrading comments about them. Dewan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five months time served, a suspended sentence and two years probation for the criminal mischief conviction, and two years probation for the criminal harassment conviction.

Labour and employment lawyers are often asked about the extent to which employees can expect privacy with respect to their online conduct inside and outside of work. The short answer is employees should never assume they have an absolute right of privacy in such communications. The Internet can no longer be considered a private medium, particularly insofar as online communications impact the workplace and, importantly, workplace relationships.

This message has yet to sink in with employees, and with potentially criminal consequences, there is a clear and present need for employers to temper any employee expectations of privacy. Employers need clear and communicated policies that emphasize personal use of work IT equipment should be kept to a minimum; elaborate the employer’s right to monitor suspicious activity; and inform employees they can and will be disciplined for improper online conduct that has a “nexus” to work.

Many employees might be reluctant to report comments made outside of the workplace on social media forums for fear of bringing what might seen as a personal issue into work. We encourage workers to voice these concerns and there have been many examples where arbitrators have upheld dismissals in cyber-bullying cases where comments were made outside of work. For example, in Canada Post and CUPE, a postal clerk was dismissed for just cause relating to Facebook posts containing offensive, vulgar and threatening material primarily directed at her supervisors.

8317d01d85e78d9ffe9e8ec5efdf8521The following recommendations to those experiencing cyber-bullying might seem commonsense, but can be easily forgotten when faced with a deeply embarrassing and traumatic situation.

First, do not reply to messages or posts from cyber-bullies and make copies of all such messages or posts (including pictures). Report any concerns to your employer and follow any applicable policies it has. Your co-operation in any employer investigation is crucial in ensuring the cyber-bully is appropriately punished. If the conduct appears to be criminal, do not hesitate to contact the police.

Melanie Warner is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s labour and employment group.


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SUICIDE OF GAY BENGALI ACTRESS SHEDS LIGHT ON HOMOPHOBIA IN ASIA

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dishaBengali actress Disha Ganguly, known for her role in the popular sitcom Tumi Ashbey Bole, committed suicide on April 9. Her boyfriend found her body hanging in her house. Officials believe she committed suicide due to social pressures regarding her lesbian relationship with another actress. Her death showcases the harsh treatment of LGBT people in Asia.

“A few months back, this actress friend of Ganguly, started staying at her apartment,” explained one police official. “Soon, Ganguly’s mother arrived from Nairobi (where her parents reside) and objected to their relationship. Her mother even got her friend to move out of the apartment.”

Ganguly was engaged to Vivaan Ghosh, a fellow actor, at the time this second relationship allegedly began. Her parents pushed her to accept his marriage proposal. With pressure from her parents, boyfriend, and girlfriend, police believe “she gave in to death.” After her actress friend found out about Ganguly’s suicide, she attempted to throw herself in front of a train. The locals saved her and she is currently in the hospital.

winking-smiley-carried-sad-angry-ones-3871588Homosexual acts are illegal in 78 countries, including Bangladesh and India. In December 2014, a survey found that 59% of the gays in Bangladesh live in fear of being outed. These laws force LGBT people to leave their families and countries.

Joleen, a Singapore native now known as Joe Wong, was beaten and forced into therapy by her family. She eventually escaped and changed into a man in Bangkok. Joe is now working with the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network rights group.

“I’ve never been more at home than now, even though I’m not at home,” he claimed. “I removed everything that was bringing me down. I removed the toxic people in my life. Now it’s just me and my problems that I have to confront,” said Wong, who did not identify the abusive relative to avoid further straining family ties, “I feel really liberated.”


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Time to Put Bullies in Their Place

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doctor-smiley-emoticonThe American Nurses Association is developing a position statement aimed at eliminating bullying in the workplace, and would like your thoughts on the proposed recommendations.

20150414_bullyAbout half of all nurses have been subjected to aggressive, disruptive behaviors from peers, authority figures and patients or their families, according to the ANA, which says healthcare professionals are among the leaders in missing days from work because of violence-related injuries.

The ANA says workplace violence can cause fear among staff members, resulting in poor performance and career dissatisfaction that increases turnover. Additionally, notes the ANA, nurses have the right to work in bully-free facilities, where they feel free to speak up about verbal or non-verbal attacks without fear of retaliation.

