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Make a Donation to Pink Shirt Day

Make a Donation to Pink Shirt DayDid your office, school, community group or friends raise money for Pink Shirt Day this year?

Firstly, THANK YOU!! Your donations will go towards anti-bullying programs.

You can donate online for an automatic tax receipt here OR send in your cheque to:

Pink Shirt Day c/o
CKNW Orphans’ Fund
2000-700 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K9

Remember, every small donation helps. Thank you for your support in making some noise against bullying.

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Thanks to The Flower Factory!

The Flower FactoryThe Flower Factory, located on Main St, has been an avid supporter of anti bullying programs for many years. This year, they will once again be graciously donating all the floral centerpieces for the 3rd annual Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon, an event put on by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund to kick-off Pink Shirt  Anti-Bullying Day.

We can’t wait to see these beautiful pieces blossom at the heart and centre of each table at the Blue Water Café on Friday, February 21st.  A huge thank you to The Flower Factory for their enormous contribution to the event. Stay tuned for photos!

Need to show your gratitude, thank someone special, or simply make someone smile? Check out The Flower Factory for their award winning array of beautiful flowers & décor.

The Flower Factory

Drop by: 3604 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5V 3N5
Phone: 604.871.1008
Email: info@flowerfactory.ca

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Top 5 Pink Shirt Day Fundraisers

psd-donation-buttonShow your support for Pink Shirt Day! Many fantastic companies have offered their support to the Pink Shirt Day campaign by holding creative promotions throughout the month of February. Never has eating a cupcake or buying glasses been so philanthropic, and never has it been SO easy to show your support for anti-bullying programs in BC. Here’s a list of awesome Pink Shirt Day fundraisers happening in a city near you – check them out!

 

 

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1) Take Five Café: From now until February 26th, Take Five Café will have pink cupcakes in all their locations. Part proceeds from sales of these delicious cupcakes will be donated to Pink Shirt Day!

 

 

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2) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: From now until February 26th, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will have their amazing pink apples in stores. Part proceeds from sales of these tasty apples go to the Pink Shirt Day campaign!

 

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3) Cartems Donuterie: In the weeks leading up to Pink Shirt Day, Cartems Donuterie will be selling delicious pink donuts (pink lemonade flavoured!). Part proceeds from sales of these delicious donuts are to be donated to Pink Shirt Day.

 

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4) Metropolis at Metrotown: From now until Pink Shirt Day, Metropolis at Metrotown is holding a Facebook contest, and will donate $1 for each contest entry received to the Pink Shirt Day campaign! Check it out here.

 

 

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5) Clearly Contacts: On Wednesday, February 26th, Clearly Contacts will donate $5 from the sale of each pair of glasses purchased on Pink Shirt Day.

 

 

 

Thanks for supporting our 7th annual #pinkshirtday!

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Pink Cupcakes now available at Take Five Café!

Take 5 CupcakesFor the fifth consecutive year, Take Five Café is pleased to support Pink Shirt Day through the sale of their delicious pink cupcakes!

For the entire month of February, the official pink cupcakes will be on sale at all Take Five Café locations with proceeds donated to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of Pink Shirt Day and anti-bullying programs across British Columbia. Enjoy a decadent chocolate cupcake with classic pink cream cheese frosting, made fresh daily at their East Vancouver central kitchen.

So if you need a sweet treat or your office is catering lunch, add a pink cupcake! Don’t forget they deliver as well. Contact their Catering Department to arrange deliveries or order online starting February 1st.

We’re also pleased to report the entire Take 5 Café team will be wearing official #pinkshirtday t-shirts on February 26th 2014! Huge thanks to Take 5 Café for their ongoing support! Bon appetite.

Be sure to tag your pink cupcake photos with #pinkshirtday!

Twitter: @TakeFiveCafe

Instagram: @TakeFiveCafe

Photo credit to Miss 604

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 2

 

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 5.40.47 PMThanks to all who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of others. 

