See what people are saying about Day of Pink!
Alana Delong,MLA Calgary-Bow
On April 9, 2014, wearing pink is not just a fashion choice – it’s a statement about the kind of province, country and world we want to live in. Since 2007, the International Day of Pink has advanced the cause of youth working to end bullying in our schools and communities. On April 9th, I hope you’ll join me in wearing pink to show your support for this movement. But even more importantly, I hope you’ll join me and millions of Canadians, especially our youth, who work every single day to eliminate bullying, discrimination and intolerance. That ongoing effort every day is what the International Day of Pink is really all about.
Alex Munter, CEO of CHEO Hospital
We need to stand up against bullying and discrimination every single day. The Day of Pink is special because it gives us the extra opportunity to make that very serious point in a fun, colourful way.
Alexandre Boulerice, MP for Rosemont La Petite–Patrie
Almost 4 in 10 secondary students in Quebec say they have been the target of a homophobic incident in their school because they are or might be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. I invite all citizens to spread the word and to take action: Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transexual (LGBTT) people is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. As a Member of Parliament, I pledge to fight against all forms of discrimination and bullying.
Alison Redford, Former Premier of Alberta
Words have power, but sometimes we forget the powerful statement that comes from standing up and taking action. I am inspired by the courage and leadership of the two Nova Scotia students who stepped up to support their classmate, which led to the International Day of Pink. On this day I encourage you to join me in the wearing of pink, as a message that together we have the power to stop bullying and create safe and caring communities. Our government has recognized the importance of preventing bullying and Alberta’s new Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety, Sandra Jansen, will play a vital role in working with youth, parents, teachers and community members to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships.
“I would like to take this opportunity to applaud Jer’s Vision for all of their hard work in promoting the International Day of Pink! Youth in Canada and all over the world will play a pivotal role in the elimination of bullying and discrimination. My community of Hampton, New Brunswick has been particularly conscious of the effects of bullying and has done a lot to bring this issue to the attention of the public. Hampton is the birthplace of John Peters Humphrey, who personally experienced bullying and went on to be the principal drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Author Anne Huestis Scott, with the support of the John Peters Humphrey Foundation, launched a book on the life of John Peters Humphrey last year entitled, “The Boy Who Was Bullied”.”
Amarjeet Sohi, City Counsillor
“I am happy that the Day of Pink enjoys more support each year. A collection of growing voices like this makes a strong statement that bullying or discrimination of any kind is a detriment to every person in our society. Together we stand against intolerance. Bullying has no place in a community that values the perspectives and experiences of every one of its members.”
Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South
Congratulations to the Day of Pink organizers! As a former teacher, I know first-hand how important it to treat every student with respect and dignity. Research shows that a safe, inclusive and accepting school is essential for school achievement and for school well-being.
“When I wear pink on April 9, 2014, I will think about those students who created hope, inspiration and understanding amidst the darkness of discrimination. Together we can eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination in schools and youth communities. The International Day of Pink is a great opportunity for Ontarians to join their communities in celebrating diversity.”
Andrew Cash, MP for Davenport
I’m proud to support the Day of Pink and stand up against homophobia and transphobia. LGBT Canadians continue to experience discrimination in their daily lives. All Canadians have the right to live free of harassment and bullying in all their forms, and the NDP will continue to take the lead in standing up for the rights of LGBT Canadians.
Andrew Parsons, MHA for Burgeo–La Poile
Each year on the International Day of Pink, we unite to oppose bullying and discrimination. I am proud to wear pink and join others in celebrating our diversity. The founders of the International Day of Pink have shown how youth can make a positive change. Let’s all follow their example in our own communities, schools and places of work.
Day of Pink is a time to stand together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online. It’s critical that we bring awareness to these important issues that can have long term effects on kids and their self-esteem. I wear my pink shirt with pride to show my support for standing up against bullying and discrimination.
I am proud today to stand with my friends and fellow citizens in defiance of bullying and discrimination, and will wear pink to show my solidarity and support. I will continue to provide support to those who need it, both on the ground in my district and in the House of Assembly.
Andrew Swan, MLA for Minto As
Let’s continue to work together to build inclusive and strong communities, where all are safe from bullying.
Andrew Younger, MLA for Dartmouth East
No one should have to suffer or experience homophobia, transphobia and or bullying for any reason. Our schools, workplaces, and communities should be safe and welcoming places celebrating diversity. I will be participating in The International Day of Pink to take a stand against bullying
“We all have witnessed the indelible scars left on the victims of bullying and discrimination. Thank you to those very brave students who helped spot light these behaviours. Educating our littlest citizens that we are
not all alike and that every person deserves acceptance, can only improve society. I urge all Canadians to support The Day of Pink and become leaders in eradicating these destructive practices.”
Ben Lobb, MP
“On April 10, 2014, the International Day of Pink, I will stand with many others in our fight to stop bullying and to increase social awareness. Our youth need to know that we stand behind them, and that together, no bully is big enough to stand up to us. Through initiatives like this we can increase social outreach programs, and help to ensure that our children remain healthy and happy.”
Bev Harrison, Former MLA for New Brunswick
As a formal principal of a high school I have always taken a hard stance against bullying, because of my deep seeded belief in human rights. We must all strive to treat each other with compassion and above all respect, in doing so we can truly become global citizens and help put an end to bullying.
Bidhu Jha, MLA for Radisson
There is one and only one Creator. We are all part of the Creator and as such we are all members of the family. Only Love can bring the joys of life.
Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay–Atikokan
I am glad to lend my support to those continuing the work to end bullying and discrimination in our schools, and proud to be a part of a Government that has brought forward legislation to help achieve that goal!
Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
As a leader in the community I believe one of my roles is to build a capacity for acceptance and understanding among youth and adults. While we are able to hold our own ideas and values, bullying is simply not acceptable and should not be tolerated.
Blake Pedersen,MLA of Medicine Hat
“I am proud to support the International Day of Pink. As a community, it is important that we continuously work to end bullying and discrimination, and I am glad to take part in this worthy cause.”
Bob Monette, Ottawa City Councillor
Youth have a right to express themselves without fear. There is no room for bullying in our schools and as a City Councillor, I urge you to speak out against bullying and doing the right thing.
Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Premier
“As a proud Ambassador for the International Day of Pink, I support wearing pink to remind all of us the importance of anti-bullying and the importance of preservation and protection of rights for all.
Laws are important and public awareness is important, and we should continue engaging in these initiatives. But our efforts need to go far beyond wearing a certain colour on a certain day of the year. There is individual responsibility that we each must accept. Our young people can be a great source of hope and a powerful force of change in the fight against bullying. They can help turn it around just as parents, adults, mentors, coaches, and teachers can help be a positive influence in talking about these issues.
I commend those individuals who have the courage to stand up and speak out against bullying and discrimination in their daily lives. Together we can make a difference.”
Brad Woodside, Mayor
“I am pleased to support, Day of Pink for two reasons, one I like pink and secondly it enables me to show others I do not support bullying or discrimination. Bullying is not cool and it is up to all of us to stop it.”
Brandon Hilton strongly encourages everyone to take part in The “Day Of Pink” and show your support for a great cause while sending a message to the world that Bullying is NOT ok and we will no longer stand for it! We will stand up AGAINST bullying in school and send a message of peace, we must spread love! Bullying should not be an issue placed on the back burner, we are losing our future because of it, these children are hurting and something must be done! END BULLYING! SPREAD LOVE! WEAR PINK!
Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg
“A strong community supports and celebrates each other in our uniqueness, differences, and diversity. Everyone deserves to feel safe – and we have a responsibility to work together, treat each other with respect and care, and stand up and say no to bullying and discrimination.
On the behalf of the City of Winnipeg and City Council colleagues, I would like to extend thanks to Jer’s Vision: Canada Youth’s Diversity Initiative for standing up against bullying.”
Proud to be wearing pink today in support of all those who continue to be bullied and intimidated. Let’s work together to raise awareness and help those who suffer too often in silence.
Brian Masse, MP
It is unfortunate that rapidly changing technology can intensify forms of discrimination. Now, more than ever is it clear that we need youth led initiatives to address bullying and other forms of discrimination. I am proud to participate in the International Day of Pink and stand in solidarity with my fellow Canadians against discrimination and bullying.
Brian Mayes, Winnipeg City Councillor
Bullying in any form is not acceptable and I’m proud to stand with students to put an end to bullying and to raise awareness through the Day of Pink campaign.
Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North
As the member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, I am so proud to be an ambassador for the International Day of Pink. Unfortunately, many youth in Canada have to face homophobia and bullying at school. This is absolutely inacceptable. As Canadians, we must do everything we can to celebrate our diversity and create a more tolerant society.
Events like the Day of Pink are crucial to educating both youth and adults about how we can stand up against bullying, prevent discrimination and ensure that every Canadian teen has the support they need to reach their full potential, regardless of their sexual orientation. I commend the youth GLBTQ activists who have worked so hard to raise awareness around these issues. I encourage all Canadians to join them in the Day of Pink, and add their voices to the fight for a more inclusive society.
Buckley Belanger, MLA for Athabasca, Saskatchewan
Cal Dallas, MLA for Red Deer South
“I am proud to support the Day of Pink. Every member of our community should live free of homophobia and all forms of bullying. Together, let’s celebrate diversity and end discrimination.”
Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan’s New Democrats
“Our diversity is worth celebrating because it’s what makes life beautiful. Bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia are repulsive, because those actions and attitudes create too much needless unhappiness and pain for far too many young people. On the Day of Pink, let’s recommit ourselves to celebrating diversity, embracing one another, and making our schools and communities safer places so everyone can be free to be themselves.”
Carole James, MLA of British Columbia
“Bullying is a serious problem in our schools, workplaces and communities. I’m wearing pink today to take a stand. We must join together to say no. Speak out, step up, be heard!”
Carolyn Bennett, Liberal Critic of Aboriginal Affair
“The Day of Pink plays an invaluable role in empowering youth to combat bullying and raising awareness about the often cruel realities still faced by LGBTQ youth. The simple message – that everyone is responsible for making our schools and communities safe and welcoming for all – is a powerful call to action for people young and old. I’m thrilled to see so many courageous youth across the country stepping up to lead the way on this important cause.”
Cathy Sproule, MLA for Saskatoon Nutana
Charles Sousa, MPP
“As we honour the Day of Pink, I am proud of the volunteer ambassadors who help promote this international day against bullying and discrimination. We celebrate Ontario’s diversity as one of our greatest strengths. I encourage everyone to wear pink on April 8th as a reminder of the importance of that diversity, acceptance and mutual respect.”
Cheri DiNovo, Ontario Member of Parliament
In over 80 countries LGBTQ people are considered illegal. In 10 they are subject to the death penalty. We experience freedom and equality here because others have paid with their freedom and equality. Bullying is recreating in microcosm the terror we have all escaped in this country. It’s not trivial. It’s critical. Let love be.
Christine Elliott,MPP Whitby-Oshawa
“We’ve all heard the heartbreaking stories of kids being bullied by their peers at school, on the playground or in their communities. On April 8thwe wear pink for those affected by bullying to let them know that they are not alone. By standing together, we can eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination in our local communities and across Ontario.”
Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I am pleased to welcome everyone to this special International Day of Pink Gala, celebrating Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative’s 10th year of fighting bullying and discrimination, and making our schools and communities safer.
Combating bullying is difficult and requires co-operation by all levels in schools, organizations and government. Creating a positive culture in schools and communities is the first step in making change and Jer’s Vision has been amazing at making this happen. Its anti-discrimination programs that run across North America have educated not only students and parents, but teachers and administrators as well.
I have always been a strong advocate for anti-bullying and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate everyone involved in the International Day of Pink movement for helping keep our children, our schools and communities safe. I’d also like to thank the organizers and volunteers at Jer’s Vision, for their hard work and dedication towards fighting all forms of discrimination.
Chuck Porter, MLA for Hants West
Set a good example and speak out if you see someone being bullied. Bullying must be stopped.
Cindy Dekker,Chair West Vancouver Board of Education
“The school environment is a little like the jacket of a great book: beyond enticing the reader inside and stimulating curiosity, it’s most important role is to protect the precious contents inside. As the Chair of the West Vancouver Board of Education, we are entrusted daily with that most precious thing in society: the care, nurturing, protection and education of our future citizens. There is no place for bullying, intimidation and discrimination in any environment, let alone a school. Congratulations to Jer’s Vision for its part in making the Day of Pink such a huge success.”
