Many of you have asked me recently how The Self-Discovery Retreat was created. Let me share with you how opening up, standing tall, and speaking from the heart led me to where I am today.Read More
I found this quote by bestselling author Anne Lamott about lighthouses and it really speaks to my heart. I have been journaling and reflecting on the meaning recently so I thought I would share it with all of you.Read More
Now, you might be asking yourself "What is Pink Shirt Day?"
The last Wednesday of February (this year is Feb. 27th) in Canada, is Anti-Bullying Day (i.e., Pink Shirt Day). It is a day where we take a stand and address this important issue.
As I work in bullying prevention and love the colour Pink, I support this wonderful cause and am proudly wearing pink today. People always ask me, “Why bullying prevention?” My answer is always the same: “I have seen and personally experienced the negative effects of bullying and want to stop it from hurting others’ lives.” That is why I support this initiative.Read More
Today, I am taking that step through writing out my thoughts on an issue that is sensitive and personal to me: body-image bullying. In the past, I was ashamed to discuss this subject but I soon realized that this is an important topic to share. I have come to learn that if I don’t speak up, who will?
Years ago, my second-year social psychology professor shared a case with our class that taught me to never rely on someone else to take action. My professor was talking about the famous Kitty Genovese case that occurred during the early 1960’s. In a populous U.S. neighbourhood one morning, Kitty was attacked on a street and left to die over a 45-minute period. Kitty’s death was heart-breaking for its needlessness: 38 people witnessed her attack, but none did anything to help her! Kitty’s story is not the only documented case of the Bystander Effect; there are many more where people didn’t do anything to help someone in extreme need; they thought another person was taking care of it.Read More
“Why do you want to study bullying prevention?”
I have been asked this question often, since I began researching this topic a few years ago.
My answer is always the same: I have seen its negative effects and want to stop it from hurting others’ lives.
Until now, I haven’t confessed to many people that: back in middle school, I WAS BULLIED.Read More