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, says proactive efforts are needed to protect patients and nurses from workplace violence, and that healthcare organizations need to dispel the notion that verbal or physical attacks are unfortunate realities of a career in nursing.

Share your thoughts on the ANA’s proposed position statement Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence during a public comment period that runs until the end of this month.


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Tyler Clementi anti-bullying bill reintroduced in Congress

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“Schools need to take bullying, harassment and humiliation seriously, by making it official policy,” Jane Clementi said. “We support this legislation because no other student should have to feel the pain and humiliation that Tyler felt after he had been web-camed by his roommate.”


Legislation named after Tyler Clamenti was reintroduced in Congress. (Photo courtesy Facebook)
Legislation named after Tyler Clamenti was reintroduced in Congress. (Photo courtesy Facebook)
Lawmakers reintroduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday named after an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate posted a video of his private romantic encounter with another man online.

The bill, the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, was introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and in the Senate by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The only out lesbian in the U.S. Senate, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), is an original co-sponsor for the Senate bill.

In a statement, Murray said the legislation is necessary because students need the opportunity to further their education “without the fear of harassment and bullying.” “I am proud that this bill would take meaningful steps to provide schools and students with tools to prevent harassment and protect survivors,” Murray said. “By honoring Tyler’s life with this legislation, we can work to prevent the bullying that far too many students are forced to endure.”

According to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, LGBT students are twice as likely as their straight peers to face harassment, but colleges and universities aren’t required to have policies protecting students either from harassment on electronic communications as well as harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.

The Tyler Clementi Act would require universities to put those policies in place in addition to creating a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs.
Pocan, one of six openly LGB members of the House, said the legislation is needed because bullying is “a real and persistent danger for far too many students at our colleges and universities.”

Untitled-1“This bill ensures no student has to suffer the humiliation of being harassed for who they are, or who they love,” Pocan said. “Institutions of higher learning should be a place of open expression, which celebrate diversity and embrace students from all different backgrounds.”

After the incident in which students placed the video of him online, Clementi, who was 18 at the time, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge. In 2012, Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate and the student responsible for the video, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years probation, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.

Jane Clementi, founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Tyler’s mother, encouraged Congress to pass the legislation based on the experience of her son.

The Tyler Clementi Act has support from the Human Rights Campaign, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Association for University Women, the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and the Pride Foundation.

A news statement from the Senate HELP Committee lists the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a supporter of the bill, but a spokesperson for organization told the Blade it has no official position.


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🇨🇦 Gay Calgary police officer promotes anti-bullying program of hope

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As a kid, Tad Milmine was bullied by a hostile step-mother, ignored by a drunken father and banished to the basement of the family home in Cambridge, Ont.

School wasn’t any better. After running away at 17, Milmine struggled with his confidence and sexuality. Now, in the job he always wanted, the openly gay Calgary police officer is promoting Bullying Ends Here, a program of hope, writes Allan Maki.

What was your childhood like?

I’d come home from school and go right to the basement, and it was a real basement with concrete walls, no TV, no radio, just a bed. Sometimes I’d be allowed to come up for dinner, most of the time it was left at the top of the stairs so I’d eat it in the basement. … I remember two boys once followed me after school. They kept calling me names. When I got home, I said, ‘Okay, I’m safe.’ I could hear some fumbling around on the porch area. Eventually, I went upstairs. The two guys were gone but I could see the glass screen door was all covered in spit. I didn’t want my stepmom seeing that because I would be the one blamed for it.

How did you end up becoming a police officer?

chuckie officerAfter I ran away from home and got my own apartment, I was working in retail and restaurants and it was just a fluke encounter that at 32 years old I met someone who was a police officer. I remember saying that was my dream. That’s when he said, ‘Have you ever tried? Why wouldn’t you at least try because you have nothing to lose but potentially everything to gain?’ So I did. I applied. I ended up being hired by the RCMP in Surrey, B.C.

You left the RCMP last year. Was it because of your sexuality?