Cindy Forster, MPP
“I join with my colleagues across Ontario and Canada in support of the amazing team at Jer’s Vision. Your work to end bullying, homophobia and transphobia continues to have a huge impact on all of us. I encourage everyone to wear pink with me as we fight bullying together!”
Clarence Pettersen, MLA for Flin Flon
On April 8th, the International Day of Pink, I will be proud to wear pink to show my support to end bullying in our schools, in our workplaces and in our communities as a whole.
Colonel (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, LG of Alberta
Bullying and discrimination are destructive acts that compromise the mental well-being and safety of individuals and society as a whole. When we speak out and support those living with prejudice and intimidation we send a clear message that bullying will not be tolerated in this great nation that has long prided itself on being a peacekeeper and a kind, caring citizen of the world. Thank you to Jer’s Vision and to everyone who wears pink on April 8.
Colonel (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM, AOE, MSC, CD, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Councillor Scott Fielding
Everyone deserves the rite to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. Once we move past our hasty judgements and unfounded misconceptions, we can meet one another for the first time. We are all one and have a place in this beautiful universe. I am honoured to support the International Day of Pink.
Every man, woman and child has the right to feel safe and feel like they belong. This basic civil right should not be abridged by the circumstances of their birth, or their sexual orientation. This is why I support the Day of Pink. Bullying has become a widespread epidemic and together we can put an end to it.
Craig Scott, MP for Toronto–Danforth
I’m privileged and proud to stand in solidarity with Jer’s Vision on this International Day of Pink against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia in schools and communities. As Ontario’s only Out LGBTQ MP in the current House of Commons, I’ve been fortunate to work with Jer’s Vision on initiatives like Rainbow Day on the Hill, a political job shadowing program for LGBT youth, and on the campaign to repeal section 159 of the Criminal Code which unconstitutionally discriminates against members of the LGBTQ community. Together, let’s continue this important work to build a more accepting and inclusive Canada.
I applaud the fantastic work being done by Jer’s Vision to eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination in schools and amongst youth. For our part, New Democrats remain committed to speaking out about bullying on all levels to raise awareness and bring about change. Canada can lead the way in making things better.
Dale Kirkby, MHA of St.Johns
“Please join me in taking a stand against bullying and help put an end to it wherever it exists”
Dan Harris, MP for Scarborough Southwest
As Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest, I am proud to support Jer’s Vision and the Day of Pink. As a life-long New Democrat, I have always held LGBT issues close to my heart and have worked alongside many friends and colleagues to raise awareness and celebrate the great diversity we find in our cities, our province and our country.
Danielle Chartier, MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale
As a mother of two, I want my girls to grow and thrive in a bully-free environment where they feel included, respected, valued, and confident and secure in who they are – everyone deserves to feel this way in their schools and throughout their communities. I am proud to support Day of Pink and send a clear and strong message that bullying will not be tolerated.
We are all in this together. It’s about giving the same respect we hope to receive.
Danny Soucy,Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
“I truly believe that the richness of our families and communities is that we are all different from each other and instead of denying our differences we need to embrace them, our diversity is what makes our world a great and interesting place to live. So PLEASE be in sync and wear Pink.”
Dany Morin, MP for Chicoutimi-Le Fjord
I am proud to participate in the International Day of Pink to send the message that bullying is never justified. Bullying touches us all; its victims represent the entire rainbow of human experience. Working together, it is my hope that we can send a strong message to bullies – stop it. And that we can tell victims – you are not alone. So, as Jack said, ‘let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.’
Darin King, MHA of Grand Bak
“As a Minister of Education, I am supportive of any initiative that promotes the development of respectful, caring attitudes, both within and outside the school environment. The Day of Pink helps draw attention to ways in which we can all take a stand against bullying, harassment, intimidation and disrespectful behaviour. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is firmly committed to preventing all forms of violence and creating a society where all residents can live, work and learn in communities where bullying and harassment is not tolerated. I believe that by addressing this issue, and taking action together, our efforts will make a difference.”
Darrell Pasloski, Premier of Yukon
I rise in the House today to pay tribute to the Day of Pink. On this day, communities across the country and around the world unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic and other forms of bullying. The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student being bullied because he was wearing a pink shirt. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone in school to arrive wearing pink and to stand in solidarity. As a result, an entire school stood together to stop this unacceptable behaviour. The message was clear — anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized from bullying, but together we can stop it. Each year on the second Wednesday of April, people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference and that the change starts with each one of us. Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of shared belief in celebrating diversity; it’s also a commitment to being open-minded, to being understanding of differences, and to learning to respect each other. We invite everyone — schools, businesses and community organizations — to make a difference and to participate. Across the world, discrimination continues to be a leading source of conflict. Discrimination can happen based on a wide spectrum of differences. There are many ways in which discrimination can manifest itself. Stereotypical ideas often lead to prejudices that may easily lead to discrimination that will affect how we work, study and treat one another. Ultimately, these stereotypical ideas create barriers: bullying, harassment, hate and violence. I urge everyone in this House, and our fellow Yukoners, to stand united against discrimination and bullying in whichever form it may occur.
Darshan S. Kang, MLA for Calgary-McCall
Please join me and many others from across the country as we celebrate a movement that began in 2007 with two students in Nova Scotia saying no to bullying. Let us come together to celebrate uniqueness, individualism, and draw awareness to the harmful effects of bullying and celebrate our differences! We are a multicultural, multilingual, and a nation of immigrants. International Day of Pink is a celebration but most importantly it is about telling those who have been bullied; you are not alone! Please join me and others across the country by wearing pink on The Day of Pink.
Dave Chomiak, MLA for Kildonan
It is very important to support the Day of Pink and Jer’s Vision. We all live in a society where it is important that we are supported for who we are rather than be judged or belittled. History shows that when we work together to eliminate discrimination and bullying we can make a difference. That’s what this day is all about. I hope that if we can make a difference for one day, then we can educate and make a difference every day. It takes courage to stand up to bullies. When we do this together as you are doing, we are demonstrating that a more inclusive and caring community is possible, not just one day a year, but every day, everywhere, in every school and in every community. Keep up the good work.
Dave Gaudreau, MLA for St. Norbert
Step up and join me in wearing pink to combat bullying, discrimination, and homophobia. Pink alone will not stop the problem, but you can. Stand up and fight for the rights of everyone.
Dave Levac, MPP for Brant
As a former educator, I am aware of the negative and profound impact that bullying can have on the youth of today. It is important that these children are provided with the proper support and encouragement so they can fight this. No one deserves to be discriminated against. Diversity is something that should be celebrated within the school and youth community. This annual event is a great way to raise awareness about all forms of bullying and promote acceptance and respect for one another.
David Chernushenko, Ottawa City Councillor
Keep up the great work. Minds are opening, lives are improving.
David Eggen, MLA Edmonton-Calder
“I’m proud to stand as an ambassador for Day of Pink again this year. As community leaders we need to be standing up against transphobia and homophobia, ensuring that some of the most marginalized members of our society have the protection and support they need to prosper in our society. I wear pink today to send a clear message that we won’t tolerate bullying and harassment and that all members of our society deserve support, tolerance and acceptance.”
David Eggen, MLA of Alberta
“I’m proud to stand up against homophobia and transphobia as an ambassador for the Day of Pink. Bullying and discrimination are unacceptable and the Alberta’s New Democrats and I are committed to creating a society where homophobia and transphobia will no longer exist. I’ll be proud to wear pink to support the countless youth that are victims of bullying in todays society, and I hope with enough voices speaking out, these youth will one day get the acceptance and support they deserve.”
David Forbes, MLA for Saskatoon Centre
Day of Pink is much bigger than one day; it reminds us that we need to continually send a message that we will not tolerate bullying. Day of Pink celebrates diversity, being understanding of differences, and seeing the unique abilities that every person brings to the world. Please join me in promoting diversity, preventing bullying, and taking action to make our world a safer place by celebrating Day of Pink!
David Xiao, MLA for Edmonton-McClung
“I am proud to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink. Let us all come together and fight against bullying and discrimination.”
Deanne Crothers, MLA for St.James
We teach by example. As adults, let’s model a Day of Pink philosophy every day, by remembering to use social media with respect and compassion.
Deb Matthews, MPP
“Raising awareness of bullying across the country is enormously important. Bullying is wrong and can’t be tolerated. Our kids need to feel safe everywhere, especially in school. All of us need to work together to make sure no one suffers from bullies. I’ll proudly be wearing pink on April 8th to show my support of Jer’s Vision Day of Pink.”
Deb Matthews, MPP
Raising awareness of bullying across the country is enormously important. Bullying is wrong and can’t be tolerated. Our kids need to feel safe everywhere, especially in school. All of us need to work together to make sure no one suffers from bullies. I’ll proudly be wearing pink on April 8th to show my support of Jer’s Vision Day of Pink.
Denise Peterson-Rafuse, MLA for Chester–St. Margaret’s
Pink is Perfect.
Pink is the colour of love and kindness
Love and kindness is what we need to stop bullying
The Day of Pink is a reminder that love and kindness need to be extended not just one day but 365 days a year, so spread the pink!
Diane Colley-Urquhart, Councillor, ward 13, calgary
“Don’t call it bullying. At any age, simply put, it is harassment or discrimination. If you intentionally put down a young person based on how they look, the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual orientation or preference, or their religion beliefs, it is much more serious that “bullying”. This minimizes the serious impact these actions have on the victim and further marginalizes the seriousness of this behaviour and its short and long term effects. Whether this behaviour happens in person, on social media, at school or in the workplace, all ages are protected by law against being harassed or discriminated against. It is the responsibility of each of us to respect each other for who they are.”
Diane Deans, Ottawa City Councillor
I support the Day of Pink and what it stands for because I believe that every person has the right to feel safe in their environment, whether that’s school, work, or home. When we make the decision to stand together against discrimination we are showing bullies that their actions are no longer welcome in our communities and we can begin to truly celebrate our diversities
Diane Holmes, Ottawa City Councillor
Jer’s Vision is playing an essential role in reducing the amount of bullying and discrimination in schools and youth communities.
Don Morgan, Minister of Education Government of Saskatchewan
“International Day of Pink is a chance to show support for those who
have been bullied or discriminated against. In Saskatchewan, we are
working together with youth to create safe, caring and accepting learning
environments. Each day grants us another opportunity to take a step
in that direction, and I’d like to thank Jer’s Vision for their work to make
International Day of Pink such a success.”
Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon
“Every child, teen and adult has the right to live in a safe and welcoming environment. The work of Jeremy Dias and “Jer’s Vision” is helping change attitudes and educate Canadians about bullying and discrimination of all kinds. I am pleased to offer my support for the Day of Pink and this anti-bullying effort. ”
–Mayor Donald Atchison, Saskatoon
Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon
“Every child, teen and adult has the right to live in a safe and welcoming environment. The work of Jeremy Dias and “Jer’s Vision” is helping change attitudes and educate Canadians about bullying and discrimination of all kinds. I am pleased to offer my support for the Day of Pink and this anti-bullying effort. “
Donna Blackburn, ON School Board Trustee
As a teenager I felt compelled to hide who I was. I suffered depression because I lived in constant fear of being found out. Today, I am the first openly gay Trustee elected to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
In my time at the Board I have witnessed positive and purposeful change in our Districts’ practices. We have adopted a firm stance against bullying that includes programs like Roots of Empathy and GSAs in many if not most schools.
As adults we can take pride in these actions – yet it was youth who made the Day of Pink a reality. A small number of gutsy kids stood up to a bully who ridiculed a boy for wearing pink. They silently, stood in the hallways of their high school, dressed in pink – their message was clear – solidarity – they would not tolerate bullies!
I encourage you to celebrate the International Day of Pink and I thank you on behalf of my younger self who so could have benefited from an organization like Jer’s Vision.
I can finally say I am proud to be me!
Donna Cansfield, MPP for Etobicoke Centre
Bullying is an unacceptable behaviour at any age. Youth and adults must work together to build a safe and healthy environment for everyone in schools and in the community.
Donna Kennedy-Glans, MLA for Calgary–Varsity
Bullying is an experience that no child should ever have to endure while growing up. To end bullying we all need to visibly stand together and explicitly state we will not condone this behaviour. The International Day of Pink gives us that opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to put an end to bullying!
