Last fall, more than 140,000 individuals and organizations in communities across
Ontario committed to end bullying by Living The Pledge. The 2013 campaign will launch
in Thames Valley at a community event on Thursday.
Residents of London and Oxford, Elgin and Middlesex counties are being encouraged
to reaffirm their commitment by once again Living The Pledge in schools, at work
and at home and to register their Pledge on the redesigned website at www.ThePledgeToEndBullying.ca.
Founding partners Thames Valley District School Board and CTV London are working
with representatives from businesses, community organizations, schools and media
across Thames Valley to continue this awareness raising campaign to help end bullying
in our community - and it doesn't stop there.
CTV is taking The Pledge to Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, Saskatchewan and
Winnipeg with public service announcements and news segments in those markets, as
well as on its London television station.
Safe Schools Superintendent Karen Edgar says it's important The Pledge live on and
expand its reach to increase awareness about bullying as a community problem.
"Asking everyone in Thames Valley to Live The Pledge is a reminder to everyone in
our schools, businesses and neighbourhoods that finding a solution to bullying is
everyone's responsibility," says Edgar, who adds that TVDSB's Safe Schools campaign
Find Your Voice will keep the awareness and education going in schools throughout
the school year.
Representatives from community organizations, including London District Catholic
School Board, anti-bullying coalitions and the OPP, will join TVDSB Director Laura
Elliott and CTV Regional Vice President Don Mumford to launch the 2013 Living The
Pledge campaign on Thursday, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Victoria Campus of the
London Health Science Centre.
"We regularly cover news stories of bullying and hear loud and clear the call for
it to stop. CTV is proud to be part of the solution," says Mumford.
Everyone in the Thames Valley school district is encouraged to take The Pledge before
or during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, which runs from Nov. 18-24, 2013.
Please visit the website to learn more about how you or your business or organization
can participate in this community-wide effort to help end bullying.