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How do you stop bullying? Get 1 in 4 Canadians to wear PiNK!
by 2B Magazine Staff
“This is so incredible! When I was told how many people had registered to wear pink this year and what so many schools were doing from coast, to coast, to coast, I was completely speechless,” says Jeremy Dias, Director ofJersVision.org & The International Day of Pink.
Jeremy Dias founded JersVision.org in 2005 as a mere scholarship, and this year the organization will run anti-bullying workshops every day of the school year and over 20 youth conferences. On top of that, JersVision.org will facilitate the International Day of Pink, a day to raise awareness about bullying in schools and youth communities.
“A pink shirt cannot stop bullying. But wearing pink raises awareness about the issue. Wearing a pink shirt says to your school and community that YOU understand that bullying happens and that YOU are committed to doing something about it. It is daily actions like: being kinder, standing up for someone, reporting bullying, learning about diversity and taking action.” Jeremy smiles. “More over, the International Day of Pink has become a platform for youth and adults to hold awareness, educational and engagement activities.”
Jeremy pauses a moment, then says: “There is no magic wand that can cure bullying. Bullying is a complex multifaceted issue that requires numerous complex multifaceted solutions.”
This year, JersVision.org and the International Day of Pink will honor 3 new community leaders for their work in promoting diversity and stopping bullying. Previous winners have included: Rick Mercer, Brian Burke, Stephen Lewis, and the Hon. Jack Layton.
“Each winner is deserving for so many reasons. The Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean was Canada’s most outspoken Governor General for youth issues. She pioneered countless projects that saved lives and has been the only Governor General to every patron LGBTQ charities. Mark Tewksbury became a household name when he won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics, however being and openly gay athlete and advocating for the ability to be out in sports has reshaped the sporting landscape in Canada and the world. Jian Ghomeshi has been an incredible ally to youth and LGBTQ people. Throughout this illustrious journalistic career he has been respectful of closeted interviewees while working with out celebrities to talk about how the complexities of being LGBTQ can shape one’s experience,” said Jeremy.
The Day of Pink in Ottawa will include at talk with over 150 youth at the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill at 11am, followed by a flash mob in downtown Ottawa. That evening, hundred will gathers for a free Gala with the Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, Mark Tewksbury and Jian Ghomeshi at Ottawa’s only free Gala, the Day of Pink Gala.