The City of Lloydminster proclaimed Feb. 28 as Lloydminster Anti-Bullying Day in hopes of spreading the awareness of bullying and to encourage people not to bully others. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
Members of the Lloydminster City Council donned “Kindness Wins” T-shirts on Monday, as they proclaimed Feb. 28 as Lloydminster Anti-Bullying Day.
The sea of pink and grey showed not only those in attendance but those in the city that bullying is a serious thing.
“No one should accept bullying,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers. “It doesn’t matter from a religious perspective, from an ethnicity perspective, wherever you come from, bullying is not acceptable.”
Bullying, Aalbers noted has been happening for generations, and it is time it was stopped.
“Anyone I talk to can talk about being bullied. From the immigrants to this country what happened in the 1900s and into 2000 today to kids at school, because they are skinny, maybe they are carrying a little more weight than others,” said Aalbers.
Aalbers was joined by students from both school divisions during the proclamation as they all donned the pink shirts.
“We start with the children … the groups of young people are going to the elementary schools, that’s so important to help bring that message because we were all created equal and we should be treated equally. I don’t think anyone likes to be picked on,” said Aalbers, adding the high school students who have gotten behind the Kindness Wins campaign are seen as mentors to the younger students.
“It’s important we have mentors and people to look up to. I think that’s an excellent program that they have set up,” said Aalbers.
Coun. Michael Diachuk reiterated the importance of the anti-bullying movement, and the need to get the word out.
“What we have seen is we have incidents where students are bullied, they are victims, and I think as the victim has progressed we have seen the focus on enabling students to be prepared, enabling students to have their own tool kit if you like, and being able to respond where they don’t become victims,” he explained, adding getting the students in Lloydminster to be in a position where they can handle themselves was vital.
“They can handle themselves confidently and deal with people in a way where they don’t become victims,” he said.
Having the city stand behind the anti-bullying movement was also very important for the campaign.
“It’s so important to get the message out,” added Aalbers
The mayor also encourages residents to take a stand against bullying.