Wednesday, February 22, 2017, is Pink Shirt Day in Canada. It is the day that we wear pink and promise that we will all do our part to stop bullying.
Like with Bell Let’s Talk Day in January, Pink Shirt Day is sponsored by the media (Shaw) who are donating $1 for every #PinkShirtPromise on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. You can check out the details at Shaw #Pink Shirt Day.
I was bullied all of my life. It didn’t matter where I lived, where I went to school, who I was friends with, the bullying followed me. I was told not to let them know that I was scared or sad, just walk away. That didn’t seem to work and I just held it all in and didn’t tell anyone.It began to feel like the bullies had to be right – I was ugly, fat, stupid, a dog…
Because of this, I allowed for the bullying to enter into relationships – family, romantic, work, everything including my first marriage.
I no longer allow anyone to bully me and I try to help young women feel good enough in their own skin that they will not be bullied either.
So, wherever you live, I ask that you make a #PinkShirtPromise and help defeat bullying.
In case you are wondering, I have changed the background, in honour of Pink Shirt Day. By Thursday it will be purple again!