By Kayla Fraser
Feb. 26, 2014
Pink Shirt Day is a campaign for Islanders to wear pink shirts to school or workplaces to support anti-bullying and encourage fairness in the community, says Alan McIsaac.
The education minister said it’s great to see everyone get involved.
“People come together because they see the impact.”
It helps people see that a difference can be made, he said.
“I think it’s a terrific program”
He said it’s a good campaign to promote fairness, and it all started when two teenagers in Nova Scotia wore pink shirts to defend a student who was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt.
“It goes beyond the idea of wearing a pink shirt,” he said.
He said the campaign has come a long way since it started.
“It’s a matter if bringing people together.”
The pink shirt is a symbol, he said. It stands out and bands people together.
Some shirts may have different designs or be different shade of pink, but the message is still the same, he said.
Krista Shaw of the Boys and Girls Club Charlottetown said Pink Shirt Day is a day to raise awareness about not only childhood bullying, but also workplace societal and even family bullying.
“The day not only unites everyone Island-wide, but also encourages people to be kind to one another and be more cognitive of how their actions can affect those around them.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown operates in a bully-free zone all year long, she said.
“We do anti-bullying programming consistently and assist children and youth through our afterschool, summer and evening drop in programs with issues they may be having related to bullying. Every child participates in activities that focus on how to form positive peer and adult relationships, and how to help those around them that may be facing a tough time.”
Every child signs an Anti-bullying pledge that is instilled with the belief that they have the courage and power to take a stand to make the world a safer place for everyone, she said.
Funds raised assist us in providing opportunities to children who may not otherwise be able to participate in programming, she said.
“It also assists us to operate our evening drop in program which offers a safe place, a hot meal, recreational opportunities and access to two youth workers to discuss issues youth ages 16-29 may have with school, workplace or societal bullying.”
In all programs offered at the club, they look to provide support and solutions to have the children make informed and positive decisions in their everyday life, she said.