Events

The Closet Revolution

February 1, 2013 marked the beginning of a yearlong project called the Closet Revolution.

The premise is similar to Sheena Matheiken’s Uniform Project, but with a targeted approach to raise women’s self confidence by diverting attention from the mundane, “must-buy” fashion currently over exploited by big fashion tycoons, and increasing awareness for creative, unique personal style.

Every month for a year I will choose one dress -from my existing wardrobe- and wear it for the entire month. Each day I will accessorize with garments and accessories of my choice with the intent to highlight local, sustainable, and vintage/re-purposed pieces. Throughout the year I will be asking for clothing/shoe/accessory and monetary donations for the PoCo Youth Society.

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Challenge Day 2013

Challenge Day is Coming Back to Port Coquitlam

We are putting on 3 separate workshops called Challenge Day. March 12, 13 & 14th pick a day. Challenge Days is a 6 1/2-hour program, created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill the vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge Day is more than a one-day program. It goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and igniting a movement of compassion and positive change. For more info and/or how to register – please visit
www.poccoyouthsociety.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PICK A DAY

March12, 13, or 14th and go to eventbrite for that day to sign up

March 12, 2013 http://challengeday2013.eventbrite.ca/ 

March 13, 2013 http://challengeday2013day2.eventbrite.ca/

March 14, 2013 http://challengeday2013day3.eventbrite.ca/

Each day costs about $50 per person and we cover most of the costs. We are asking for $10 for students to attend this year. If you have a problem with the payment please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m and we will look at ways to help you out.

Each student needs to have a parent permission slip signed to attend. It is also a day of school so if your school is not going you need parent permission to miss school and come. (Please download forms)

Hyde Creek Recreation Center

1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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For more information on Challenge Days, please visit: www.challengeday.org

Testimony

If I were asked to list which events have shaped me into the leader and human being that I am today, Challenge Day would be one of the first out of my mouth. Coming out of grade 8, I was making the move from middle school to high school and I didn't have a lot of appreciation for who I was. I didn't have the easiest time socially and I wanted so desperately to fit in. Challenge Day was paramount in motivating me to love myself for who I am, and to bridge the gaps with people around me that were just looking for somebody to listen. To me, that's what Challenge Day really is; an opportunity to listen and be heard. There's nothing quite like that feeling and I am forever indebted to the Challenge Day team for showing me that we all are just looking to be loved and accepted and that we need to be that source of love and acceptance for each other. Thanks Challenge Day!

Look at what Jacob has done since Challenge Day.


 

Port Coquitlam Community Bands Together to Launch Innovative Anti-Bullying Program

MEDIA ADVISORY

Port Coquitlam Community Bands Together to Launch Innovative Anti-Bullying Program This Tuesday, November 27

Port Coquitlam, B.C. – The community of Port Coquitlam is coming together in an unprecedented show of collaboration to stop bullying. On Tuesday, November 27 business leaders, with the support of the City of Port Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam Youth Society, RCMP, and School District 43, are launching the Be Someone anti-bullying program.

The program will contain measures never before undertaken in British Columbia to stop the cycle of bullying.

EVENT: Be Someone Program Launch
LOCATION: Riverside Secondary School
2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam
Parking: Lot on north side of school facing Gates Park
DATE: Tuesday, November 27
TIME: 9:30am

The title of the campaign originates from a slide in the final video plea from 15-year-old Amanda Todd of Port Coquitlam, which stated, “I have nobody, I need someone.”

The goal of the program, led by Gary Mauris, President and Founder of Dominion Lending Centres, and Greg Moore, Mayor of Port Coquitlam, is to ensure that every child that is bullied can find someone, and that our community is there to be someone.

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Media Enquiries:
Rebecca Peters
Laura Ballance Media Group
604-637-6649 (direct)
604-762-2098 (mobile)
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RCMP OFFICER CAMPAIGNS TO END BULLYING

Constable Tad Milmine is a five-year RCMP veteran who spent his teenage years a victim of bullying. Today, Milmine, inspired to take his personal struggle public following the suicide of an Ontario youth in 2011, is spending his time talking to BC teens about the real effects of bullying.

“I am 38 years old and I can still remember every detail about the bullying that happened to me as an introverted, shy and scared teenager,” says Milmine. “Those incidents, which are mild compared to what many teens are enduring in today’s high tech, high visibility world, have haunted me for years. Today, as a member of the RCMP, I have the ability to talk to young people in an attempt to make them understand the true effects of bullying from someone who’s endured it, and to let the victims know that there is hope.”

Milmine began this campaign following the suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, an openly gay Ontario youth bullied relentlessly for his sexuality. He created a website, www.bullyingendshere.ca with the goal of telling his own story as well as Jamie’s, to attempt to show young people the effects of bullying, but even more to become a resource for the victims.

Through word of mouth promotion Constable Milmine, who has undertaken this mission entirely on his personal time and at his own expense, has been invited to schools across British Columbia and Ontario (where he grew up and his story was first told), including a number of upcoming appearances:

  • November 8 – Sardis Secondary, Chilliwack
  • November 15 – George Jay Elementary School, Victoria
  • November 16 - École Quadra Secondary, Victoria
  • November 21 & 23 – Terry Fox Secondary, Port Coquitlam
  • December 3 – 7 – Various high schools, elementary schools, community associations and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Prince George

“When the bullying happened to me I endured it alone. I never acted on the dark thoughts that I had during those times, but when I heard about some of the young people taking their own lives out of desperation I could relate to their pain and knew I had to do something to try to help,” says Milmine. “What scares and inspires me the most is that over 10% of the kids I speak to reach out to me afterwards to ask for help or support. Our kids need help and they need it now. Hopefully I can provide them some guidance by directing them to the right social service or law enforcement agency in their area to get them the help they need, or simply to let them know they are not alone.”

For more information visit: www.bullyingendshere.ca

 

Youth Suicide Community Forum

November 14, 6-9 pm at Terry Fox Theatre
1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquiltam

shedding light…sharing hope

Please join us for an evening of education, insight and awareness. The event will include an online seminar presentation on teen suicide broadcast in the theatre. As well, there will be a panel discussion and question period with community professionals.
Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

For More Inforation: Event Flyer
Registration is requested if possible: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please drop by even if you haven’t registered!! The forum will be open to all community members the night of the event.
 

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