An update from JersVision after Day of Pink 2013

Do you ever have days that are so busy they seem to pass by so quickly you forget where you are?
 
With the Day of Pink recently behind us, we have not slowed down our work to make schools safer. In case you missed the 8th Annual JersVision.org Day of Pink Gala, please read about it here and check out some pictures.
 
Today is a big day for JersVision.org; in collaboration with MP Dany Morin, we will be co-presenting the second annual Rainbow Day on the Hill, Canada’s first shadow program between LGBQ students and Members of Parliament. Read about why students feel this is an important opportunity here.
 
While Faye Estrella runs the Rainbow Day on the Hill, I am currently replying to emails while on the train to Toronto. This afternoon I am honoured to be the keynote speaker at the Bully–Let’s Take a Stand Conference presented by the Canadian Safe Schools Network. And, later this week, I will be working with the Limestone School Board to run some of the first anti-homophobia & transphobia work in elementary schools in Kingston & Cloyne, ON.
 
You are probably wondering why the email subject line has Sir Elton John in it?
 
Well, this weekend two shows will take over Ottawa and help raise funds for JersVision.org’s work to stop bullying, discrimination, homophobia & transphobia in school.
 
The first is Algonquin Theatre Arts Program’s upcoming production of The Laramie Project. Directed by Ottawa’s incredible Teri Loretto-Valentik, the play tells the heartbreaking story of Matthew Shepard who was murdered in 1998.  The show runs from April 17-21. More information here.
 
The second, Loves Lies Bleeding, the Elton John ballet, will debut in Ottawa on April 19 & 20.  Sir Elton John, the Alberta Ballet and the National Art Centre have chosen JersVision.org as their charity of choice and will be collection donations during this production. More info and tickets are here.
 
At the 8th Annual JersVision.org Gala, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean shared her stories of working with JersVision.org and the success of our work in schools.
 
So, in an effort to address a growing waiting list, we are looking for 87 new donors to donate $10 a month to help us double our ability to run workshops in schools, and run new conferences in Cape Breton, Leduc & Brampton.
 
Please invest in stopping bullying, homophobia, and transphobia:
Please sign up and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Together we can address homophobia and transphobia in schools.
 
Thank you,
 
Jeremy Dias 


Some other updates from the JersVision.org & Day of Pink team: