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Pink Shirt Day 2013 - Bullying Stops Here

2013 PSD CroppedOur staff shows their support against bullying on Pink Shirt Day (February 27th). By providing mentoring services to at-risk youth, we're standing up to bullying at Big Brothers Big Sisters everyday.


February 27, 2013 - “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” - This statement couldn’t be more false, and modern society is completely aware of this reality.

Over and over again, statistics and real life tragedies remind us about the harmful effects of bullying. We all hate bullying and want to be part of the solution. Pink Shirt Day is a national initiative that allows everyone to be a part of the solution by wearing a symbolic message – the colour pink.

On February 27th, thousands of students, professionals, and citizens of all ages have a common goal - standing up and speaking out against bullying without a word at all. As a mentoring service provider for at-risk youth, BBBS of Hamilton and Burlington could not be more proud to be a part of this initiative. 

Pink Shirt Day was inspired by two senior students at a High School in Nova Scotia in 2007. After witnessing a male freshman being tormented by a group of senior peers for wearing a pink polo shirt, David Shepherd and Travis Price took action. They bought 50 pink t-shirts and encouraged their senior peers to wear them in protest, and to stand up for the tormented student. Fifty multiplied to a magnitude of support, as hundreds more showed up in pink. 

Years later, this act of bravery has turned into one of the most recognizable ways for Canadians (and people around the world) to make a statement about anti-bullying awareness.

The issue of bullying – in one way or another – has affected most of us. According to a new national survey commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters, 59 per cent of adults reported they were abused by bullies as a child or teenager and 45 per cent believe they suffered lasting harm. (For full survey findings, please click here.)

Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be part of the solution to bullying. As an agency, the various programs and services provided by our volunteer mentors are instrumental in reducing bullying and related negative behaviours (such as lack of interest in school; truancy; low self-esteem and drug and alcohol abuse).

We invite and encourage community members to be part of the solution to bullying. You can help make a positive impact by standing up and speaking out against bullying, intervening when you witness bullying, or mentoring to name a few. However you choose to be a part of the solution, we commend you and thank you.

For the complete Pink Shirt Day album, and to learn what our staff had to say about bullying, please click here.

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