Douglas Black, Senator
“Congratulations to all those participating in the International Day of Pink to stop bullying and celebrate diversity. Change comes when we stand up and speak out, and Canada’s youth must lead our society to become a more fair and tolerant country in which to live. Thank you for your commitment!”
Doyle Vermette, MLA for Cumberland, Saskatchewan
Dr. Asha Seth, Senator
If courage is fire and bullying is smoke, we must come ablaze and light the way for those who cannot see the way out of the haze. The past few years have brought awareness to the pervasiveness of bullying and its deep, long lasting effects. It is our responsibility to work together and put a stop to the abuse. It is not easy because bullying is a persistent shape shifter, and often happens in whisper. We have all been there, among friends, comfortable to judge and torment others in the sake of fun. The truth is, we know the power of our words, and we know that the target of our taunts is hurt by them. We cannot allow ourselves to behave in such a vile way. We must be engines of change; we must be the barrier of courage against a flood of fear and hate. Regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, or physical limitations, you can be the difference. One person of courage is always a majority. Proudly stand against those who victimize others. Show them that being loved gives you strength, and loving someone gives you courage.
I am proud to support the Day of Pink campaign against bullying, discrimination and homophobia. Campaigns like Day of Pink bring to light the ugly face of bullying and help to educate young people to handle and fight against it. Our many faces, our many hearts, they represent the multiplicity of virtue that makes our country great. So stand proud and strong, and work together to make bullying a thing of the past. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘A small body of determined spirits, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission, can alter the course of history.’
Dr.Jon Gerrard, MLA for River Heights
“I strongly believe in every person’s human right to dignity and am proud to wear pink to remind us all that bullying and discrimination is a tragic violation of that right. We must do all we can to protect human rights, to help those who are vulnerable and to better our society. Thank you to Jer’s Vision for engaging millions of people in the International Day of Pink and for running programs that stand up to bullying.”
Drew Caldwell, MLA for Brandon East
The Day of Pink reminds us all of the destructive nature of bullying and our responsibility to confront bullying wherever it exists. Thank you for supporting the Day of Pink.
Elaine McCoy, Senator for Alberta
We can’t forget that bullying can happen at any age in life. The question is, how do we make it stop? …at all ages we can and are breaking the cycle, with each positive step forward. Day of Pink is not just about raising bully awareness, it also celebrates and recognizes the actions we take every day in our lives to interact positively and respectfully with the people around us.
Elaine Taylor, Minister of Education
Day of Pink
April 8, 2015
The annual Day of Pink is a commitment to open mindedness, respect, and understanding one another. The Yukon Government embraces these very ideals and is proud to support the Day of Pink movement as a reminder that the elimination of bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination is a goal within our reach.
Minister of Education
Eric Foster, MLA Vernon- Monashee
“Everyone deserves to feel safe, accepted and respected. B.C. is a national leader in bullying prevention and is the first province in Canada to develop a comprehensive ERASE Bullying strategy that is designed to help prevent, identify and stop harmful behaviours by children and adults – whether online, at school or in the community.
I am proud to support Jer’s Vision and celebrate the International Day of Pink to support diversity and inclusively.”
Eric Robinson, MLA for Kewatinook
Everyone has an important role to play in putting an end to bullying. Whether it’s in our schools, workplaces or anywhere else, we cannot continue to tolerate homophobia, transphobia or any other form of discrimination. I will be wearing pink on April 8th as a symbol of my commitment towards ending discrimination and making our communities healthier places for everyone to live.
Erin Selby, MLA for Southdale
It takes courage to be yourself, and it takes even more courage to stand up for yourself. Every school should be a safe and inclusive environment.
Erna Braun, MLA for Rossmere
Everyone deserves to feel safe. Let us all support Day of Pink and add our voices against bullying.
Evan Woolley, Councillor (Calgary)
When we bully others we bring out the worst in ourselves and each other, so let’s all wear pink on April 18th to show that bullying is not cool. Let’s not tear each other down for our differences, but build up what makes each of us unique. Let’s be proud to show our colours ever day, and on April 18th, let’s rock the Day of Pink!
Exie D Sciocchetti, Nova Scotia’s Liberal Caucus
No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination. The International Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other. With bullying taking place in our schools and online in Nova Scotia, it is important to stand together to address these issues. The International Day of Pink encourages unity against discrimination, and I am pleased to wear pink in support of this initiative.
Flor Marcelino, MLA for Logan
Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. I am proud to wear pink and stand united against bullying and discrimination. Let us support the Day of Pink and other anti-bullying initiatives throughout the whole year. We want to live in safe and healthy communities where we can promote and celebrate our diversity.
France Gelinas, MPP
On this day of pink let’s all stand together and do our part to eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination. When we stand together in solidarity we create a motion for change. When we speak and act inclusively we lead with example. Be a leader, promote fairness and help put an end to discrimination. Together everything is possible!
Françoise Boivin, MP for Gatineau
On April 8th, I will be on a panel in Quebec City to discuss the topic of women in politics and I will proudly wear pink to stand against bullying. As Justice Critic for the Official Opposition, I found that the greatest things happen when people from different backgrounds and mindsets come together for the greater good. Diversity is a great Canadian treasure. It needs to be cherished, promoted and celebrated!
Frank Whitehead, MLA for The Pas
“I’m proud to wear a pink ribbon on the International Day of Pink. It shows that I am opposed to homophobia, transphobia, bullying and in fact to every other discrimination in our one society.”
Gail Shea, MP
“With a simple decision to dress ourselves in the colour pink on this day, we are joining in; we are taking a stand, and we are sending the powerful message that bullying and discrimination against others is not acceptable. We must remember that this movement blossomed from the action of a few courageous students who stood up for a friend when he was being ridiculed for what he was wearing. They didn’t use violence or recrimination to deliver the message that this was wrong; they wore pink and stood beside their friend to show their support.
This inclusive moment became the catalyst that has inspired others to step up and speak out when they see an injustice. I look forward to seeing many shades of pink on April 9. It will be a colourful reminder that positive change begins with each and every one of us and that change can also start in our own backyards.”
Garfield Dunlop, MPP of Simcoe North
“It gives me great pleasure to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink set for April 9, 2014.
I am honoured to give my official endorsement of the day and I urge everyone to participate. Our children are our future and deserve our support and participation as we celebrate diversity and efforts to end bullying.
This work is vital to every community.
We should all continue to support the work of youth working to end bullying and discrimination in schools and youth communities.”
Gary Burrill, MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
I am a proud supporter of the Day of Pink, because it seems to me that one of the major improvements that has taken place over the 40 years since my own high schooling is the growth of understanding that homophobia is unacceptable and wrong.
Gary Goodyear, MP
“On April 9, 2014, I encourage all of my constituents and fellow Canadians to wear pink to show their support for the International Day of Pink. This day represents much more than a colour—it represents our youth who are standing strong together to stop bullying in schools and our community.”
Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax
“It is my pleasure to support Jer’s Vision and International Day of Pink.
I have heard from families in my community about the horrible impact bullying has had, not only on the victims, but also on the people who love them. On April 9, 2014, we will all have the opportunity to wear pink and let these young people know that they are not alone, and show that we care.
I believe people in our community are compassionate and generous. If we work together, we can create a culture of love and acceptance, in which bullying is not tolerated.”
Gerry Byrne, MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte
Bullying is not funny and it’s just not cool. In the classroom, on the street, or over the internet, it hurts everyone. I’m supporting Jer’s Vision International Day of Pink 2014 because I believe in our youth and their phenomenal power to “be” the change we need to eliminate bullying from our society.
Gerry Rodgers, MHA of St.Johns Centre
“This is a real victory for advocates of trans rights, “said Rogers. “I’m so happy that all the hard work is paying off and that trans people will now be protected by our Human Rights Act.”
Rogers has been a tireless advocate for the inclusion of gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination since being elected to the House of Assembly in 2011.
“Until today government was adamant that these amendments were not needed,” said Rogers. “I too was adamant that they were needed and I’ve spoken about this numerous times in the House of Assembly; asking questions, making statements and presenting petitions from the people of the province.
“I’m thrilled that government has finally accepted the evidence and arguments presented to them. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance and this year in Newfoundland and Labrador we will have reason to celebrate the tireless work of transgender advocates.”
Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville
“As the Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville it gives me great pleasure to lend my support to the Day of Pink. Bullying and discrimination can and do have tragic consequences for all youths and their families in our communities. It is important that our young people learn that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and that they understand the potential consequences of bullying.
I believe that we should be teaching our youth about positive messaging and I believe Day of Pink supports this.”
Gord Mackintosh, MLA for St. Johns
Education is so important to the well-being of every individual and to society as a whole. A safe and inclusive learning environment, where all students are treated with equality and respect, results in a more successful educational experience for all. I fully support the International Day of Pink campaign.
Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Gigby
Day of Pink is key for students to learn about the importance of inclusion, identity and acceptance. Young people across the country who take part in this day are gaining awareness and becoming more informed and accepting citizens. We should all take a moment to thank schools who participate in this day and be sure to wear pink on April 8, 2015.
Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell
I am proud to support the International Day of Pink and all related efforts to end homophobic, transphobic and all other forms of bullying. We must continue to strive to ensure that our schools and our communities are safe and accepting. Thank you for your dedication to this cause.
Greg Dewar, MLA for Selkirk
We all have the right to feel safe in our schools, workplaces and neighbourhoods. That’s why I’m proud to take a stand against the bullying and discrimination of the LGBTTQ* community. On April 8th—and every day—I urge all of us to make sure everyone feels welcome and has a safe space in our community.
Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba
All Manitobans deserve to feel safe in school, among friends, and in their communities. The Day of Pink gives us the perfect opportunity to stand up for what is right—the freedom to be ourselves, and the responsibility to respect one another.
Gwen O’Mahony, MLA of British Columbia
“I’m wearing pink in support of a brave movement to end bullying. When I see how many others are participating it’s clear that the desire to end hatred is winning.”
Harold Albrecht, MP for Kitchener-Contestoga
Bullying in any form and for whatever reason must never be condoned. It is a serious social issue that will require all of us – families, parents, students, educators and government to each do our part to stop it.
Hedy Fry,MP, Liberal Health Critic
“I am proud to support Day of Pink and JersVision for its anti-bullying and anti-discrimination campaigns and providing support to youth across Canada. I have been a proud supporter of JersVision since the beginning and I have seen how this organization has given hope and support to thousands of young people. I am proud to have fought for the rights of LGBTTQ Canadians and to have achieved real results from amending the Human Rights Act to passing Equal Marriage legislation. Together we can make a difference.”
For those who are for whatever reason still dragging behind, it is time to evolve on all issues pertaining to gender diversity and equality. Just do it.
Her Honour the Honourable Vaugh Solomon Schofield, LG of Saskatchewan
Hon. Don Morgan, Minister of Education (Saskatchewan)
The International Day of Pink is a day that encourages us to unite and stand together against bullying, discrimination and violence. This day allows us to celebrate the things that make us unique and to acknowledge our differences without fear of harm or hurt.
In Saskatchewan, our youth are leading the province in speaking out against bullying and coming up with solutions to ensure that all people feel safe and supported in their schools and communities. I want to thank Jer’s Vision for their great work promoting the International Day of Pink and encourage others to join in this important cause.
Hon. Doug Graham, Minister of Education (Yukon)
The annual Day of Pink is a commitment to open mindedness, understanding differences and respect for one another. The people of Yukon in Canada’s far northwest support the ideals of Jer’s Vision and the Day of Pink movement. This day is a reminder that the elimination of bullying behaviours, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination is a goal that is within our reach.
Hon. Harinder S. Takhar, MPP Mississauga-Erindale, Minister of Government Services
“Bullying is a serious concern which affects our communities. When we stand in solidarity against bullying, children and future generations will understand the importance of fostering an inclusive environment. We learn from our differences and should embrace them to become a stronger Canada. I am proud that Day of Pink, which is represented by our future generation, is the face of change in this important matter.”