I was not out as a gay man when I applied. It was two years into being a Mountie that I did. … Leaving was about my [anti-bullying] program. I was doing it on my own time at my own expense. I was served a document from the RCMP – eight pages – that was basically a cease-and-desist order saying I had to stop immediately. Shut the website down. No more e-mails. No more presentations until I could meet all of their demands and then seek the approval of the Human Resources officer. I explained that was not possible and that I was going to keep going with the program. It was very business-like; there was no yelling, no insults. I quit. Obviously, a huge door opened and presented me with a chance at joining the Calgary Police Services.

Have you experienced any abuse from your fellow officers?

police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookNot at all, not once. I’m aware of the stereotypes out there, especially in this line of work. I thought there was going to be locker-room challenges. There were going to be jokes. The reality is there isn’t, and I only speak from my own experiences because I’m not naive to say it never happens.

When you do your Bullying Ends Here presentation in schools, what do you say to the students and what do they say to you?

I tell them I received 15,000 e-mails last school year alone and I respond to every one myself. Hundreds of those e-mails are from self-confessed bullies and they’re saying they don’t know how to stop. They say, ‘If I stop, I’m not going to be on that pedestal. I’m going to lose my status within this group.’ That reflects what the program is about. It’s all of us, together.

ALLAN MAKI – The Globe and Mail – Published Friday, Feb. 20 2015

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Colin’s Friend’s “Carry On”

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It’s Been A Year Since This Mom Made Her Son’s Birthday Unforgettable

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Party PeopleThis is Colin. Last year, he told his mom Jennifer he didn’t want an 11th birthday party, because he didn’t have any friends, determined to give her son the celebration he deserved, Jennifer secretly made a Facebook page, asking everyone to wish her son a happy birthday. What happened next was so much more.

This was her original message on the page.

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This fall, Don’t Be A Monster is teaming up with Colin’s Friends (a Facebook group that works to clipart-hungry-girl-smiley-emoticon-512x512-eb90encourage peer-to-peer kindness) to talk to students about how they can Be The One. When colin8someone intervenes when they see a peer being bullied, the bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. We want to show students the incredible impact they can have when they Be The One.

Our Be The One video series tells stories about our own experiences, and how things could have been different. With new videos posted every Wednesday, we guarantee one of these stories will resonate with and inspire you.

Don’t Be A Monster is a national 501(c)(3) based out of Denver, CO. Our mission is simple: we want to educate and empower youth to be leaders in their school around diversity, inclusiveness, and show them how to stand up for their friends and peers.

partydelivery-man-smiley-emoticonPeople from all over the world wrote in to wish a little boy they’d never met a very special birthday. They mailed cards and even packages to a P.O. box set up by his mom, she managed to keep all the mail hidden in a storage unit until the big reveal. The Facebook page has over two million likes from people all across the globe. 

Jennifer shares “Ask Colin” videos weekly, where people send in questions on random colin9topics, and Colin answers them. She also keeps Colin’s friends updated on how and what he’s doing. Plus, she shares lots of family photos, and all the fun they have together. Colin’s classmates didn’t like him because he was “different,” but that’s exactly what Colin’s new friends love about him.

Colin’s compassionate personality inspired this “pay it forwardmentality. His family is encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness, and to make sure img-1they wear a bow tie (because Colin loves wearing bow ties) while they do it. Jennifer wrote on the page, “On March 9th, they celebrated Colin’s 12th birthday, let’s make kindness go viral!”

Article posted on Mar. 7, 2015 by Stacey Grant for BuzzFeed.

Galvanized Souls was invited to be interviewed and perform live in the studio on KVTA 1590 AM radio Ventura. The hosts of a new radio show – “Girls On The Air” – heard about souls-and-colinGalvanized Souls and how the band provides a message of anti-bullying. The theme of the radio show, which aired on December 6, 2014 at 1 PM PST, was anti-bullying.

We wrote the song in December 2013 about struggles people and our fans were going through, so they can be strong and Carry On and then found Colin who is a prime example of someone who can – Carry OnGalvanized Souls discussed their official music video for “Carry On” and how Colin, from Colin’s Friends, starred in the music video.

lp_smiley_bandGalvanized Souls was able to perform two original songs live in the studio. They performed “Behind Green Eyes” and of course, as featured in this webisode, Carry On.”

