Brampton - Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario schools
runs from November 17-23 and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board and its
149 schools have planned a wide range of events, activities and actions to
highlight greater awareness of and promote a culture of care, respect and
inclusion for all through efforts to eliminate bullying.
As part of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, a wide
range of board-level initiatives and school events and activities are taking
place. These include:
Minute of Silence: On Monday November 18, at 10:00 a.m., all
Dufferin-Peel Catholic students and staff will join together in one minute of
silence in recognition of all victims of bullying, including bystanders.
Poster Campaign: A series of posters created by
Dufferin-Peel students are being distributed to all schools. Each poster
incorporates the header, “Stand Up Against Bullying”, as well the scripture
verse, "Be kind to one another" (Ephesians 4:32). The posters can be
viewed on the board website at
Anti-Bullying and Wellness Symposium for parents, caregivers
and educators: On November 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Dufferin-Peel
Catholic District School Board will hold a free Anti-Bullying and Wellness
Symposium for parents, caregivers, educators and community members at St.
Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga. Actor and motivational speaker,
Anthony McLean will deliver his new exciting iEngage bullying presentation for
parents looking for practical strategies to keep their children safe from
bullying. Attendees will also have the
opportunity to participate in a number of anti-bullying and wellness workshops.
Online Reporting Pilot Project: The board will continue to
expand a pilot project with select elementary and secondary schools to
determine the feasibility of an online reporting format for incidents of
bullying. If this proves to be a useful tool, the goal would be to roll it out
board-wide in the future.
“We recognize the impact that bullying has on individuals,
families and communities,” said John Kostoff, director of education.
Dufferin-Peel schools work hard to nurture and maintain a culture of care,
respect and inclusion for all. We do that through practical, creative and
thought-provoking means as part of our ongoing efforts to educate and effect
change in attitudes and actions. Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week gives
us another platform in which to promote positive messages, not only to our
students, but beyond the walls of our schools as well.”
In addition to the above board initiatives, events,
activities and actions are taking place at all Dufferin-Peel schools. These
events are posted on the board website at