Port Coquitlam shines light on bullying for Pink Shirt Day
The city of Port Coquitlam is proclaiming Feb. 29 Stop Bullying Day and various activities will be co-ordinated around the municipality to shine a light on the issue of bullying.
This is the fifth year the city has taken part in the national anti-bullying campaign. Youth will gather at the Hyde Away Youth Centre between 7 and 9 a.m. for a pink-themed breakfast and educational, thought-provoking activities. The crowd will treated to a performance from slam poet and Terry Fox student Jacob Gebrewold and a local youth band called the Faceplants.
In the evening, a special youth dinner will be held at the Hyde Away at 6 p.m. and at Wilson Centre at 5:30 p.m. Both dinners will feature pink desserts. Youth can attend either dinner for $2.
Other PoCo anti-bullying activities include:
• Youth services staff are wearing pink shirts during February and will be joined by other city staff and council members on Feb. 29.
• Pink “stop bullying” bracelets are available for $1 at the Hyde Away and Offside youth centres, and from the cashier area at Hyde Creek rec centre and Port Coquitlam rec complex, with proceeds helping to fund bullying awareness programming.
• www.portcoquitlam.ca/stopbullying features information about the 2012 events as well as links to raise awareness and prevent bullying behaviour.
For more information about the Stop Bullying Day events, visit www.pocoyouth.ca or call youth services at 604-927-7981. Information and resources are also posted at www.portcoquitlam.ca/stopbullying.
Anti-bullying resources can also be found at www.pinkshirtday.ca.