11:00 Pink Shirt – Bullying
Danielle Law, assistant professor, Youth and Children’s Studies and Psychology; Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University
It was started seven years ago by some high school students in Nova Scotia who wanted to stand up for a classmate who was being bullied – and it’s now a global phenomenon. Travis Price and his friend began the anti-bullying movement in their high school after they noticed a boy getting picked on for wearing a pink shirt. It is now a fixture in 14 different countries, and something we’re happy to support here at the Rogers Kitchener Radio Group.
11:15 Pink Shirt – Bullying (continued)
Josh Yandt (Josh the Doorman)
His story gained international attention – all because of one simple gesture of kindness. At the young age of 16, Josh lost his father. Already depressed and bullied, he says he ‘succumbed to darkness.’ The bullying was so bad that Josh, his mom and his sister moved to London…and that’s when things changed. He began holding the doors open for his schoolmates – in the morning, at lunch, after school. Kids thought it was weird at first…and then he noticed a change. Students started being nice to him, they knew his name…they nicknamed him ‘the doorman.’ That year, in 2011, he was voted Prom King and won Best Personality Award. He is now fundraising so he can make this his life’s mission – to travel to schools and share his story. He has raised just over a thousand dollars of his 5-thousand dollar goal. www.gofundme.com/thedoorman
11:30 – “Wednesdays Chilling with Dogs”
IN STUDIO: Kristine Lund, Clinical Director, Delton Glebe Counselling Centre & her dog Annie
“Wednesdays Chilling with Dogs” is a free weekly service that involves dogs as a form of therapy. It is primarily aimed at University students who miss the day-to-day interaction with their family pet as a result of living away from home. The centre’s clinical director, Kristine Lund, is actively researching the benefits of pet-assisted therapy, and isn’t surprised by the program’s appeal. Delton Glebe Counselling Centre is located on Albert Street in Waterloo and offers individual, couples counselling and art therapy, as well as counselling services for children in the form of play therapy.