Joanne, Age 43

“Pink Shirt Day is a day that I will always promote, and I am so glad that over the last few years bullying has been brought to light so that we can do something about it. I am 43 years old but have next to nothing for happy memories from school. My memories consist of being taunted and teased, called every name in the book because I was overweight…I wasn’t like everyone else. I had no groups to hang out with, no boyfriends that I could be proud of to hold hands with, It was just me. I would walk the halls at school to get to my next class, or go to the bathroom only to be called names again or hear ” did you feel that earthquake?” as I walked by the bullies hearing their laughter behind me. My bullying went on all through elementary school, to junior high and even to senior high. Even my own neighbourhood wasn’t safe from the name-calling. At school it was mainly the same 2 guys, but when those guys were in their groups it got worse.

So what do I remember from my school years? Crying…a lot. Lunch hours, recess, were spent mostly hiding in empty classrooms or corners of the library where no one could find me to hurt me. Years later, one of those guys found me and messaged me through Facebook and apologized. He said he knew what they did all those years was wrong and that he was sorry. Just knowing that he acknowledged what they did to me all those years, surprised me. I was grateful for the apology but even though I can forgive him for what they did, those memories, those scars will remain with me the rest of my life. Bullying has to stop, I don’t want to see kids growing up into adults with the same memories of school that I do. Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings, like they don’t feel hurt like everybody else…let’s end bullying once and for all.”

Anonymous

“When I was a kid my only friends were boys, I wasn’t the typical little girl who liked to play doll or things like that. Many laughed at me because of it, saying I wasn’t a “real girl” that I had to be a boy, that my parents were wrong about my identity. But I had friends who liked me so I didn’t pay attention what they were saying about me. All that changed when I was 10. I don’t really know what happened, but even boys didn’t want to be near me. I spent the whole year alone. They weren’t really laughing at me, they were just avoiding me, staying away from me. It wasn’t a good year for me, I also have had to face personal problems, I did it on my own.

We all changed school the next year and I found some new friends but somehow people found something else about me. They were always asking me questions like “Why don’t you have a dad?”, “Did he left because you did something?”, “What did you do to him?”,” He didn’t love you enough to stay”, “You didn’t love him so he left”, “You made him leave and now you’re sad because you don’t have a dad like us”. It wasn’t just painful. At that time I thought it was true. I didn’t deal with it or run to a teacher, I did like always, just kept things inside and ignore everyone.

Thankfully it all stopped when I entered in high school, I suppose people were mature enough to understand me a bit or to realize they were wrong. I still had a few people laughing at me but I also had great friends who defended me, they were good to me.

I regret one thing though, maybe if I had talked about it earlier I wouldn’t have had to face bullies for so long. Maybe if I hadn’t been so ashamed, maybe if I had talked someone would have done something and the bullies would have stopped and I would have been the last one, I know I wasn’t the only one but I guess they were too afraid to talk. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, we can’t fix everything by ourselves.”

To submit your own personal bullying story, click here. 

 

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Join us for a Hootsuite Hootup on Cyberbullying!

pink-day-stickerCyberbullying and Youth: What are we really talking about?

With unprecedented access to technology, young people today are carrying the internet in their pockets and communicating with their peers more than ever before. But what happens when their behaviour turns negative and schoolyard bullying moves online? Educators report that cyberbullying is as big an issue as smoking and drugs among youth today. Anonymity and peer pressure can fuel negative online behaviour with severe and often tragic consequences. But where does this behaviour start? What are the various forms and consequences of cyberbullying? Most importantly, what are we supposed to do about it?

Join YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite for an interactive panel discussion with a group of experts, who will answer these questions. In honour of Pink Shirt Day, we will explore themes surrounding cyberbullying and discuss solutions for parents, teachers, youth workers and peers to help mitigate the harmful impacts cyberbullying has on youth today.

When & Where

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

HootSuite Media, Inc. (@Hootsuite @Hootup)

5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6

Moderator

Janet Austin, CEO YWCA Metro Vancouver (@YWCAVAN)

Panelists

Sioned Dyer, Mentorship Coordinator, Youth Facilitator. YWCA Metro Vancouver

Jesse Miller, Founder, Mediated Reality

Sgt. Mathias Van Laer, E Division RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation

Agenda

5:30 – 6:00: Registration

6:00 – 6:30: Mingling / networking / refreshments

6:30 – 7:30: Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30 : Wrap up

To register now, CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you there for this important conversation! #pinkshirtday

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2014 Shirts Now Available at London Drugs

London Drugs Now Selling Our 2014 Pink Shirts

London Drugs Now Selling Our Pink ShirtsStarting today, January 31st, and running until in store supplies last, all 77 London Drugs locations in Western Canada will be selling our Pink Shirt Day shirts!

