Last Wednesday, February 26, Vancouver Career College students, staff, and faculty raised money for Pink Shirt Day in an effort to eliminate bullying across the country and globe. The college collectively raised $1,000 for CKNW Kids’ Fund, which supports a variety of anti-bullying programs across the country, including Kids Help Phone, Crisis Intervention Centre and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, Stigma-Free Society, and more. Learn more about the CKNW Kids' Fund here.
“It was extremely rewarding to see our campus wearing a sea of pink last Wednesday,” says Alberto Teixeria, Campus Director, Surrey. “Our school does not tolerate bullying and we will do anything in our power to ensure our students know that Vancouver Career College is a safe place.”
Bullying is a major issue across BC’s schools, workplaces, homes, and online. This year, Pink Shirt Day’s focus was on taking kindness to new heights and “lifting each other up” to celebrate unique differences and individuality.
Pink Shirt Day started as a movement in 2007, after two students in Nova Scotia stood up against a bully for picking on a fellow student for wearing a pink shirt to school. The co-founders, Travis Price and David Shepherd, bought 50 pink shirts the next day for other students to wear in support of their “anti-bullying” stance. Since 2007, Pink Shirt Day is now recognized and celebrated across the globe. Learn more about Pink Shirt Day here.
Across its six campus locations, Vancouver Career College supported in sharing kindness, compassion, and acceptance with friends, colleagues, and classmates.