July 2015

The Canadian Safe School Network is seeking outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers to help us sell 50/50 tickets at a Toronto Argonauts home game this fall! A great opportunity to:
– bring your young ones to the game free of charge!
– add a nationally known charity to your resume
– receive volunteer hours/letters
– watch the Toronto Argos!
– help a great cause!

If you’re 18 years old or older and would like to put your sales skills to work for a great cause, this is a great opportunity!

CSSN will be the charitable beneficiary of the Argos’ 50/50 draw on Friday, November 6th at 7:30PM as the Toronto Argos take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

We require volunteers to sell tickets to fans at the Rogers Centre from the first quarter until the start of the third quarter. Volunteers will then be able to enjoy the rest of the game from reserved seats! Each volunteer will receive one seat in the reserved seating area. (Please let us know if you will be accompanying a minor)

If you’re interested in volunteering a few hours to a great cause, and watching some Argos football we’d love to hear from you! Please email carly@canadiansafeschools.com for more information!

* Volunteer Reference Letters will be available for any participant who wishes or requires.
Please note there is no financial compensation.

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A couple years ago, a brave little girl named Shannon cut off her hair to donate it in order to make a wig for kids fighting cancer. Unfortunately, her brave gesture wasn’t as well received by some of her school peers. Shannon was called names by a number of girls that were making fun of her new haircut, and it quickly digressed into a full bullying event when a number of girls joined in. What’s tragic about this story is that Shannon is not the only young child facing this sort of adversity. Bullying is a harsh reality for many students. Bullying happens at school, in the school yard, and the rise of Social Media has turned bullying, harassment & intimidation into an inescapable, 24/7 problem for many Canadian children.

Thankfully for Shannon, she had a safe environment and support system at home to help her overcome this challenge. When Shannon reached out about the hardship she was facing at school, her parents and school leaders were quick to address the issue and provide Shannon the support that she needed. Shannon’s father is Dave Rogers, the president and CEO of Amp Solar Group Inc. and although glad to have overcome this bullying incident with his daughter, Dave realized that effects of bullying can be devastating for children who don’t have the support they need.

As for Shannon, she subsequently joined the Toronto Argonaut’s Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program at her school, and was selected as the Halton Region representative that most exemplifies the values of the Huddle Up program. It was through Huddle Up that Dave found us, The Canadian Safe School Network!

Inspired by his daughter, Dave sought to make a difference. It was then that he founded the ‘Playing Fore Change’ Anti-Bullying Awareness Golf Classic. The goal for this tournament was to raise awareness and funds for CSSN, in order to help us create resources and support for children who are dealing with bullying across the country. And we could not be more grateful!

The event took place last year at the beautiful Rattlesnake Point Golf Course in Milton, Ontario. We were joined by members of the Huddle Up program, as well as Argos cheerleaders, and many supporters. Guests enjoyed a great day of golf, cocktails, dinner and auction!

The tournaments over the past two years were so successful that we are honoured to invite you to the 3rd Annual Playing Fore Change Golf Classic!

Once again the event is in support of creating anti-bullying awareness and resources for students across Canada who face bullying at school, at home, or online. It is thanks to Dave Rogers and his Amp Solar team that we are able to provide our services, and give students the opportunities they need to reach out and put an end to bullying.

Details for this year’s tournament:

Monday August 10th, 2015

Rattlesnake Point Golf Club

5407 Regional Road 25

Milton, ON

L9Y 2X5

To register a foursome, or for more information, please email Renee! renee@canadiansafeschools.com

or call our office: 416 977 1050

There are several sponsorship opportunities available for you and your business, including hole sponsorship & contest sponsorship! We would love to promote your organization as a proud supporter of the Canadian Safe School Network.

Thank you to Dave Rogers and Amp Solar for their generous support and hard work in putting this event together!

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Earlier this year, the Canadian Safe School Network worked on a video campaign entitled “Kids Read Mean Tweets” in partnership with the advertising agency john st. that ended up going viral. This video is a parody of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” which is a segment featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. The video shows just how hurtful bullying is and the direct effects that it can have on children. If you have yet to see this video, you can do so here.

john st. submitted this video into The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earlier this year which is a seven day festival that honours people who work in advertising, communications, and creative fields. This festival is the largest of its kind featuring eleven thousand marketing professionals, designers, advertising professionals, and digital innovators from around the world.

We are excited to announce that the team at john. st led by creative director, Niall Kelly, won a Bronze Lion in the category ‘Branded Content and Entertainment: Non-Fiction: Online’ for the “Kids Read Mean Tweets” campaign video!  We are so proud of the impact that this video has had and recognize that this is a huge honour for john st! A link to the Cannes Lions winner page can be found here.


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