News

Snowflake Walk to end bullying

By Diane Strandberg

Black Press

The mother of Amanda Todd is lauding the efforts of anti-bullying advocates who are trying to make Port Coquitlam a bully-free zone and hopes people will join the Snowflake Walk to End Bullying this weekend.

Carol Todd was at last week’s Be Someone launch and is getting behind the walk planned for Sunday, Dec. 9, beginning at the Port Coquitlam recreation centre.

“It’s keeping the cause alive,” said Todd, who said she appreciates the effort to acknowledge what her daughter went through.

The name Snowflake Walk is reminiscent of the Princess Snowflake nickname that Todd gave to her daughter, who in recent years attended schools in Maple Ridge and where she was subjected to bullying.

Although the snowflake image is still emotionally-charged for her, she supports its use as an anti-bullying symbol if the lives of children and youth are improved by the stamping out and intolerance of bullying whether online or face to face.

“It keeps it going, it keeps the initiative going, that’s what needs to happen,” Todd said.

Last week Port Coquitlam businessman Gary Mauris and Mayor Greg Moore launched several initiatives to combat bullying in the city.

In addition to making bullying illegal with a bylaw, to be voted on Dec. 10, a website and bullying awareness information is being developed for parents and kids.

As well, Mauris and Moore announced first annual Snowflake Walk for Dec. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre.

It will be an opportunity for people to take a stand against bullying, Mauris said.

It will start at the rec centre and end at Riverside secondary, where there will be activities and an opportunity to purchase t-shirts and bracelets with the funding to go towards ending bullying in Port Coquitlam.

People can also donate directly to the I am Someone Foundation

Money will go towards tools and resources to fight bullying.

 

• More information about the Snowflake Walk to End Bullying, including a map is available at www.snowflakewalk.com.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Renewed interest in Kwantlen Band’s land
 
Fentanyl taking a deadly toll
 
Vision for Metro transportation plan set
Witness to serious December crash in Surrey sought
 
Legal marijuana in Blaine now short walk from B.C.
 
Wait for Me Daddy inspires New West composer
Parents ‘really surprised’ at diabetes plan change
 
Middle school opening officially delayed for one year
 
Referendum poll shows slip in transit tax support

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.