Wearing pink to change lives

Lisa Goudy
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About 400 students wearing pink gathered for a student rally at YaraCentre for Day of Pink on April 9, 2014.

Day of Pink student rally draws 400 to YaraCentre

Edward Kaulbach said as a kid, he was a “little bit on the geeky side, kind of more of a Big Bang Theory type of guy.”

“That’s why it personally resonates with me that everybody can be different, but everybody needs to be treated with respect,” he said. “Every kid goes through a hard time at school at some point so that’s why I think the whole pink shirt movement is so fantastic.”

Kaulbach, regional vice president with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) based in Moose Jaw, was one of the attendees at the Day of Pink student rally at YaraCentre on Wednesday.

RBC is also a major sponsor of the Day of Pink across Canada. On Wednesday, he said 20,000 bankers across the country would be wearing pink.

“What we’re hoping to see in the future is investing more in this cause. We are investing a lot in youth over the next several years and one of the things an event like this really does is it raises awareness. It gets future leaders in our society involved,” said Kaulbach. “The more noise we can make about it, the more important it is to the community and the more awareness to the province.”

Darby Briggs, Prairie South School Division (PSSD) communications coordinator, said there were 400 students in attendance at the event from William Grayson School, Sacred Heart Community School, Sunningdale School, Rouleau School, St. Mary’s School and St. Agnes School.

“It’s always neat when you see all the buses pull up and the kids getting out. They’re so excited,” said Briggs. “They’ll go home and they’ll tell their parents about it and it’s an opportunity for the parents to engage them in a conversation.”

She said in the PSSD, kids have been doing events in the classroom all week to talk about bullying and online safety.

“It’s I think it’s something you have to keep talking about so kids feel comfortable talking about it if it happens to them, if they feel alone,” said Briggs. “You talk about it all year.”

Maeghan Dubois, communications specialist at K+S Canada, said this is the second year the company co-sponsored the Canadian Red Cross event.

“We just feel that it’s a wonderful movement and Travis (Price) is a wonderful spokesperson for the cause,” she said. “I think that as our youth go into the world, I think it’s really great that we teach them how to be good citizens and treat everyone with respect and be very inclusive.”

She said bullying is something people can relate to in their lives.

“Everyone has personal ties to bullying or relationship and reflecting back on our elementary school and our high school, there’s definitely times you feel you were bullied or you were the bully,” said Dubois. “I think that it’s just a reminder that we can never forget those times and we can just move on into the future and be the best people we can be.”

Price, co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, did a presentation and then a question and answer period with kids. There was loud cheering when his presentation ended.

When asked what it was like being bullied, Price said, “It was very lonely. I spent a lot of time by myself … I’ve actually never gone back to my high school. That’s something I hope to do someday to go back and tell kids this happened right here in these hallways.”

For a story on the keynote speakers' presentations, see the story Taking a stand against bullying.


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Organizations: Royal Bank of Canada, Prairie South School Division, William Grayson School Sacred Heart Community School Sunningdale School Rouleau School Agnes School K+S Canada

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, Mary

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