VCC: Wear pink on Feb. 27 and make some noise against bullying

Wear pink on Feb. 27 and make some noise against bullying

VANCOUVER, B.C. --  It’s time to make some noise against bullying. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Vancouver Community College -- one of B.C.’s most diverse post-secondary institutions -- will participate in Pink Shirt Day, a growing awareness campaign designed to help eliminate bullying in schools, workplaces and online.

“We have wholeheartedly embraced Pink Shirt Day at VCC,” says Jan Weiten, department head, basic education studies. “Instructors have been working with students discussing, reading articles and writing about bullying and its impact in the community. And this year, we welcome students to our department at the Broadway campus to a create personalized message for our anti-bullying tree.”

Anyone who wears pink to campus on Feb. 27 can also go to their local VCC cafeteria before noon for a free small coffee, courtesy of VCC Food Services and Sodexo.

“All students, staff and faculty should be able to flourish in an atmosphere that supports tolerance and respect,” adds Kendal Regan, VCC human resources adviser.  Students who feel they are victims of bullying can contact the Students’ Union of Vancouver Community College (SUVCC) for advice and support or VCC’s arbiter of student issues.

Over the last year, the college has also made available to employees an online course to help participants learn when unwelcome or confrontational workplace situations cross the line and may qualify as harassment, discrimination or bullying. Employees can also access a free, confidential family assistance plan for counselling and support.

Pink Shirt Day was inspired by the efforts of two teenagers in Nova Scotia who rallied around a Grade 9 boy who was endlessly harassed in high school. To protest the bullies and support the victim, boys in the school wore pink t-shirts.

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