The Municipality of North Grenville is preparing to take part in a national anti-bullying campaign.
Mayor Nancy Peckford says staff members are encouraging kids in the area to dress for Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 22nd.
“Everyone has a right to be treated with respect and to feel safe,” she says. “Pink Shirt Day is a day we can celebrate and promote kindness, diversity and inclusion.”
Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 in Nova Scotia, after two teenagers organized a school-wide protest to support a fellow student who was bullied for wearing pink.
Since then, it’s been celebrated on the last Wednesday in February across Canada, and in other countries like Japan and Panama.
“Our children and youth deserve to grow up in a world where they are valued and celebrated to be their true authentic selves,” Peckford adds. “We are fortunate to live in a very caring community in North Grenville.”
Peckford says members of council will be wearing pink to mark the occasion on Wednesday. You can find more details about Pink Shirt Day on the event’s website.