Hon. Mitzie Hunter,MPP & associate minister of finance
“Here in Ontario, we pride ourselves on the fair society we have built together. It is incredibly important for young Ontarians to be able to grow up in an environment that is accepting and inclusive, and thereby reach their full potential. The Day of Pink brings awareness to bullying and discrimination and reflects our strength as a province, which comes from the diverse and vibrant people and communities who call Ontario home. ”
Hon. Susan Sullivan, Minister of Education & Early Childhood Development, NLFD
On the Day of Pink I will proudly wear pink as a symbol of my support to stand against bullying, harassment, intimidation and disrespectful behaviour. As Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I support any and all initiatives that encourage and promote safe, caring, respectful environments in our schools. Uniting together, we can create one voice to take action and end bullying and discriminatory behaviour, particularly related to homophobia and transphobia.
Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister
As an Ambassador for International Day of Pink, I encourage everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and throughout the world to embrace and celebrate the diversity of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. LGBT individuals should be respected and accepted in all sectors of our society – in schools, workplaces, at home, and in our communities, as we all have the right to a safe life, free from fear and harm. By continuing to reach out to one another to raise awareness that violence and abuse are unacceptable, we can help break the cycle of violence. For this reason, I will be wearing pink and I hope you will be too.
Honourable Christine Melnick, MLA for Riel
Bullying is harmfull, especially for LGBT kids. It can leave life-long emotional scars. We all have a role to play in reducing bullying and homophobia. Working together, we can give each child the chance they deserve to grow into emotionally healthy adults. Let’s take the message of International Day of Pink and live it every day of the year – for the sake of all of our children.
The International Day of Pink exemplifies how today’s young people are concerned and engaged with the world around them. The celebration of diversity has proved to be a powerful message that has united youth across the globe. It has shown that mutual respect, acceptance and understanding is the way to make the world a better place for the future.
Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI
If you want to stop, you first must start. We all want to stop discrimination in all its forms for all victims; therefore we must start, as two high school students did, as others have done, to speak up, intervene, re-think our individual supportive engagement with all members of our communities. Stop being a member of the audience and start being a Day of Pink actor to end bullying, homophobia and transphobia. All the world really should be a stage.
Honourable J. Alan McIsaac
We know that bullying isn’t just a school issue. Families, communities, students, teachers and government all need to be involved in solutions.
Day of Pink is a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
We should celebrate diversity in our schools, communities, organizations and workplaces every single day.
Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education (Alberta)
All our kids deserve to feel safe when they are at school, and welcomed for who they are. Campaigns like the Day of Pink remind us that we all have a role in putting an end to bullying.
I will be happy to show my support by wearing pink on the International Day of Pink. I am especially proud to join the many young people in schools and communities across Alberta who will be showing their support by holding Pink Shirt Days to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. Bullying in any form, anywhere, is unacceptable. Together, we can help promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying!
Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education
I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to raise my voice today with those around the world rallying to end bullying and discrimination in all its forms.
Ida Chong, MLA of British Columbia
“I participate in the International Day of Pink because I believe in making our community a welcoming and supportive place free from bullying and bigotry, and I encourage others to do the same. Let’s make discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia history!”
Irene Mathyssen, MP for London–Fanshawe
I am happy to support the International Day of Pink to raise awareness and work towards creating a world in which our magnificent diversity is celebrated and embraced, where each of us is free to be ourselves without fear of homophobia or bullying.
J.J Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
“Mrs. Grant and I are proud to support the International Day of Pink because we know that collective expressions of support for diversity can have a profound impact on individuals, families and entire communities. Together, we can foster an environment in which everyone is valued for who they are.”
Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education (NWT)
In the Northwest Territories, we are working to eliminate bullying in all forms. Through our legislation, work on Safe and Caring Schools and a Territorial School Code of Conduct, and our awareness efforts, we are realizing some great progress towards our goal. Most especially, students across the Northwest Territories are standing up to stop bullying through rallies, songs, groups, discussions and lots of pink – we are seeing a groundswell of positive activity and behaviours. This generation of students are changing the game for the better, and with organizations like Jer’s Vision leading this charge, I believe we can all eliminate bullying.
James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry- Riverview
In the last year I have met many students who are working for the elimination of bullying, homophobia and transphobia. I’ve been truly impressed with their commitment to youth diversity. It’s reassuring to know that these wonderful people are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations to all of you!
James Bezan, MP for Selkirk–Interlake
As a Member of Parliament, but first and foremost as a parent, I would like to offer my steadfast endorsement for the International Day of Pink. In recent years, we have seen the horrific results that bullying can cause. Awareness campaigns such as the International Day of Pink bring to light the trauma many children are facing due to cyber bullying, and I am proud to offer my support.
On the International Day of Pink, I will proudly be wearing pink to bring to light the pain and suffering bullying can cause. If all of us do our part in raising awareness, we will come that much closer to eradicating bullying.
Like many parents, I have witnessed the bullying of my own children in school. With the rise of social media, that bullying has been taken to a new level of cyber bullying. With social media, technology removes the human filters of sight and sound, senses that invoke compassion and empathy. Without the ability of an individual to see and hear how their words and actions are impacting someone, there is no trigger to activate their feelings and to cease their assault. The unfortunate result is an endless barrage of insults and taunts sent over cyberspace, often with the whole world watching, and increasingly with tragic endings. We have seen this dreadfully played out far too many times in communities across Canada.
I am always saddened and angered whenever I witness bullying. Unfortunately, bullying has expanded beyond the playground and our schools. Too many people are tormented by their attackers in cyberspace today making it impossible to escape the assaults and insults. Bullying can only be stopped if we all stand together as equals, celebrate our differences, and stop this violence once and for all.
James S. Cowan, Senator for Nova Scotia
I am honoured to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink. This Day is proof that bullying can be stopped, if only we act together.
This is a battle we can win – if we rise and say with one voice that bullying and discrimination are not tolerated in Canada.
I will proudly wear pink on the Day of Pink. Each of us needs to commit to speaking out and standing up against bullying, whenever and wherever it takes place.
Jamie Baillie, Leader of Progressive Conservative Party
“As Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, I am proud to support the fight against bullying and discrimination. The International Day of Pink is an opportunity for us to stand together as proud ambassadors in our commitment to treat each other with respect and dignity. The PC team is proud to wear pink to recognize these efforts. It is a small, yet powerful gesture in our on-going efforts to combatting bullying and discrimination in our schools and communities.”
Jane Shin, MLA for Burnaby Lougheed
I am proud to wear pink to show that we are all working together to eliminate bullying, homophobia and transphobia in schools and youth communities across Canada. Let’s encourage everyone to wear pink to symbolize that we as a society decide to take a stand against bullying and other forms of discrimination.
As a Day of Pink Ambassador, I invite everyone to support Jer’s Vision and celebrate diversity.
-Jane Shin, MLA for Burnaby Lougheed
Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour
Day of Pink is the perfect opportunity to band together and declare that bullying and intolerance are not welcome in our schools or our society. Children deserve safe, welcoming learning environments, free from fear or threats. On April 8, wear pink proudly and know that together we can end bullying, empower youth and encourage everyone to stand up for diversity and respect.
Janis G. Johnson, Senator
I am proud to support the International Day of Pink as far too many of our young people have been, and continue to be, the victims of bullying borne out of ignorance. Just as we must all be respected for our differences in adulthood, so should our most vulnerable youth be protected from those who would violate their dignity. Thank you to Jer’s Vision for leading the way in this cause and for demanding the protection of our most vulnerable.
Jasbir Sandhu, MP for Surrey North
As Member of Parliament for Surrey North, I believe in the value of raising awareness and speaking out against all forms of bullying. As a father, I want my children to be able to attend school in an environment where diversity is cherished, not chastised. I will proudly be wearing pink on April 9, 2014, and I hope you will join me in raising awareness by wearing pink too.
Jason Luan, MLA of Calgary-Hawkwood
“I am a proud Albertan and supporter of the International Day of Pink. I strongly endorse the wearing of pink on this day as a reminder that all Canadians are deserving of equal rights and fair treatment. No Canadian should suffer bullying or discrimination of any kind.”
Jennifer Howard, MLA for Fort Rouge
Bullies win when those of us who believe in equality for everyone stay silent. If people of all sexual orientations stand together against homophobia, we win.
We can all end bullying if we refuse to be a bystander. Speak up, stand up, tell someone – together we can create a world where everyone is welcome and celebrated for who they are.
Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood
Young people working to end bullying and discrimination in our schools and youth communities is a cause worth celebrating and supporting, and I’ll be thinking pink and wearing pink as a personal expression of solidarity with those hurt by bullying. On International Day of Pink, let’s all get together and celebrate our diversity.
Jim Mcdonell, MPP
“Bullying can happen in many forms, but is always harmful to its victims and to our communities. As legislators, we must ensure every effort is made towards preventing bullying and all Ontarians are provided the tools, knowledge, confidence and support to identify and stand up to it. I am proud to support the International Day of Pink and encourage all Ontarians to make every effort every day to stop bullying in our society.”
Jim Rondeau, MLA for Assiniboia
I would like to express my support for the activities that are being organized for the International Day of Pink. As the first openly gay member of the Manitoba Legislature I have encouraged full legal equality for gay and lesbian couples. I strongly supported same-sex marriage and supported legislation ensuring full equality for all common-law relationships. I chaired the public hearings expanding these rights within Manitoba in 2004. Manitoba has also legislated that any student can ask for a gay-straight alliance to be established in order to work for a safe, caring and inclusive school environment for all students.
It is very gratifying to see young people taking such a dynamic stand in support of the rights of everyone to live with respect and dignity. People around the world admire Canadian society for our collective ability to live together, recognizing our shared values and respecting our differences.
I hope the International Day of Pink helps to enlighten everyone about the importance of respect and freedom for all citizens, no matter where they live or who they love.
Joan Fraser, Senator
“I would like to congratulate Jer’s vision for its work to eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination in our schools and our communities. The Day of Pink represents universal unity for a wonderful cause and I invite every Canadian to participate.”
Joe Anglin, MLA of Alberta
“Bullying has no place in our society!”
Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax–Pickering
Today I will be wearing pink with pride as a representative from my riding of Ajax-Pickering, Ontario to showcase solidarity in diversity. Ontario’s government has a strong mandate against bullying, and the sheer volume of participants nation-wide in today’s event is truly and unequivocally inspirational.
Joe Magliocca, Councillor, Calgary
Youth who learn they can get away with bullying and aggression typically continue to do so in adulthood.
Let’s stop the cycle here.
I’ll be wearing pink on April 8th in support of stopping the cycle and eliminating bullying and discrimination.
John Fraser, Ontario Member of Parliament
The Day of Pink is a great initiative that draws attention to the bullying and discrimination that our youth suffer every day. As members of our community, we have to stand together against bullying and promote a safe work and school environment so that we can all achieve our best.
I would like to congratulate Jer’s Vision for their work thus far, and to thank them for bringing light to this important issue.
John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
I am honoured to be an Ambassador for the Day of Pink. I firmly believe that every Ontario school should be a place where every child – regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation – feels welcome and respected. We must do what we can to ensure this is a reality and the involvement of youth is crucial to this goal.
John Lohr, MLA, Kings North Riding, Nova Scotia
“All my life I have been the biggest guy around. I am 6 foot 7 and
weigh 250 lbs. Not likely I would get bullied you might think. But
not true! In grade 8 I had a miserable year being bullied by a guy
one year older. Always said to myself I would beat him up some
day. But when that time came I didn’t have the heart to do it. Just
goes to show anyone can be bullied and you need to look into
your own heart to stop the cycle of violence.”
“Our communities function best when all of its members feel included and valued. Bullying and discrimination are toxic behaviors that undermine not only a young person’s health and wellbeing, but our civic spirit as well. As an International Day of Pink Ambassador, I join this movement in standing for inclusiveness, respect, and dignity for all people.”
John Nilson, MLA for Regina Lakeview
John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes
I am pleased to support and participate in the International Day of Pink, as I believe every person adult or child needs to feels safe, accepted and respected, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation.
Jonathan Denis, MLA Calgary-Acadia
“Each one of us can do our part to end bullying and discrimination. Start by making a difference in your community today!”
Joseph Day, Senator for New Brunswick
Canadians pride themselves as an open and tolerant nation, which is why homophobia and transphobia have no place in our country today. All individuals have a right to be who they are, and it is a personal point of pride that I live in a country where they can do this largely free of oppression, harassment, and hate. Sadly, homophobia and transphobia still exists, which is why I will join millions of other Canadians in confronting these fears by wearing pink on the Day of Pink. I hope you will join us.
