The Day of Pink at Youville Centre

School Council students with Executive Director Cindy Simpson and Board Members Megan Wallace and Tara Newman

On April 11th, 2012, Youville Centre students and staff wore their favourite shades of pink to raise awareness about bullying and discrimination. Youville Centre’s school council (comprised mostly of upcoming graduates) presented an honest, informative and dramatic multimedia presentation about bullying, suicide, discrimination and homophobia to the rest of the student body and Youville Centre staff.

From the official Day of Pink website:

The Day of Pink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bulling. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive  wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying.

The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference. And that the change starts with each one of us.

Youville Centre’s students’ presentation reminded us all to be aware of our thoughts, speech and actions, as you never know what someone is going through until you walk a mile in their shoes.

Finishing with the emotional and fitting song “Perfect” by none other than singer/artist Pink, the presentation left students and staff with a new awareness about bullying and discrimination.

Board Members and Community Partners were in attendance, and School Council students enjoyed lunch with our special guests.