– February 22, 2016 – In support of Pink Shirt
Day on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, CDI College is encouraging all its staff,
students, and everyone nationwide to wear pink to show support for
anti-bullying programs across the country. Pink t-shirts can be purchased at
the campuses by donation and all proceeds will be donated towards Pink Shirt Day.
is an issue that hits close to home at CDI College. With over 48% of the school’s
demographics comprised of parents, this matter is one that has an enormous
impact within the community.
is a widespread concern and it doesn’t only happen to children. This can extend
to college and the workforce,” said Barry Masellis, VP of Marketing at CDI
College. “Its effects can be long-term and detrimental to the mental and emotional
health of an individual, which is why initiatives like these are vital steps we
should all partake in towards creating change.”
to statistics released by the Promoting Relationships & Eliminating
Violence Network (PREVNet), 75 per cent of people have experienced or been
affected by bullying and 15 per cent of girls and 18 per cent of boys reported
being victimized at least twice in previous months, and those are only the
reported cases. In a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Red Cross, more
than half the cases of schoolyard bullying do not get reported to teachers.
Statistics also revealed what while over 80 per cent of the time, bullying occurs
in the presence of peers, 57 per cent of the time, bullying stops within
seconds when a bystander steps in, which is how two high school students from
Nova Scotia inspired a nation to stand together against bullying.
its inception in 2008, Pink Shirt Day has raised over $1.2 million
dollars in honour of the anti-bullying campaign inspired by two
high school students, who witnessed a fellow schoolmate being harassed for
wearing pink. The two students purchased pink t-shirts and encouraged fellow
students to wear them as a unified symbol against bullying.
from the fundraising campaigns have been distributed to various anti-bullying
initiatives that teach children empathy, kindness, and acceptance such as the
Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Help Phone, Canadian Red Cross, Kidsafe Project
Society, and more.
with CDI College, local businesses nationwide are also participating in the
initiative to help raise awareness in their own communities and contribute to
this worthy cause.
very excited to be participating in such a meaningful cause,” said Masellis. “We
are always looking for ways to make a difference, not only for our students,
but also the people in the community.”