I would like to take this opportunity to applaud Jer’s Vision for all of their hard work in promoting the International Day of Pink! Youth in Canada and all over the world will play a pivotal role in the elimination of bullying and discrimination. My community of Hampton, New Brunswick has been particularly conscious of the effects of bullying and has done a lot to bring this issue to the attention of the public. Hampton is the birthplace of John Peters Humphrey, who personally experienced bullying and went on to be the principal drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Author Anne Huestis Scott, with the support of the John Peters Humphrey Foundation, launched a book on the life of John Peters Humphrey last year entitled, “The Boy Who Was Bullied”.
Josh Colle, Toronto City Councillor
We are blessed to live in one of the most diverse cities on the planet. Embracing this diversity means putting a stop to discrimination and bullying. Raise awareness and show your commitment to diversity by wearing pink. Stand up. Wear pink. Stop Bullying.
Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament
“Bullying and discrimination in any form are hurtful, dangerous and unacceptable. The Day of Pink helps to spread that message in schools and communities everywhere and I am pleased to add my voice to the choir. It’s time to end the silent suffering and spread the word… it isn’t big to make others feel small”
Julia Munro, MPP
It is my honour to support the Day of Pink and to be a part of increasing awareness about the lasting effects of bullying. As a former educator, I’ve witnessed bullying first hand and understand the pain of victims. The Day of Pink has already proved to be a success and I applaud the continuing efforts to spread the important message that bullying should not be tolerated. Stand up and speak out for others!
Karen Casey,Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
“As Nova Scotians, it is important that every day we stand up against bullying and discrimination in all its forms to create a province that is safe and inclusive for everyone. On April 8th, wear pink and join the fight against bullying, discrimination and homophobia.”
Katherine Hobbs,Ottawa City Councillor
“I am looking forward to attending the Day of Pink Gala!
There is a need to ensure that as a society we are not paying lip service to inclusiveness. It is important to remember that everyone matters.”
Kathy Corrigan, MLA of Burnaby-Deer Lake
I will proudly wear pink & stand as a Day of Pink Ambassador.
I have proudly participated in the Day of Pink along with my colleagues in the BC New Democrat Official Opposition Caucus every year since I was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 2009. On April 9, 2014 my colleagues and I will once again wear pink and stand in solidarity with all who work to end bullying and discrimination in schools and youth communities.
I am proud to be an elected representative in Burnaby where my former colleagues on the Burnaby Board of Education had the courage to pass the Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity policy 5.45 on June 14, 2011 despite an extremely vocal campaign opposing the policy. As then Board chair Larry Hayes said at the time: “In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need laws, regulations and policies such as policy 5.45. Unfortunately, we’re still working towards this perfection. Until then, providing our district with the extra tools that will help build a safer and more caring environment is the least we can do.
Keith Colwell, MLA for Eastern Shore
Probably every single person has experienced bullying in one way or another throughout their lives.
When we talk about bullying it can happen to anyone at anytime. This is not acceptable. It is important that if you have been bullied to come forward to ensure that this no longer happens to yourself or any other person.
I would ask everyone to wear pink on this day. As we look back over our lives we can all remember at some point in life being bullied by an individual or a group of people who had no respect for themselves or anyone they came into contact with. Please be a part of the movement against bullying.
Keith Egli, Ottawa City Councillor
I am honoured to be a Day of Pink Ambassador and encourage everyone to do their part to stop discrimination and bullying in our schools and communities. By celebrating our diversities and practicing acceptance and respect, together we can create a positive difference.
Kent Hehr, MLA for Calgary-Buffalo
“Bullying is becoming an increasingly serious issue in our society. Everyday challenges for many are exacerbated by the needless, hurtful, and callous words of others and this trend can leave individuals alone and helpless. Thanks to the International day of Pink we have another tool which we can use to stand united as a community and provide support, comfort and solidarity, for those in need and rally against bullying.”
Kerri Ivrin-Ross, MLA for Richmond
On the Day of Pink, and every other day of the year, we must continue working together to create a world where we celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and respect each other.
Kerry Diotte, Councillor
“Bullying has affected me and many friends and family close to my heart. We must continue working together as a community to eliminate bullying and all forms of discrimination. I strongly support International Day of Pink.”
Kerry-Lynne Findlay, MP for Delta-Richmond East
The International Day of Pink is an opportunity to think – think about the consequences of our actions, show we care about each other, and respect our differences.
Kevin Chief, MLA for Point Douglas
Let’s not just tell students—let’s show students we embrace each other’s uniqueness and diversity by wearing pink on April 8! I am truly inspired by young people across the country taking a stand against bullying!
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
It is everyone’s responsibility to stand up to bullying and ensure those who are bullied have the support and resources they need to resist and overcome bullying. Schools, workplaces, locker rooms – indeed, all places – need to be accepting spaces where all people can fulfill their potential without fear. There is no room for bullying in our society, and that’s why I’m support International Day of Pink by wearing pink on April 8.
I am a proud supporter of the International Day of Pink. Diversity and Inclusion are values close to my heart, and the hearts of many Canadians. We believe in building a country that includes all of us, together. We are proud, and fortunate, to live in a country that protects us all equally under the law, but bullying and discrimination still happen. I will be wearing pink on April 8th, 2015, and I would ask you to do the same. But wearing pink doesn’t stop bullying – that’s up to you. On April 8th, I’m not just asking you to wear pink, I am also asking you to help raise awareness and educate about bullying and discrimination. If we want to build a Canada based on inclusion and diversity, we need to do it together.
Laurie Blakeman, MLA
It’s about treating all people with respect and dignity, and allowing people to participate in society without having to struggle with artificial barriers.
No one should be alienated for showing their colour in humanity’s broad spectrum.
Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre
I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink, as a reminder of our collective responsibility for protecting the rights and dignity of all and eliminating bullying from society. We’ve got to be in this together.
Leanne Rowat, MLA for Riding Mountain
“Day of Pink: April 8, 2015
Everyone deserves to be accepted and celebrated for the person that they are. With increased education and awareness about Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia, we are able to build a more inclusive society. Events like the Day of Pink helps to bring us closer to that goal. It’s time to take action against bullying and discrimination in our schools and communities so everyone feels safe and accepted.”
Leigh Bursey, Brockville City Councillor
“I am wearing pink to show my support for the Day of Pink because you should never feel ashamed of who you are. Who you are is beautiful, and it’s just who you’re supposed to be.ʺ
Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
I live in Truro, Nova Scotia right beside the Bay of Fundy. I am also an MLA – Member of the Legislative Assembly – and I am honoured to participate as an ambassador for this year’s International Day of Pink, 2013, which originated right here in Nova Scotia in 2007 when a couple of students turned the tide against bullies who harassed a fellow student for wearing pink his first day of school. The two boys immediately went out and bought 50 pink shirts for other students to wear, creating what they called at the time a “sea of pink” in order to send a powerful visual anti-bullying message as well as to show compassion and solidarity with their fellow student. The results were extraordinary and the rest is history: that sea of pink quickly spread to schools right across Nova Scotia and, not to be contained, it overflowed our borders to become an international tidal wave of compassion which continues to grow. Being both a woman and a female-Parliamentarian I too have experienced discrimination and intimidation. That’s why I encourage each and every one of you to join our cause in order to stem the tide of discrimination in all its many forms. Stand up for your friends. Stand up for yourself. There is strength in numbers. So wear pink on April 20th. In fact, in your heart think of every day as a Day of Pink. And in solidarity, we will prevail against discrimination, hatred and ignorance. Spread the word: just like the powerful Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, the tide is turning.
Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville-Wainwright
“As Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, I am pleased to extend my support to the International Day of Pink, 2014.
Bullying can take many forms, and affects many people. Whether it is verbal, physical, relational or through the use of technology, bullying has a lasting impact that affects a victim’s well-being well beyond childhood and adolescent years. For the bully, behaviour left unchecked has the potential to severely impact adulthood, and can lead to a criminal record.
That is why it is important to take steps, right away, to eliminate the occurrence of bullying in Canada’s communities. Recent events have made us all too aware of the great toll that these acts can take on our children. Through resources like Facebook and GetCyberSafe.gc.ca, our Conservative Government has provided information to more than 500,000 Canadians. By highlighting NeedHelpNow.ca, kids can not only get help removing damaging pictures and videos from the internet, but they can also get help dealing with bullies. Through our Government’s support for the Canadian Red Cross and the continuation of its Stand Up to Bullying and Discrimination in Canadian Communities project, more than 50,000 youth across Canada will have an active role in the prevention of bullying. These are just the first steps to creating a national awareness, and we are committed to doing more.
I look forward to participating in 2014’s International Day of Pink, and would like to encourage others across Canada to do the same. As a country united against bullying in all its forms, we will ensure safer communities for generations to come.”
Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East
I do everything I can to speak out against bullying and discrimination. I want to make our communities places of support, openness, and hope.
I love the International Day of Pink because millions of people from far and wide come together to celebrate diversity and stand up to end bullying and harassment. Let’s celebrate who we are and be proud! Let’s support those who are vulnerable and at risk. Let’s speak out and stand in solidarity for human rights and dignity and respect for all people.
Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethel
“Bullying and discrimination are destructive acts that compromise the mental well-being and safety of individuals and society as a whole. When we speak out and support those living with prejudice and intimidation we send a clear message that bullying will not be tolerated in this great nation that has long prided itself on being a peacekeeper and a kind, caring citizen of the world. Thank you to Jer’s Vision and to everyone who wears pink on April 8.”
Linda Larson, MLA of British Columbia
“As a Mother and a Grandmother I am very aware of the many pressures facing the young adults of today. Support of their peers is crucial to getting through the difficult teen years and my wish is that everyone feels included and understood as they move into adulthood.”
Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East
“Let us all come together to recognize The
Day of Pink to help ensure every child feels safe, accepted and
Lisa Dempster, MHA, District of Cartwright- L’Anse au Clair
“Day of Pink is a time to stand together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our
communities and online. It’s critical that we bring awareness to these important issues
that can have long term effects on kids and their self-esteem. I wear my pink shirt with
pride to show my support for standing up against bullying and discrimination.”
Lisa Gretzky, MPP
“As a former school board trustee and now MPP for Windsor West, I fully support campaigns to raise awareness and take action on bullying and discrimination across Canada. We must remember that bullying and discrimination can manifest in many ways in our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and on social media. I commend Jer’s Vision for advocating for Canada’s youth by taking action on these issues.” Lisa Gretzky, MPP Windsor West.
Liz Sandals, Ontario’s Minister Of Education
“Each year, I have the privilege of celebrating the International Day of Pink as we stand together with one voice that says we will not tolerate bullying, discrimination or hatred in our society. In Ontario schools, we have taken preventative measures against bullying because we believe that every child should have a safe, inclusive and accepting school where they can reach their full potential. On April 9, 2014, let’s continue to celebrate the International Day of Pink as we put an end to bullying.”
Lorraine Michael, MHA for Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi
I am delighted to accept the invitation to become an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink!
On this one day of the year, pink is a colour that looks great on everyone. The anti-bullying message it sends is a strong one, and it gets stronger with every person that chooses to wear pink in support.
On The Day of Pink this year, my caucus and I will wear pink to support the message that is loud and clear in our schools: Bullying will not be tolerated, and together we can work to stop it.”
Lou Rinaldi, MPP
“There is no place for bullying and discrimination in schools or the
workplace or anyplace for that matter. The Day of Pink serves to be a reminder that a world
free from harassment in all its despicable forms is a world we can all be proud of. Being
different or unique should be something we celebrate not vilify. Society is a far better place
when it is made up of as much diversity as possible. It is in our uniqueness as individuals we find
our humanity not in our conformity”.
Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West
Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West
“There is no place for bullying and discrimination in schools or the workplace or anyplace for that matter. The Day of Pink serves to be a reminder that a world free from harassment in all its despicable forms is a world we can all be proud of. Being different or unique should be something we celebrate not vilify. Society is a far better place
when it is made up of as much diversity as possible. It is in our uniqueness as individuals we find our humanity not in our conformity”.
