August 2015

We have some exciting conferences coming up in 2015 and 2016! Each one will include an array of experts and professionals who will be discussing the most pertinent safe schools issues! Be on the lookout for more details coming soon and be sure to save the dates!

British Columbia Conference

Title: The British Columbia Safe & Caring Schools Conference

Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Venue: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 3G7

Price: TBD


Manitoba Conference

Title: The Manitoba Safe & Caring Schools Conference: Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016

Venue: Victoria Inn Winnipeg, 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, MB. R3H OG3

Price: $299 ($275 early bird)


Toronto Conference 

Title: 19th Annual Safe Schools Conference

Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016

Venue: Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON. M6K 3C3

Price: $329 ($300 early bird)


Also be sure to look on our website next week for more details on our first annual Speaker Series covering topics surrounding school safety! This event will be hosted in Toronto on November 2nd, 2015!


Please feel free to contact us directly for more details!

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The third annual Playing Fore Change Golf Classic hosted by Dave Rogers and Amp Solar was a great success! We had a wonderful day out at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to this event as well as all of our supporters and our volunteers who helped make this day amazing! We would also like to thank Dave Rogers since this event would not have been possible without him! This event helped raise money for the Canadian Safe School Network in it’s mission to raise awareness and create resources for safer schools and anti-bullying.

Thank you again and see you all next year!


Golfers heading out to the greens!


A beautiful day for some golf!


Our wonderful host, Dave Rogers! (above)


Dave Rogers watching a great golf swing!


Our fabulous Argos team!


A golfer getting ready to swing!


Thank you for ‘Playing Fore Change!’

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In these next two weeks approaching back to school time, we are going to hold a social media campaign involving messages that are directed towards three groups: students, parents, and teachers.

This idea for a back to school social media campaign stems from our recent LGBTQ Student Think Tank event that was held in four cities cross Canada. This event brought LGBTQ high school students together to talk about their challenges and experiences that they face in school everyday. This event was a great success and gave these students the opportunity to talk about issues important to them. One of the main issues that was brought up was what these LGBTQ students wished their teachers knew. Thus, we will be posting some of these quotes throughout the coming weeks to show teachers these simple ideas of how they can be more accommodating for LGBTQ students! If you would like to read more about the think tank, click here!

The hashtag we will be using for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is #teachtheteacher so feel free to join in on the conversation and add your thoughts and ideas! Our goal with this campaign is to keep the conversation going about these important issues and to demonstrate simple ways that you can make a change!

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Earlier this year, dozens of schools applied for the 2015 Canadian Safe School Network/TD Award for Excellence Against LGBTQ Youth Bullying. In association with The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) and TD Bank, this award is presented to a publicly-funded school, elementary or secondary, that has demonstrated excellence in the development, creation or promotion of an in-school initiative to counter LGBTQ bullying. The successful recipient school will be awarded a financial prize of $2500.00 CDN at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

CSSN received several applications for this award from across Canada. It was a very tough decision to make – every application clearly demonstrated how impactful and beneficial their programming and initiatives are to promote the inclusion and safety of LGBTQ students.

After careful consideration and a rigorous review, we are very pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 award – South Huron District High School! South Huron’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) has organized exceptional programming and initiatives at their school to promote inclusion and safety of LGBTQ students, including school-wide assemblies, publications in their local newspaper, class presentations, “Rainbow Week”, attended conferences, and much more. Keep up the fantastic work, South Huron!

We would also like to acknowledge the short-list finalists as well for their outstanding work against LGBTQ Youth Bullying:

Oromocto High School

Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary

Ancaster High

Forest Lawn High School

Congratulations to our winner and a special shout out to our short-list contenders.

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The Canadian Safe School Network in partnership with john st. and TELUS WISE are excited about the upcoming product hackathon for safer schools. A product hackathon is an event that allows for creativity and collaboration through the use of technology. People with different backgrounds such as technical, creative, and strategic come together around a problem or an idea to create a prototype or a solution.

It will be held on September 26th, 2015 from 8AM-6PM at ACME – 229 Niagara St. This event looks to raise awareness about safe schools and looks to create tools that will help us in our battle against bullying. Our hope is to take the ideas generated from this event and create a product that will help create safer schools! This product hackathon for safer schools will be the first hackathon targeting cyberbullying in Canada!

We’ll be live tweeting from the event using the hashtag #BullyStop so stay tuned!

TELUS logo


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CSSN is excited to welcome some new members to the team! Check out their bios below!

Ryan Hollinrake

Position: Director, Partnerships and Strategy

Ryan joins us after almost 10 years in the international development field where he worked within human rights and women’s rights organizations. During that time Ryan developed and managed strategic programs, partnerships and events. His interest in international development was born from his work with the HBC foundation. Prior to that, Ryan worked for HBC in operations for close to eight years.  

Carly Basian

Position: Curriculum and Program Development Manager

Carly is a graduate from the Masters of Teaching program at the University of Toronto (OISE). She has always been passionate about creating safer schools by integrating anti-violence and anti-bullying topics into her practice and teaching experiences. Carly is very excited to be a part of the CSSN team where she can continue to provide educational and programming opportunities to create awareness about and tackle issues surrounding school based violence and bullying. Previously, Carly has worked as a researcher in psychology for the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. She currently works as a research assistant for Ryerson University’s E-Learning Department in addition to providing professional development for teachers and consultation for sexual health education programming in the K-12 system in Ontario.

Sara Sherstobitoff

Position: Special Events and Administrative Assistant

Sara is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Education with a specialization in Counselling and Human Development. She has had experience in both communications and administration when she worked with the football team at her university. Sara has always had a passion for working with children and youth and is passionate about putting an end to bullying. She looks forward to working with CSSN in their mission to create safer schools!

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