Mayor Tyler Gandam has issued a statement on the occasion of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 22:
When I was in school, bullying seemed to be something that only happened to kids. Maybe I simply didn’t know adults who were bullied or it wasn’t talked about as much, but today, it’s plain to see bullying comes in all forms by people of all ages, from all walks of life. Bullying has become even easier in our digital world; you can see it in the way people talk to each other through social media.
Taking one day to show your support for those who have been affected by bullying is easy. Stopping bullying while it’s happening — or being self-aware enough to realize your own actions could be bullying — takes effort. As we wear pink today, take time to reflect on what it means to you and how you can help someone beyond Pink Shirt Day.
— Mayor Tyler Gandam