Madeleine Meilleur,Ontario Member of Parliament
“The International Day of Pink is a celebration of young people who are working to end bullying and discrimination in our communities. One of the first bills our government introduced after being re-elected in 2011 was the Accepting Schools Act. It was important for us to make it a priority. The Act is a public acknowledgement that students have the right to be who they are without fear of bullying. It was an important step for the Province to take, but, as the Day of Pink reminds us, there is more we can do. As individuals and as a community, we must continue to build positive environments so we can prevent inappropriate behaviour, such as bullying, sexual assault, gender-based violence and incidents of homophobia and transphobia. I am grateful to all those involved in Day of Pink for reminding us of how far we’ve come and for inspiring us to keep working to create a better province.”-Madeleine Meilleur, MPP Ottawa-Vanier, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
Marc Garneau, MP for Westmount–Ville Marie
I am wearing pink to show my support for the Day of Pink and for educating youth on bullying and discrimination.
Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans
Most of us know someone who has faced bullying or discrimination at some point or another, if not experienced it ourselves. This kind of behavior has no place in our communities, and we must commit to being open minded, accepting differences and treating others with respect.
I would like to congratulate the team and volunteers of Jer’s Vision, now the new Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, for their advocacy every single day and all those involved with the 10th annual Day of Pink gala for celebrating the community’s successes.
Mario Sergio, MPP for York-West
Your commitment to our youth by challenging and bringing awareness to the underbelly of stereotyping is applauded. I sincerely thank Jer’s Vision for promoting diversity over discrimination in all our communities.
Mary Anne Jablonski, MLA of Alberta
“Pink has now become my favorite colour because of what it stands for! On April 10, 2013, the International Day of Pink, it stands for Youth working together to stop bullying and to make life better for our friends and neighbours. Youth are the key to the future and change that will make life better for everyone around the world!”
Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa City Councillor
“Promoting acceptance and fighting against intolerance is everyone’s responsibility. Ottawa is a progressive city, but also has a responsibility to ensure that people feel comfortable and accepted in their own skin. Please join me in wearing pink on April 10th, and let’s make sure together that youth everywhere feel free to be themselves without fear of discrimination.”
Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concodria
Collectively, we all have a responsibility to stand up for equal rights – be proud and wear pink!
Matthew Kellway, MP for Beaches–East York
On the Day of Pink I’ll be wearing pink – along with you. Standing up against bullying and oppression takes courage so let’s do it together. I want to support your efforts to change attitudes and behaviours relating to sexual orientation so that our schools are safe places for everyone, and where students are supported and can feel free to express themselves.
Mauril Belanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier
Respect for one another is a key ingredient to greater social cohesion.
Melanie Wight, MLA for Burrows
Human beings are all so diverse, and everyone deserves respect! I’m so proud to be part of a government that brought forward Bill 18. This anti-bullying legislation is about creating a safe and inclusive environment for all. When our youth feel safe and respected, their potential to learn and achieve is unlimited!
Meri Merja-Terttu Macleod, Human Rights Education Advisor
“Jer’s Vision is a leading-edge renaissance organization with guts & courage, compassion & empathy. All people who challenge and educate people about homophobia & transphobia in schools and community have my deepest respect.”
Michael Fougere, Mayor
To put an end to bullying and discrimination once and for all, we need serious collective action. Movements like the Day of Pink are critical to fostering dialogue and changing attitudes. We can all support parents in nurturing respect and empathy in children. And as adults, we must model those values for our colleagues and neighbours. I’ll be wearing pink proudly on April 9th with the rest of the planet and hope you will, too!
Michael Gravelle, MPP
“Like millions of people around the world, I’m proud to take a stand against bullying and support the ‘International Day of Pink 2015’. Premier Wynne and all members of our government have consistently and strongly denounced bullying in all its forms and we will continue to do exactly that, as we work to build a more inclusive, accepting and open society for all of those that we love and cherish.” – Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
Michael Janz , Alberta School Board Trustee
“It is important that all of our schools are welcoming to all students– safe and caring learning environments and spaces where we can celebrate our individuality free from fear. The Day of Pink is but one opportunity for us to stand united in support of welcoming schools. As a Trustee and public education advocate, I support this initiative and encourage you to show your support– wear pink April 8th” – Michael Janz @michaeljanz Vice President Alberta School Boards Association, Vice-Chair Edmonton Public School Board.
Mike Allen, MP
“I am honoured to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink. I support all efforts to end bullying and discrimination in schools and youth communities. As an Ambassador, I fully support this day and encourage everyone to wear pink on April 10th to show their support.”
Each year all schools in the Vancouver School Board acknowledge & celebrate the Day of Pink. I am very proud of VSB initiatives to fight bullying. The VSB has a proud history of programs & initiatives to increase student safety and to create an inclusive learning environment for all. The VSB Social Responsibility & Diversity Unit supports initiatives such as: Gay Straight Allilance Clubs in all 18 high schools, anti-bullying programs- including cyber-bullying, workshops & in-service, partnerships with community organizations such as Out-In-School, PRIDE Advisory Committee, and the development & implementation of policies such as the recently revised Sexual Orientation & Gender Identities.
Let’s all work together to make all of our schools safe and inclusive learning environments for all.
Mike Nickel, City Counsillor
“All that is required for us to stop bullying is for a few good people to stand up and say NO MORE and that no one is alone”
Minister Robin Campbell, MLA for West Yellowhead
Bullying continues to be a problem among youth and it can have long term consequences. I support the International Day of Pink to bring awareness to this important issue and encourage everyone to participate in Anti-Bullying activities in their communities.
Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance
“Here in Ontario, we pride ourselves on the fair society we have built together. It is incredibly important for young Ontarians to be able to grow up in an environment that is accepting and inclusive, and thereby reach their full potential. The Day of Pink brings awareness to bullying and discrimination and reflects our strength as a province, which comes from the diverse and vibrant people and communities who call Ontario home. ”
MLA for Saskatoon Nutana
“Every student or youth in our communities deserve to feel safe from the damaging effects of
bullying. Day of Pink represents a stance of solidarity taken against bullying and discrimination
in our schools, playgrounds and communities. I am proud to support the Day of Pink initiative
and raise awareness for a cause that helps send a message that bullying will not be tolerated.”
Mobina Jaffer, Senator (British Columbia)
“The Day of Pink is an initiative that I am proud to support as it further reminds us of how we should act on a daily basis: respect one another, be kind, and stand up for others when support is needed. Being a bystander is not an option. We must all stand up against bullying.”
Moe Amery, MLA for Calgary–East
Sadly bullying can be found in any given school, city or country around the world, however no matter where it is, it’s not acceptable and must not be tolerated. Bullying can really affect children throughout their lives, so teaching our children at a young age to embrace and accept others is highly important. Programs like this one create awareness and bring to the forefront how we as a society collectively can fight and defeat this awful practice.
Mohinder Saran, MLA for The Maples
Pink symbolizes love and acceptance. On April 9th, 2014, in celebration of the International Day of Pink, it is my hope that it will be another day of transformation for youth to love, accept, build and encourage one another towards a successful life and a better community to live in. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12.
The Sikh holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji says that society should be inclusive, and that nobody should be forced to feel like an outsider. The Tenth Sikh Guru said, “There is only one race; that is, the human race.”
Monique Taylor MPP for Hamilton Mountain
Bullying has, sadly, been a part of the lives of too many children for far too long and the rise of social media has provided another avenue with the ability to spread it much further. The results for the victims are horrendous and sometimes catastrophic.
Thankfully, more and more are bravely speaking out to put an end to it.
Jer’s Vision plays a big part in that by shining a bright light on the battle against bullying, discrimination and homophobia. As youth standing shoulder to shoulder with your peers, your voice is strong and building every day.
I proudly add my name as a supporter of Day of Pink.
Mylene Freeman,NDP MP for the Federal riding of Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel
“I’m proud to wear pink to show my support of Jer’s Vision because I know how much bullying hurts. We need to do a lot more than support each other this one day: we need to stand up and say loud and clear that transphobia, homophobia, sexism, discrimination and all bullying need to be eliminated. Celebrate diversity. Fight ignorance. Stand up and wear pink. “
Nancy Allan, MLA for St. Vital
Every one of our NDP MLAs supported and helped pass Bill 18, Manitoba’s anti-bullying legislation, because it creates a safe and inclusive school environment for all students. Young people can’t reach their full potential if they feel threatened at school. Wear pink and stand up against bullying and cyberbullying.
Nancy Allen, MLA for St.Vital
“The International Day of Pink gives us an opportunity to celebrate the work students, teachers and parents do every day to make our schools safe and caring places, where all students can reach their full potential. I am proud to wear pink and stand in solidarity to send a clear message: bullying and harassment are unacceptable in the classroom, on the playground, on the school bus, on social media and in our community.”
Nancy Greene Raine, Senator
“As my parents often said to me ‘everyone should live by the Golden Rule – treat others as you wish to be treated yourself’. If everyone did this there would be no bullying. Unfortunately, not everyone follows this rule, so it is very important to report bullying as well. If you see bullying, I encourage you to take action and report it.”
Naomi Yamamoto, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale
Discrimination, homophobia, and bullying of any kind have no place in schools. Education is the most important tool we can provide to our children, and they have the right to learn in a safe, protected environment. Kudos to Jers Vision for helping us make classrooms across the country more tolerant, more accepting, and more inclusive
Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Respect, inclusion and acceptance are values that form the basis for fair and equitable treatment – treatment that every person deserves. By coming together and expressing unity, we are helping to create awareness and voice our view that bullying and discrimination cannot be tolerated. I encourage people to wear pink on April 8 and help bring awareness to this valuable initiative.”
Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill
I am happy to be participating in the Day of Pink, a day set aside to fight bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. In our schools and communities, in our country, we must work together for equality. We must all be part of the fight. Though we’ve come a long ways, there is still work to do. On April 8, 2015, I will be wearing pink — will you?
Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna–Lake Country
I was bullied… These experiences taught me some valuable lessons but quite frankly I would have prefered to learn them another more peaceful way and I hope in these times that no child has to grow up in an environment where bullying is tolerated.
Nycole Turmel, Official Opposition Whip
“My father taught me to always stand up for what is right. Taking a stand against homophobia, transphobia and all bullying is right.”
Olivia Chow, Former Member of Parliment
Canada is a diverse and inclusive country. But we need to do more for equality and the respect of human dignity – right at home, in our communities, our schools. Together, we need to put a stop to all forms of discrimination and bullying – especially trans- and homophobia. Through important events like the Day of Pink, we make it clear that we stand together in this crucial fight.
It is tremendously important that the International Day of Pink continues to grow both nationally and globally. It is important for all adults to understand and educate their children that bullying does not have to be a normal part of childhood. All forms of bullying are harmful to the bully, the victim, and to witnesses. Wearing pink on the International Day of Pink stands for a unified celebration of diversity. On the International Day of Pink I urge everyone to put on an item of pink clothing and to wear it with pride!
Pamela Gough, Trustee
I heartily support Jer’s Vision and the International Day of Pink.
As a Trustee in Canada’s largest school board, I urge you to join me on April 8, 2015 to take a stand against bullying and discrimination. On that day, we celebrate our diversity by wearing pink and can continue to show our support by pledging to fight against bullying and discrimination in the future.
Pat Bell, MLA of British Columbia
“As a government, it is our opportunity and and our responsibility to lead by example. With a new ERASE bullying strategy for schools, our government has taken the first step, but it’s up to every British Colombian to join in the fight. Together, we can silence the bullies within us and among us, and respect each other with kind words and consideration instead.”
Patricia Arab, MLA Fairview-Clayton Park
“The Day of Pink in support of anti-bullying is an amazing initiative. Let’s work together to promote positivity and the importance of human rights for all”.
Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre
We are allies in equality, respect and diversity. Let’s make EVERY day a Day of Pink!
Paul Lane ,MHA of the District of Mount
The Day of Pink is a very important day. It is a day that we all join together as family, as friends and as a community to take a stand against bullying. As individuals we are all different and each have a valuable contribution to make to society. So I encourage everyone to wear pink as a symbol of tolerance, harmony and as a celebration of diversity. Together, we can all make a difference. I am proud to join this initiative and wear pink to celebrate diversity in our communities. This initiative has shown how youth can make a positive change; let’s all follow their example in our own communities.
Pearl Calahasen,MLA for Lesser Slave Lake
“I am proud to support the Day of Pink because I believe that as citizens of the world we must offer respect, understanding, and compassion to all people. By celebrating diversity to end bullying we become stronger as individuals and as a society. By speaking out against bullying, we can make a difference in the lives of people who are being unfairly targeted, and need our help.”