These are the same shirts we sell online but you can save the shipping / postage fees so you can proudly wear on Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26th.

London Drugs has been a great partner over the years and they continue to support Pink Shirt Day…and we cannot be happier to have them aboard!

The shirts come in a variety of youth and adult sizes, sell for $9.80 and all proceeds go to support anti-bullying programs.

NOTE: Online orders placed after February 21st will NOT arrive before Pink Shirt Day on February 26th – so order early!

For a complete list of London Drugs locations CLICK HERE.

2014 Shirts Now Available at London Drugs

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 1

yourstoriesFBMany thanks to Lois and Allen who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of those dealing with bullying right now.

Lois, age 27

“I’ve sat down to write this many times over the past few weeks. I might get a sentence or two into the computer and then I give up. How do I put into words the way that a handful of people 15-20 years ago shaped my life?

I used to believe that the only definition of a bully was someone who beat you up on the playground for your lunch money. When I was in elementary school that was the common understanding: Bullies were boys who physically attacked weaker boys. And with that as my only definition, it took me a long time to put a name to my experience. But bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and their torment is not limited to physical attacks.

My bullies were my friends. And my worst bullies were my best friends. I was not popular in those awkward middle school years, but I had friends.

The phone rings. It’s for me. But it isn’t a friend on the other end of the phone. It’s a local hairdresser asking why I didn’t come to my appointment: my appointment that I didn’t make. The phone rings again and again and again. And finally one of the salons has an early version of caller ID. The woman reads a number back to me and I know immediately who placed the calls to book the dozens of appointments in my name. I have that phone number memorized because she’s one of my friends.

I had friends to sit with at lunchtime, but there were rules. I had to sit a certain distance away and at least once ended up with chocolate milk dumped on my head.

I met my friend at her locker after school one day, but she wasn’t there. Instead I was greeted by more than 20 girls threatening to gang beat me for talking to my friend’s boyfriend. Of course, they couldn’t take action without her present so things dissipated.

But most of my bullying wasn’t overt. It was a gesture, a sound, a word whispered in the hall, or a look passed behind a teacher’s back.  It was based on silence rather than name-calling. It was freezing a person out of her own life.

I tried to speak up, but my experience didn’t match the definition of bullying my teachers had been taught and so no one called it bullying. No one was called to account for his or her behaviour. It was on my shoulders to leave my school and start over.

It’s been 15-20 years since this all happened, and I am so grateful for Pink Shirt Day and other movements that have redefined bullying and educated teachers on how to respond to it. My teachers didn’t know how to help me, despite their best intentions. Now there are so many more resources so that my experience doesn’t have to be repeated.

Years go by. Things get better. But the scars remain.”

Allen, age 22

“I spent years of my life as a victim of bullying, from when I was nine years old until I was seventeen. During those years, I was in the closet as a trans man, and it impacted my entire life. The way other people treated me made me live in a paralyzing fear of coming out- they treated me badly enough when I wasn’t even out yet- but galvanized my need to become who I am now, rather than live trapped in a constant cycle of torment.

Here’s the thing about my bullying. It was never the same kids twice. For those eight years, it was always a new person or group of people every school year. It was girls and guys alike, and I’d never know which class or what time of day they’d show up. I was constantly verbally harassed, though, and physically injured under the “safe” cover of gym class (which was miserable enough thanks to my condition).

I can’t say what ended the bullying. Maybe nobody was willing to pick a fight with a high school senior, or all the bullies had grown out of it. Maybe coming out to my personal friends gave me the confidence I needed to not be an easy target. But I’d never want to suffer through that again, and nobody else should.”

To share your personal bullying story, click here.

 

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Celebrate Family Day with the Vancouver Giants and support Pink Shirt Day at the Same Time!

Celebrate Family Day with the Vancouver Giants and support Pink Shirt Day at the Same Time!

Vancouver Giants

On Monday, February 10th (Family Day in BC), the Vancouver Giants will take on the Victoria Royals at 2pm.
Stick around for post-game fun including player autographs, interactive games & more!

