Awareness to Bullying
Did you know it’s now it’s been eight years since Pink Shirt Day started, that was in 2007. Two Nova Scotia high school students organized a school protest to wear the colour pink, they stood up for a grade 9 boy and fellow classmate, who was bullied for wearing a pink coloured t-shirt to school.
Even after eighth year bullying still continues to be a major problem in schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Every seven minutes someone is bullied on a playground in Canada, according to bullying.org. Recent survey found cyberbullying surpassed drugs and alcohol as the top concern among Canadian parents.
Why is this so important to me?
I am very passionate about helping others who are struggling each day because they are being bullied. As I know all too well what bullying does! One would think that starting high school should the greatest moments; it wasn’t that great for me. After being laughed at, been called names every day, I started feeling like they wanted me to feel, worthless! My self-esteem went down; my immune system was so week that I would always be sick. I didn’t care anymore, I just wanted to curl up and stay there, I didn’t want to go to school anymore, my school marks were going down. I just wanted to give up. Then finally I wrote a letter to my mom. Today, I can proudly say that letter save me! “I love you and together we will get through this!” were her words!
Today, I am very involved in the community. I volunteer in several charitable events and I have a strong desire to learn all about my culture. Last year, I organised a pageants for young girls’ ages 10 to 12 years old to help raise money for Miss Teenage Canada. In the pageant one of my activities was say NO to bullying. I searched the internet, gathered some information and gave handout to the parents and kids on the first day. They were links of resources; help lines and explanations different types of bullying. One day during our practices I gave them all pink shirts and they were to write a positive word and decorate their T-shirt any way they choose to. On pageant day, they wore proudly their pink shirt and fashioned their work of art, they were shining! I was so proud of them! It was a great experience for me and the girls. My goal is to help the youth to build their self-esteem and to make a difference.
I believe that through my own experience I will help someone, through my story and life path I want to choose. I want to continue to encourage the youth, motivate them to follow their dreams. I want them to believe in themselves, because I believe in them. To be proud of who you are!
If you fall down, you get right back up!
If you make a mistake, you learn from them.
If you feel down, there is always someone who will lift you up.
You are Special and you will succeed.
Don’t give up and follow your Dream no matter what their dreams are
I want them to believe in themselves and encourage them to follow their dreams.
Dreams do come true if you believe!
Thank you !
Shelly- Miss Teenage New Brunswick 2015 xox