After the Stop The Silence Anti-Bullying Rally in Salisbury, NC earlier in the day, we spent a special evening with the organizers of Stop The Silence for a bonfire and barbecue. A gigantic bonfire we must say. We were honored to be invited to carry on the memory of Daniel Safrit and spread awareness about the horrific effects of bullying. We are partnering with Not In Our Town to be an UpStander and lend our voice to stop bullying. 

Published on Oct 14, 2014

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Employees Report Bullying Increase In Corporate Jobs

bullyinghBullying isn’t just a major issues for teenagers navigating the perils of high school. No, bullying and bystander prevention is an issue for adults in the workplace, though it may not get quite as much attention. Not only do college campuses present workshops but human resources of companies see it fit to train employees on this sort of harassment. The Global And Mail is reporting on a new study that finds bullying traveled from the playground to the office water cooler in a greater number of instances than you may have thought.
“About 40 per cent of Canadians report having been bullied at work, putting them at higher risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and heart disease,” the newspaper says.
The study was conducted by Jacqueline Power, the associate professor of management at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business. In the study conducted by Dr. Power, 37.5 percent out of 224 participants reported being victims of bullying over a period of six months. The study also revealed, strangely, that the characteristics between workplace bullies and victims were similar. The personality traits were defined as: psychopathic tendencies, narcissism, Machiavellianism and aggression.
Although companies make bullies do sensitivity training, Dr. Power noted they have proven to be ineffective since bullies do not know their actions are wrong. Although this is deemed as discouraging, she did note companies are taking the initiative to make their work environments friendlier. Whereas, 10 years ago it would not have been a major focus for human resources executives.
According Psych Central, psychologist Sophie Henshaw reports, bullies have an agenda. She notes victims should keep record of incidents. Dr. Henshaw believes, victims are bullied because their presence triggers threats to bullies.
“Thereafter, the bully will take up a campaign against you.You must document all evidence as early as possible,” the site says. “Keep a diary and record every instance of bullying behavior. Keep emails that signal a trail of bullying. Record bullying conversations discreetly on your phone and collect evidence from witnesses.”
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Unite Against Bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 9

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Join the movement! Celebrate a Decade Together Against Bullying.

Unity Day is Wednesday October 19, 2016 

National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.

Be a part of this exciting anniversary and spread the message: The End of Bullying Begins With Me! read more »»»»»»»»»»»»

bp-monthSupporters nationwide will “Make it Orange, Make it End” during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month. As a show of support for the 13 million American children who are bullied each year, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is inviting everyone to wear orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 9, during National Bullying Prevention Month. Since Unity Day’s debut in 2011, thousands of people in schools, communities, corporations, and online have come together across the county to unity-day-2013-tshirt“Make It Orange, Make It End.” “Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and National Bullying Prevention Month. “We need to show students that they’re not alone. Unity Day is the time to send a national, unified message that bullying is no longer acceptable in our society.” Anyone can join the cause during October by wearing PACER’s official National Bullying Prevention Month T-shirt. The campaign is a partnership with CustomInk, the “design online” custom T-shirt company, as part of its “Be Good to Each Other Campaign” that encourages people to take a stand for kindness and tolerance by wearing bullying prevention T-shirts. Proceeds support PACER’s bullying prevention programs, and more information is available at PACER.org/bullying/nbpm.  kindness-mattersIn addition to wearing orange, people can update their Facebook status with the Unity Day message, “Share” and “Attend” the Unity Day Facebook event, or make a statement about bullying by holding a Unity Dance. Students will distribute orange “Unity” ribbons, write “Unity” on their hands or school binders, or participate in Project Connect by creating a visual representation of coming together in unity to prevent bullying. A free student event planning guide is also available to help teens organize local Unity Day events. PACER originated National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006 to raise awareness of the issue. National partners of the month include the National Education Association and the American Federation for Teachers, PTA, and many others. About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides creative, interactive resources that are designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.

say-no-to-bullyingIt offers educators, students, families and individuals tools to address bullying in schools, the community, and online. For more information, visit PACER.org/bullying or call (952) 838-9000 or (888) 248-0822 (national toll free). Contact: Sarah Busch (sarah.busch@pacer.org)(952) 838-9000, National toll-free (888) 248-0822, SOURCE PACER Center, Copyright (C) 2013 PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

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