“Changing the Conversation about Bullying” With Bullying Awareness Breakfast Fundraiser

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Edmonton, AB: The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities will be hosting its 8th Annual Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast on Wednesday, November 19 from 7:30 to 9:00 am, at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Edmonton. In the spirit of collaboration, Safe and Caring will also be hosting a satellite breakfast at the same date and time in Calgary, at the Bow Habitat Station and Volunteer Society.

The Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast started as a local community event in 2006, and has since expanded to draw over 300 champions for child and youth well-being from across the province. Safe and Caring holds the breakfast during National Bullying Awareness Week–this year running from November 16-22–to initiate conversations about how we can work together to build positive spaces and prevent bullying in Alberta schools and communities.

This year, the theme of the breakfast is “Collaborate and Create.” Attendees will be treated to live music, collaborative artwork and a welcoming address from the Society’s new Executive Director, Dr. Susan Hopkins.

Susan Hopkins is a passionate advocate for the rights of children and is excited about the opportunity to bring together leaders in business, community development, education and government to support a great cause: “We all want our children to feel welcome, cared for, respected and safe in their learning environments. Bullying is not a natural part of growing up and has no place in our children’s lives. As champions for child and youth well-being, we have an opportunity today, grounded in a foundation of new legislation and informed by evidence, to build on years of good work and an abundance of expertise towards a collective goal of happy, healthy and safe children and youth in every community across Alberta.”

Tickets for both the Edmonton and Calgary sites of the Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast start at $100 each, with all proceeds going towards supporting Safe and Caring’s bullying prevention, youth engagement and knowledge mobilization programs.

About Safe and Caring

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring) is a not-for-profit organization which builds community capacity to prevent bullying and violence against children and youth through the promotion of healthy relationships. As a centre for community collaboration, Safe and Caring fosters effective networks and partnerships to improve the quality of life for all of Alberta’s children and youth. For more information about Safe and Caring, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.

About National Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying Awareness Week is a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness of the prevalence and negative impacts of bullying. The week occurs in the 3rd week of November, and has been officially recognized by the City of Edmonton, as well as by the Government of Alberta in the newly released Education Act. In addition to the Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast, Safe and Caring is hosting a series of community engagement and awareness events. For more information about National Bullying Awareness Week events, visit: www.safeandcaring.ca/bullying-awareness-week-2014.

About Dr. Susan Hopkins

As the new Executive Director of Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan brings a rich range of experience to her position. With degrees in political science and educational leadership, Susan has been a K-12 teacher, an administrator in several school systems and a researcher in the area of resilience among at-risk youth, and continues to teach additional qualification courses at Queen’s University. Most recently she held senior positions with the Northwest Territorial Government where she developed a play and culture-based kindergarten curriculum, co-authored the early childhood framework and was responsible implementing the Early Development Instrument across the NWT.  Her experience as a leader in these various arenas has provided her with the ability to understand issues from several perspectives, and to select the strengths of each one to create integrated strategies. She has worked both internationally in Italy and in Canada with Aboriginal children and staff. Susan is an imaginative, yet pragmatic mentor. The well-being of the community is always first in her heart and mind.

For media inquiries in Edmonton and area, please contact:

Meaghan Trewin
Communications Coordinator, Safe and Caring
c: 780.399.4014 | t: 780.822.1503 | mtrewin@safeandcaring.ca

For media inquiries in Calgary and area, please contact:

Barry Davidson
Senior Advisor for the Canadian Crime Prevention Centre and Board Member for Safe and Caring
t: 403-818-8429 | bdavidson@cannet.to


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