🇨🇦 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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Prince William Fights Bullying for Charity in Princess Diana’s Name

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NOTHING BRINGS ME MORE HAPPINESS THAN TRYING TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN SOCIETY -king-of-the-world~ IT IS A GOAL AND AN ESSENTIAL PART OF MY LIFE ~ A KIND OF DESTINY ~ WHOEVER IS IN DISTRESS CAN CALL ON ME ~ I WILL COME RUNNING WHEREVER THEY ARE
~ PRINCESS DIANA

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Prince William is tackling bullying in schools ~ for a charity in his late mother’s name.

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15_3_41-1On Monday, William, 33, will take part in a training day on the problems facing kids over cyberbullying and LGBT bullying.

Young people trained by the non-profit Diana Award organization identify bullying and share practical tips on prevention.

A Kensington Palace spokesman tells PEOPLE that William has been especially interested in the group’s Ambassadors program: He visited Diana Award Ambassadors in South Shields, northeast England, in 2013. “He hopes it will help de-stigmatize bullying issues in schools,” his spokesman says.

smiley-king-23118707“He particularly likes the idea of a peer-led support network to prevent any child or young person suffering in silence,” adds his spokesman. “And that’s what he’s keen to see in action on Monday.”

Part of that is a “high five” ~ identifying five people a child can go to for help. William is expected to observe and take part in the workshops.

Monday’s visit to a school in Hammersmith, West London, is in line with an issue that he and Princess Kate have been jointly championing: the emotional and mental well-being of young people. Last month, a palace source told PEOPLE that the issue “is an area which the Duke is starting to explore as to whether he can help in any way in that sector, while recognizing that there are an awful lot of people doing a lot of great work around it already.”

And on Thursday, Kate kicked off her autumn of royal outings by visiting a mental health charity and school.

queen-smiley-face-869049The Diana Award has been running an anti-bullying campaign since the start of the school term, as that is when feelings of anxiety are often at their highest.

There are currently more than 16,000 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors trained by The Diana Award in 3,000 schools across the U.K. and Ireland.


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