Bullying is a hot topic in schools and in the workplace. As a parent, I have fears of my child being bullied. I can remember being bullied in school. I was called names and it was a very hard experience for me. I was a chubby kid and sometimes other kids would pick on me because of my size, especially in elementary school. I didn’t do much to protect myself from being bullied, it just seemed to stop. I do however remember one time where my mother had to step in and speak to a child who was bullying me and that helped. But not all children tell their parents. Are your children suffering from being bullied, looking for tips on how to work through this issue?
Anti-bullying advocate, Kirk Smalley will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace taking place on Wednesday, November 19 at The Oakville Conference Centre.
Kirk, along with his wife and students from their community of Perkins, Oklahoma is the founder of the anti-bullying organization, Stand for the Silent <http://www.standforthesilent.org/> . The organization was created following the suicide of his own son, Ty in 2010 who had been bullied at school for two years. The Smalley’s story was featured in the acclaimed 2012 documentary, Bully <http://www.thebullyproject.com/> , and The Bully Effect <http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/12/ac360-special-documentary-the-bully-effect/> , produced by Anderson Cooper 360 and the Cartoon Network.
Tickets are now on sale for the event, $25 per person or $220 for a table of 10. Get your tickets online today at www.ymcaofoakville.org <http://www.ymcaofoakville.org> <http://www.ymcaofoakville.org/community/ymca-peace-week/ymca-community-breakfast-for-peace/> .
Kirk will also be sharing his anti-bullying message at a Parent Speaking Engagement called “What to do if your child is bullied” on November 18 at Oakville Town Hall. The event is open to the public and will offer parents tips and tools to use if their child is bullied. Online tickets through the YMCA are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds from the speaking engagement will be donated to Stand for the Silent.
For more information please visit www.ymcaofoakville.org <http://www.ymcaofoakville.org>
Shari Nelson is an advertising sales rep at City Parent and a contributor to the magazine's social media, including Facebook and Twitter. She has a background in Early Child Care Education, a 4-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old dog. She aspires to own chickens and a goat – maybe a farm one day, a dream she shares with her amazing and talented husband.