Tickets in the Red Price category are $18 (GST included, service charges apply) and $5 from every ticket sold with that code will go to Pink Shirt Day. Use promo code ‘PINK’ when purchasing tickets. You can order your tickets online by CLICKING HERE.

Net proceeds to benefit anti-bullying programs in BC.

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Who are we raising money for?

Who are we raising money for?

2014 Pink Shirt Day T-shirtOur 7th annual Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day is fast approaching! To date, CKNW Orphans’ Fund has raised more than $650,000 for anti-bullying programs in British Columbia. The goal this year is to raise $300,000! But where will this money go?

The proceeds of Pink Shirt Day, including donations and proceeds from official t-shirt and button sales, will benefit the following 10 organizations who have been approved for funding anti-bullying programs in BC.

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

We are proud to support the anti-bullying programs they host at their 12 neighbourhood-based clubs in the Lower Mainland. Each of the 1,000 children who come to BGC each day is supported in developing the resiliency against bullying in all its forms, and in developing the skills to be active participants in bullying prevention.

Big Sisters of BC Lower mainland

We are happy to support their “Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” program. The program focuses on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem, and its goal is to positively shape the lives of young women by helping them build a positive self-image.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

We are proud to support their in-school mentoring program, where volunteers spend one hour a week playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, baking, talking, or hanging out on the playground with a boy or girl at a nearby elementary school.

The Canadian Red Cross of BC

We are thrilled to support their RespectED violence and abuse prevention program, which addresses violence against children, relationship violence, bullying and harassment, and helps organizations create safe environments for children in their care.

The Crisis Centre

We are proud to support their YouthInBC.com building capacity program, an on-line crisis chat service, where individuals can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre.

Kids Help Phone

We are pleased to provide funds for their anonymous and confidential professional counselling services for children and youth at risk all across Canada.

Kidsafe Project Society

We are proud to support their Young Leaders program, which teaches youth, who are navigating adolescence in uncertain circumstances, pre-employment skills. It also provides first aid, babysitting and Food Safe courses, resume writing and interviewing skills, sports and out-trips, and involvement in community service.

Leave out Violence Society (LOVE BC)

We are pleased to support the anti-bullying work they do through leadership and violence prevention committees. They hold workshops that address the root causes of bullying and actively work to support youth in building respect for each other.

Vancouver Opera Association

We are supporting their newly-commissioned production of “Stickboy”, a chamber opera for young audiences about the bullying cycle. Spoken word poet Shane Koyczan is penning the libretto for the opera based on his own experiences with bullying. It will open at the Vancouver Playhouse in October 2014.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

We are proud to support their alternative suspension program. This program is an opportunity for suspended students to turn their time away from school into a positive experience. Students have time to get caught up on school work, as well as time to attend workshops to get to the root of the students’ difficulties.

We hope you’ll help us raise funds for these very worthwhile organizations. Let’s make #pinkshirtday 2014 the biggest and best yet!

Click here to donate. 

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Share Your Personal Story About Bullying

Picture1We know bullying can happen anywhere. Whether in schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods or online, many people have personal stories about how they have dealt with the challenges bullying can present. In an effort to make some noise and create a greater conversation about bullying, we are inviting you to share your experience via our new online story submission form. Here are some questions to think about. Were you a bully? How did you feel? How did you change your ways? Have you been bullied? How did you cope and what resources worked best for you? Tell us about it.

You can submit your story (500 words or less) via our online form and you may choose to remain anonymous. Only with your consent will we share your story with our greater online community.

Thank you for being a part of this important conversation! Hope to see you in your pink shirts on Feb 26th as we make some noise against bullying!

To submit your personal story, click here .

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Tag #pinkshirtday!

Pink Shirt Day #pinkshirtday CKNW Are you ready for Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day and excited to post some photos or send some tweets? Join our conversation!

The official hashtag for the 2014 edition of our event is #pinkshirtday, so be sure to tag us when sharing posts about your Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day activities. We’d love to see how you and your classmates, colleagues and friends are making some noise against bullying!

 

 

 

You can also follow us here to join the #pinkshirtday conversation:

Twitter @pinkshirtday | Instagram @pinkshirtday | Facebook Pink Shirt Day

Thanks to everyone for your support. We’re excited to make this year’s Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day the biggest and best yet!

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