Using the theme We All Have A Role, Jer’s Vision, due to the funding that was provided by the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund, presented a double Dare to Stand Out National Capital Region: Anti-Bullying Conference for approximately 250 middle school students (Emily Carr Middle School and Queen Elizabeth Public School). The focus was on gaining skills in resiliency and anti-bullying through concrete workshops and art workshops. At the end of the day, student produced a creative piece that was compiled together into a booklet for each school.
Our keynote speaker was David Millen, founder and presenter of Kids Can! David Millen has delivered presentations relating to safer schools across North America, coordinated Canada’s first three national conferences on bullying (2002, 2005 & 2007), and developed the first international bullying newsletter. He is frequently asked by local and national media to respond to questions about bullying. David is a Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Consultant. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for Service to children and youth. David is based in Ottawa.
Catering was provided by Connor’s Pub, consisting of shepherd’s pie, salad, and juice boxes.
List of Skills-Based Workshops:
- Beyond the Hurt by Erin DeJong of the RespectED Program, Red Cross
- The Art of LIstening by Lana Kouchnir-Kachurovska
- Peer Helping by Katie LeMay, YOUCAN Ottawa
- Existence is Resistance: Community, Resiliency, and Self-Care by Taiva Tegler / Faye Estrella
- COURAGE by Helene LeBlanc and Matthew Harding, Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
- Managing Anger by Christina Callingham, Serenity Renewal for Families
- Having Each Other’s Backs by Joël Boissé, PTS
List of Arts-Based Workshops:
- Manifestations of a Visual Conversation by Hamid Ayoub
- The Power of Theatre: Education Through Performance by Luna Allison and the Insight Theatre Youth Troupe, Planned Parenthood Ottawa
- Free Verse Poetry Writing by Hannah Collins, Jer’s Vision
- Piecing Together Our Identities (Collage Making) by Quinn Cobalt and Tasha Sponagle, Ottawa U Pride Centre
- How To Draw Yourself As A Superhero by Allison Cooper
- Rap Lyrics & Spoken Word as Social Commentary and Self-Expression by Jesse McDonald aka Jesse Dangerously
- Sassy Informative Notes & Buttons by Joël Boissé, PTS
We’d like to thank all our presenters above, as well as our partners and sponsors, like the Department of Justice Canada, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Emily Carr Middle School, and Queen Elizabeth Public School!
Here’s what Ottawa middle school students are saying about art and resiliency:
“I learned to stand up to bullies and help my friends.“
“I learned that we can express our feelings or emotions through different forms of art. Art could remind you of the happiness and you can get rid of your stress while drawing or making or doing some sort of art, because you can socialize while doing it.“
“I learned about the steps of managing anger and different things you can do to manage and control your anger in a positive way.“
“That we have to stand up for each other and be courageous“