Stop bullying – yes, you… Stop it.

This week November 12 – 17, 2012 is Bullying Awareness Week. There are various events taking place in our schools to acknowledge that we all need to combat this scourge to children’s lives. A recent survey of our Canadian Rockies Public Schools community showed that bullying is not seen to be prevalent. That is all well and good, but for the kids who ARE bullied, it is a terrible problem and blights their lives.

Please come out to hear speaker Bill Belsey at Canmore Collegiate Theatre in Canmore tonight at 7:00 p.m. TONIGHT.  “The cost is FREE and the presentation is priceless,” as the poster proclaims.

Bill is the founder of www.bullying.org and is credited with coining the term “cyber-bullying”. Brian Wityshyn, Principal at Lawrence Grassi Middle School, invited him to speak.  It promises to be a very useful and interesting presentation. Please do consider joining us.

Craig and Marc Kielburger,  founders of We Day,  are getting on board with “The Pledge”and Bill Belsey:  “That’s why we’re signing on to support a Facebook initiative to take back social media and empower youth. It’s called Be Bold, Stop Bullying, and part of it is The Pledge which begins: ‘Here is my pledge: I will speak up — I will take a stand when I see kids humiliating or hurting each other.'”  I hope kids, parents and teachers will visit this page.

Do you know a caring kid who has stood up to bullying? Commend them for that behaviour and nominate them for this award – who doesn’t like pizza?

My grandson, Jack Eldon Comfort. His feet. That is all.

There’s so much I want to say on this topic. I do understand what it is to be a victim of bullying.  A diplomat’s brat, my whole early life was moving from place to place, with the result I was “the new kid” at school at least every third year. I resigned myself to some form of hazing lasting until Christmas, from mild teasing to cruel name-calling and physical harassment.  Back then, said the dinosaur, it was just “the way things are.” Suffice to say, some of that time was excruciatingly lonely and tough to get through. I am glad I made it and I want to be proactive about making a difference for today’s kids. And not just because I am now a grandmother…but that’s part of it too. I thought I understood that mama-grizzly-bear-protective-instinct from having my own kids…let me tell you, that is nothing compared to the same emotion as a grandmamma.

See you tonight at CCHS.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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