Peggy Nash, MP
Peggy Sattler, MPP London-West
Percy Hatfield, MPP
“I saw a bumper sticker the other day which read “It takes a big man to walk a small dog” – maybe – but all men should feel comfortable wearing pink as a statement that we have zero tolerance for bullies, and won’t tolerate bullying of any kind in the diverse and inclusive society we live in today. I support the Day of Pink, always have, always will and encourage all men to do the same.”
Peter Braid, MP
“We all must do more to stop the physical, verbal, and cyber-bullying that can have devastating and
tragic consequences. Jer’s Vision and the Day of Pink campaign raises awareness of the issue, and inspires individuals, schools, community organizations and governments to work together to combat bullying and develop targeted and effective solutions.However, nothing will take the place of vigilance and a general attitude that bullying will not be tolerated. On April 8th, I’ll be wearing pink.”
Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) & Official Opposition House Leader
“I’ll be wearing pink on the Day of Pink, because, like all of us, I want to see an end to bullying & discrimination, homophobia & transphobia. Let’s build that future together!”
Peter Stoffer, MP of Sackville-Eastern Shore
“We must all strive to respect each other. Respect is the first step towards understanding where we come from, who we are, and how we are different from each other. Celebrate diversity and think pink!”
Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto–Danforth
Discrimination damages everyone. It’s time to throw off old ideas and prejudices and build a society where everyone can fully live who they are. That’s why I support the International Day of Pink.
I know that our vibrancy and strength as a society comes from embracing and celebrating all our diversity. I ask that you join with me and my colleagues at the Legislature of Ontario on the Day of Pink and Wear Pink; Think Pink; Celebrate Pink. Led by our youth, the International Day of Pink will build on the concrete anti-bullying efforts of over 8.7 million people last year. Commit to your community, neighbours, family and friends on this one day and help shape our future. I know that our vibrancy and strength, as a society comes from embracing and celebrating all our diversity.
Phil McNeely, Community Leader
Ralph Goodale, MP for Wascana
In April of 2012, we marked the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Canadian Rights and Freedoms. It was a great celebration of Canadian values. But as the years go by, we all need to work hard
to ensure those values – diversity, accommodation, inclusion, respect – are practiced in real life every day, and not just preached on special occasions. Every Canadian deserves to live free of bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in a safe and equitable society. The International Day of Pink each year is a reminder that the challenge is always on-going.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP for Scarborough–Rouge River
I’m supporting and participating in the International Day of Pink because I believe it is everyone’s duty to promote inclusiveness and equality. By doing so we are taking a stand against bullying and empowering individuals within the LGBTQ community. We, together as a collective, have chosen to say no to hate and yes to love.
Rich Coleman, MLA for Fort Langley–Aldergrove
Bullying cannot be tolerated in our schools, at our work places, or in any other circumstance. I am proud to do everything I can to support the International Day of Pink and I congratulate the organizers for their tireless dedication and hard work.
Rick Bartolucci, MPP
“I am proud of the Ontario government’s commitment to a safe and inclusive school environment. On April 9, 2014, I encourage everyone to take a stand and wear pink in solidarity against bullying.”
Rick Fraser, MLA of Alberta
“As a proud ambassador for International Day of Pink, I support the wearing of pink as a stand against bullying and discrimination.”
Tomorrow I will wear pink. Full disclosure, I don’t usually wear pink, I’m a black and white guy and even blue jeans are a stretch. That said I am happy to make the exception if it means stating loud and clear that bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in schools and communities across Canada must end.
We all know that bullying can be fatal. We’ve heard the tragic tales of kids like Jamie Hubley and Amanda Todd who ended their lives after being subjected to bullying at school. We hate to admit it but we know that there are more kids out there today who are suffering in silence.
The Day of Pink is an important solution to this problem not only because it helps to raise awareness but because of where the entire idea came from.
When students in Nova Scotia saw a younger student being harassed because he was wearing pink, they decided to do something. They took it upon themselves to buy every pink shirt in town and they did it on their own dime. The next day they handed these shirts out at school. Suddenly the bullies who were making this young man’s life miserable were surrounded by students in pink. They learned in no uncertain terms that the vast majority of kids were not going to accept their behavior. Message sent. To me, the kindness, courage, compassion and creativity exhibited by this gesture is what being Canadian is all about.
Those kids stood up for someone who wasn’t in a position to stand up for himself. They could not have any idea what they started. This past year 8.1 million kids around the world wore pink on the International Day of Pink to send the same message. The Day of Pink, like the zipper, is a Canadian success story. Someone should get these kids the Order of Canada.
Kudos to Jer’s Vision, an incredible organization of young people, for working so hard to make the Day of Pink and international success story. I’m proud to support them and I look to them for solutions. They are young, I am not, and they know what’s going on in Canadian schools. Thankfully I don’t. I will take their lead. They want me to wear pink? I’m in.
So please folks wear pink tomorrow, or at the very least, throw a red sock in your white laundry tonight.
They want me to wear pink? I’m in.
Rob Altemeyer, MLA for Wolseley
I will proudly wear pink on April 8th, 2015, in support of the International Day of Pink and the commendable campaign to end bullying. Human diversity, in all its beautiful forms, is to be celebrated, not feared.
Robert Hawkins, MLA for Yellowknife Center
“April 9, 2014 symbolizes a day for us to recognize those who have been affected by
bullying in many walks of life. Bullying takes place not only in schools, but in the work
place and our homes. I am very proud to follow in suit of the courageous youth who
began this cause 7 years ago and will be wearing pink loud and proud this coming April.
Let us all work together to put an end to the pain and suffering that is caused by
Rod Jackson, MPP for Barrie
Living in a world free of discrimination and bullying is a human right that I advocate for without exceptions. Helping support Day of Pink is an honour!
Rodney Weston, MP for Saint John
Bullying is not a new phenomenon but cyber bullying is relatively new and it has had severe consequences for several young adults in Canada and throughout the world. We need to stand up to this abuse. Whether in the schoolyard or on the internet, it is mean-spirited and potentially lethal and cannot be tolerated. It is an honour for me to participate in this campaign and I wish everyone success with this mission.”
Ron Kostyshyn, MLA of Swan River
We don’t have to be superheroes to make the world a better place. Standing up against bullying and discrimination in our daily lives is a fight that makes a big difference. Being allies to those who face discrimination means being compassionate and speaking up. I will be wearing pink on April 8th to show that I believe everyone has a right to live without being bullied.
I am proud to support the Day of Pink and am committed to eliminating bullying, to make life better for our communities and especially our youth.
Ronald Elliot, MLA in Nunavut
“Everyone deserves the rite to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. Once we move past our hasty judgements and unfounded misconceptions, we can meet one another for the first time. We are all one and have a place in this beautiful universe. I am honoured to support the International Day of Pink.”
Ross Eadie, City Councillor
We are all just human beings. Bullying people because they may have a wandering eye and look different, or bullying someone because they may have a different sexual preference is no different. Nobody should tolerate any violation of everyone’s right to be treated equally. Educating the public on why it is wrong is something I strongly support.
Rt Hon Michaëlle Jean
We will stop bullying, verbal abuse, violent intimidation, and knee-jerk hatred for differences, by creating and nurturing a culture of respect, a culture of nonviolence, a culture of curiosity for the other, a culture of amazement before what we do not yet understand. Break the silence, dare to speak out, and the whole edifice of intimidation comes crumbling down. The tool of violence becomes powerless. Who knew that persisting, as Jer did, in the face of adversity could ripple into a national and international movement? That’s the power of words, of words and action, together.
Ruth Ellen Brosseau, MP for Berthier–Maskinonge
Bullying can scar teenagers for life. I am sensitive to this serious problem and I think we need to find concrete and durable solutions to this issue. The International Day of Pink works to end bullying, discrimination and homophobia.
Ryan Leef, MP for Yukon
Differences are meant to be celebrated, not alienated, isolated or bullied. Let’s stand together on the Day of Pink to show that our collective individuality is what we all have in common
“Jer’s Vision has been a lifesaver for young people in the midst of all this, not only by supporting youth at risk, but also working with the youth around them to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying, and creating safer youth spaces.”
Salma Ataullahjan, Senator for Ontario
As someone who is passionate about issues affecting youth and as the sponsor of a study on cyberbullying in the Senate, I am proud to be an ambassador for the International Day of Pink. I believe that change begins with us. Something as simple as wearing pink could help change a person’s life.” “Bullying exists in all forms – from Canadian children facing cyberbullying 24 hours a day, to girls in Pakistan who are stopped from attending school. I am proud to wear pink on the Day of Pink to end bullying and discrimination around the world. Let us celebrate our differences and our diversity.
Sandra Jansen,MLA Alberta Government Caucus – Calgary-North West
“I salute the courage of everyone who takes a stand against bullying.”
Sandy Silver, MLA for Klondike
I am pleased to support the International Day of Pink 2014. I have proudly prarticipated in the Day of Pink as a member of the Yukon Liberal Caucus ever year since I was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 2011. On April 9, 2014, I will once again wear pink and stand in solidarity with all who work to end bullying and discrimination in schools and youth communities.
I would like to congradulate all the students and schools, businesses and communities that participate in the International Day of Pink for being part of the movement for positive change. International Day of Pink is an opportunity for us to show our support, and stand up for the hundreds of victims who have been bullied into silence, students and adults alike. Now is the time to commit to be part of the solution. Let us resolve, as a society, to promote tolerance and acceptance of each other and celebrate our diversity.
Sarah Hoffman, Board Chair, Edmonton School Board
Journée du rose
A la commission scolaire des écoles publiques d’Edmonton, nous reconnaissons qu’il est indispensable d’assurer le développement du sentiment d’empathie et de la compassion dès les premières étapes de la vie de nos élèves. En favorisant la sensibilisation à l’intimidation, la Journée internationale du rose nous rappelle l’importance d’épouser la diversité et de promouvoir le respect – non seulement en salle de classe, mais aussi dans la vie quotidienne.
Day of Pink
At Edmonton Public Schools, we know how vital it is to ensure our students develop a sense of empathy and compassion early on in their lives. By creating awareness around bullying, the International Day of Pink reminds us of the importance of embracing diversity and fostering respect—not only in the classroom, but also in our everyday lives.
Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown
Pierre Elliott Trudeau once said that, “Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them”. As we mark the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I commend the efforts of young people across this country, especially those involved in organizing the Day of Pink, for working towards making every Canadian feel at home in Canada regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, age or mental or physical disability. With many provincial legislatures across this country working on passing anti-bullying legislation, I call upon all members of the Canadian House of Commons to pledge their support to the growing number of young people in this country, and around the world, who are standing up against bullying. It is important that all politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, listen and work alongside these passionate and dedicated young Canadians. I will be wearing Pink to show my support for this great cause and I pledge my commitment to continue to work hard in the House of Commons, and in my constituency, towards protecting the basic rights and freedoms of all Canadians so that everyone can feel safe and at home in this great country.
I have been happy to take part in the Day of Pink since being elected, because I feel extremely passionate about putting an end to bullying. When I was elected, I made a pledge to refrain from heckling my colleagues in the House of Commons, and I continue to stand by that pledge. I believe we can all look at ourselves today and take a proactive approach to put an end to bullying. Notice the small things you do each and every day, and pay attention to the effect your actions have on the people around you. I cannot stress enough the importance of talking to children and youth about bullying. Our children should go to school each day prepared to excel in their studies, their activities, and their relationships – they shouldn’t have to worry about being picked on or harassed. We all have a responsibility to play in eradicating the threat of bullying in our schools and in our communities. Part of this responsibility includes acknowledging that there is a problem, and acting as positive role models in order to eliminate the threat that too many children face on a daily basis. This is why the Day of Pink has become an annual event that I look forward to participating in, and I want to thank all of the youth involved for being a role model for me in taking a stand against bullying.
Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings
I’m proud to take a stand and raise awareness about bullying and discrimination by joining youth across Canada in wearing pink on April 9, 2014. Unfortunately, too many young people still face bullying and harassment at school and in their communities due to unfair discrimination and stigma. It’s up to each of us to challenge bullying and discrimination, whether it be based on racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia, whenever we encounter it, not just one day a year, but every day. Let’s work towards a world where we can all celebrate our differences with pride.
Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park
I wear pink because I am a proud supporter of the LGBTTQ community, of gay-straight alliances in schools and of the diversity that exists in my own family. I support organizations like the Rainbow Resource Centre, which help the LGBTTQ community. As a public figure, I feel it’s important to make sure everyone is treated fairly and has a safe space in our communities.
Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Council
On April 10th I’ll be rocking the pink shirt. It’s a day to stand up and say we won’t be bystanders in a Homophobic or Transphobic world. Remember, the bystander is just as responsible as the bully.
Shelly Glover, MP for Saint Boniface, Winnipeg
I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of homophobic and transphobic bullying. That’s why I’m proud to support the International Day of Pink organizers as they work to raise awareness against bullying. I encourage others to WEAR PINK ‘CAUSE BULLIES STINK!
As a proud supporter for the International Day of Pink, I encourage everyone to wear pink to show we do not tolerate bullying. We must protect and preserve the rights of all people. As so eloquently stated in the old song; “All the World needs now is Love sweet love, it is the only thing there is far too little of”.
Sohail Quadri,MLA for Edmonton-Mill Woods
“I am participating because I believe in inclusiveness. No one should be singled out and made to feel bad because of their race, beliefs, culture, appearance or any other matter. Speaking as someone who cherishes his cultural background and is a proud Albertan, we should all cherish and celebrate the diversity that makes Alberta one of the best places to call home!”
Stan Struthers, MLA for Dauphin
As a former teacher, I know how important school is for young people. It’s a place where they get to grow their imagination, spend time with friends, and learn more about the world around them. Every student deserves to feel safe at school so they can reach their full potential.
Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
We need to celebrate the differences among us and ensure that every Canadian has the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, to feel comfortable and to be able to show us who they are.
If you are experiencing bullying, please know that there are people who want to help, who love you, who want to care for you and want to ensure that your future is as bright as we all know it can be.
Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre
Canada is built on the promise that the basic human rights of every human being will be recognized and protected. Unfortunately this principle is not accepted by everyone. Canadians can lead the way in showing how to confront differences, even passionate ones, with respectful and informed dialogue. We should all reject abusive landuage and conduct in our dialogues with others. It’s just wrong.
Steve Ashton, MLA of Manitoba
“Every human being deserves to be valued for who they are, just as they are. In Canada, and here in Manitoba, we are fortunate to live in a place where people of many cultures, backgrounds and experiences come together and live in relative harmony. On International Day of Pink, I encourage everyone to respect our fellow citizens, accept their differences and value our similarities. Everyone deserves to live their lives in peace and dignity.”
Steve Kent, Deputy Premier (Newfoundland and Labrador)
“I am proud to be an ambassador for the Day of Pink. I believe it is important to show
our youth that bullying cannot be tolerated. I want to raise awareness and to advocate
for the Day of Pink. I wear pink to show my support for anyone out there who is being
bullied or has been bullied. You are not alone. We need to empower each other to
stand up to bullies.”
Steve Kent,MHA of Mount Pearl North
“I am proud to serve as an Ambassador for the Day of Pink Campaign. It is important that we all come together and take a stand against bullying. There is strength in numbers, and I am confident that, together, we can put an end to all forms of violence.”
Steven Myers, Leader of the Official Opposition
“What makes you different is what makes you great. You may not see it right now – but you will. That I can promise.” – Steven Myers
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg
“Day of Pink is key for students to learn about the importance of inclusion, identity and acceptance. Young people across the country who take part in this day are gaining awareness and becoming more informed and accepting citizens. We should all take a moment to thank schools who participate in this day and be sure to wear pink on April 8, 2015.”
Tad Milmine, Bullying Ends Here
Creating awareness and spreading a positive message is always very important. This is exactly what the Day of Pink does. It inspires youth to stand up and make a change. It inspires youth to be someone’s hero by being their voice. Day of Pink starts conversations that last well into the year. Bullying Ends Here is proud to be apart of the Day of Pink and will continue to stand up against bullying.
Ted Hsu, MP
“On the International Day of Pink, people from across the country will join to challenge homophobia, transphobia and all forms of bullying.All people should feel safe and secure, welcomed and accepted. By showing support for diversity, all of us have a role in ensuring a sense of security in our schools, our workplaces and the broader community.Let all Canadians who seek to end bullying join together on this International Day of Pink.”
Ted Marcelino, MLA for Tyndall Park
The Day of Pink is important for everyone because bullying and discrimination doesn’t just take place in our schools. As adults we play a key role in ending discrimination, bullying, homophobia and transphobia. Teaching compassion, understanding and courage to young people is important, but we must also live by the lessons we teach. That’s why I will be wearing pink on April 8th.
Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
Building yourself up by putting somebody else down, either physically or emotionally, speaks volumes about a person. Be part of building people up – please do what YOU can to STOP the BULLYING.
Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London–Fanshawe
I am honoured to be an Ambassador for the International Day of Pink. The time to take a stand against bullying and discrimination, in all its forms, is now. Together, we can break the cycle of abuse and promote happy, healthy, and safe environments for our children in and out of the classroom. I am proud to be a part of the movement to eradicate bullying and I hope you will join us in this important campaign.
We all need to do our part to prevent bullying.
“By standing up against bullying, we can send a powerful message – bullying must stop,” said Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat. “As a community, we can make this happen together. Stopping bullying requires a culture change in our schools,homes and communities. Let’s work together to build a culture of kindness, caring and respect where no child has to wake up in the morning and go to school worrying about what will happen to them that day.”
The Harlem Globetrotters
As the Ambassadors of Goodwill, we love the meaning behind The Day of Pink,” said Harlem Globetrotters star Flight Time Lang. “Bullying Prevention is important to the Harlem Globetrotters year round – and something we talk to our youth about in over 400 schools a year with our ‘ABCs of Bullying Prevention’ program. When my teammate Bull Bullard and I are in Toronto on April 9 talking to kids, we’ll be sure to bring our pink wristbands along and support the great cause.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, LG of Ontario
Celebrating diversity enriches our lives and respecting our differences is central to what it means to be Canadian. In my Ontario, on this International Day of Pink, may we recommit to inclusiveness and eradication of bullying and discrimination in all its forms.
The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, LG of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Day of Pink is a wonderful example of the power of kindness and inclusion that exists in our great country and our society. Canada has been modeled through the idea that everyone should have a voice and can use that voice to celebrate everything that makes them unique or different. Just like our youth, we can sometimes forget that very important gift, and lose our way. It is my hope that people of all ages can use the Day of Pink as a reminder of everything that makes this country free and beautiful. Curing the epidemic of bullying in our youth comes through the example we set, and the diligence with which we educate. May the Day of Pink be a day of understanding, caring, and mutual support.
The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
I believe the three Rs of respect, relationships, and responsibility are particularly relevant on the Day of Pink, the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny. Present actions dictate future outcomes, and it is our responsibility to make respect a guiding principle in all our relationships, so that one day, “Jer’s Vision” will be a reality. Wear pink on April 8th to take a stand against discrimination and show your appreciation for diversity.
Theresa Oswald, MLA Seine River
Powerlessness and silence go together. Stand up for others. Stand up for yourself. Wear pink and be proud of who you are, and who we all can be, if we just have courage.
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of NDP
On this Day of Pink against discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in schools and communities, New Democrats will be wearing pink to stand in solidarity with gay, lesbian, transgender and transsexual youth, as well as victims of harassment and bullying.
Discrimination, in all its forms, has a disastrous impact on youth who are singled out for being different or for standing out, but also on communities as a whole.
Canada has been particularly shaken by recent suicides of youth in reaction to bullying. Such tragedies cannot be tolerated and, as a society, we must do everything in our power to prevent such tragedies from repeating themselves.
Fortunately, communities are becoming more and more aware of this issue, and bullying is less and less tolerated. This is mainly thanks to the efforts of young students who have and continue to lead the way in anti-bullying campaigns across the country and in speaking out against acts of violence towards their peers.
The New Democratic team is committed to taking on the issue of bullying within Parliament and in the communities, with an increased focus on education and awareness. We believe that we need to combat bullying by addressing the problem at its root. We welcome initiatives such as the Day of Pink and the work of the non-profit organization Jer’s Vision.
Today, I invite everyone to wear pink to show their support to all victims of discrimination. I also encourage people to get involved in making their community a safer place and in fighting acts of bullying, not just today but every day of the year. The change starts with each one of us.
Together, we can stop bullying!
Tim Houston, MLA for Pictou East
“I am a proud Ambassador of the International Day of Pink. Nobody should be afraid to go some where – school, work or whereever – because they are worried that they will be bullied. We can’t stand idly by. We must stop bullies in their tracks. By wearing pink on April 8th we are sending a message that there is no place for bullying in our society.”
Tom Nevakshonoff, MLA for The Interlake
I support the International Day of Pink as I believe everybody should enjoy the same rights we do as Canadians. Canada is a free and democratic society based on the Rule of Law. Our rights are enshrined in a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which should be a model to the entire world. Persecution of people in any form, for any perceived reason, should not be tolerated in any circumstance.The International Day of Pink is the very expression of this train of thought and therefore has my unequivocal support. I want to furthermore congratulate and thank the organizers and proponents of this movement for their courage and active involvement. Participation in a democracy is not just a right, it is also a responsibility. Each of us bears to see that we leave our society to our children in a better state than it was when we inherited it.
Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East
As the MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East and more importantly the mother of two teenagers, I am honoured to officially endorse and participate in the Day of Pink. Bullying and discrimination have no place in society. It is only when we work together that we can make our communities a better place to live. On the Day of Pink, I will be wearing pink to promote diversity and acceptance regardless of culture, disability, race or sexual orientation.
Vic Dhillon, MPP Brampton West
DayofPink is a day of action, calling to all to shun our prejudices and embrace equality for all. Our strength lies in diversity. We are a proud collections of different ancestries, languages and beliefs.Our rich heritage, strong family, social ties and successful businesses with hard working Ontarians have helped create the prosperous and dynamic society we enjoy today. I urge all people in Brampton to support DayofPink.. In a society like ours Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia have no place.
Vic Fedeli, MPP
I’m proud to support efforts through the International Day of Pink initiative to end bullying and discrimination. Our children deserve to be able to grow and learn in a culture free of fear or intimidation and one which embraces diversity.
Every child deserves to be able to grow up in a culture free of fear or intimidation and that celebrates diversity. That’s why I’m proud to continue to support the International Day of Pink and efforts to end bullying in our schools and in our communities.
Vicki Huntington, MLA for Delta- South
“I am honoured to join leaders across Canada in supporting the Day of Pink, which strives to foster a healthy, safe, and bullying-free environment within our schools and workplaces. Canada is a mosaic of many races, cultures, spiritual beliefs, genders and sexual orientations. We need to educate one another, learn to be tolerant of others and ensure that Canadians can continue to be proud and confident of the community in which they live.”
Wai Young, MP for Vancouver South
“Decades ago, as a young Chinese girl who had just come to Canada, I remember how frightening it was to be different and have students throw rocks at me and make racist taunts. That’s why Day of Pink is such an important initiative – to let youth know that regardless of gender, ethnicity, orientation, age, or ability – everyone deserves respect, and a safe school environment. I encourage everyone to get involved.”
Ward Sutherland, City Councillor
“Help to put an end to bullying and discrimination in all forms #DayofPink “
Warren McCall, MLA
Wendy Bisaro, MLA for Frame Lake
“NO ONE should be bullied. NWT Youth have led the way in drawing attention to the issue of bullying in our schools. And as adults, we must follow their examples and address bullying in the workplace, in politics and in sports. I am proud to support the continued work of Jer’s Vision, not only on April 10, 2014, the International Day of Pink, but on every day.”
Wes Sheridan, MLA for P.E.I
“We all have a basic need to be treated with respect, a fact that is forgotten by those who engage in bullying behaviors. I encourage everyone to join me in wearing pink on April 8 so we can send an unmistakable message that whether you’re in a classroom or a boardroom, it’s never OK to be a bully. “
Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre
Every child and youth has the right to feel safe, welcome and accepted at all times. Sadly, many kids continue to face homophobic, transphobic and bullying of all kinds while at school or in the community. Together, we can send a message that bullying in any form is unacceptable.
Yvon Godin, MP for Acadie–Bathurst
I commend the excellent work of Jer’s Vision to eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination in schools and among young people. For our part, the New Democrats continue to raise the issue of bullying at all levels to increase awareness and promote change. Canada can be a leader and change the course of things.
Yvonne Fritz, MLA for Calgary–Cross
Every young person at school and in their communities has the right to live their lives without being bullied. Let’s all work together to make that happen!