On Monday, February 8th, educators and professionals in the field of education braved the snow and gathered in Winnipeg for a full day, interactive conference on Safe Schools. The Canadian Safe School Network is extremely proud to have hosted The Manitoba Safe Schools Conference: Diversity, Respect and Inclusion. We would like to thank all of those who made the event possible including our planning committee, volunteers, speakers, and of course the delegates who joined us. Such widespread participation reflects Manitoba’s commitment to creating the best, most diverse possible learning communities for our students.

We were truly honoured to have had Hon. James Allum, Minister of Education and Advanced Learning offer inspiring opening remarks. Following the remarks, our keynote speaker, Dr. Jerome Cranston, Executive Director of Student Academic Success and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Manitoba, took the podium and delivered a captivating address on what it means to create and nurture schools that place children’s rights at the centre.

As the day progressed, our delegates attended a variety of workshops all of which focused on recognizing diversity in all its forms and nurturing respect and inclusion of every student. Some of the topics that were addressed included: enhancing learning outcomes for vulnerable student populations, adopting an inclusive and diverse-normative lens, and advocating for non-discriminative human rights. Other workshops included discussions surrounding system-wide approaches to newcomer integration, equitable settlement and community development, and relationship building/character development to ensure safe, healthful schools.

Our second keynote address was given by Scott Heggart, who offered a touching personal account of his journey coming to terms with his sexuality and the impacts that educators had on him. Scott’s insight into the ways we can create a truly inclusive and accepting climate in our classrooms surely resonated with the crowd.

Finally, our student panelists from Maples Collegiate and the Pembina Trails Schools Division impressed us all with their commitments to social justice, community engagement, and global citizenship. Maples Collegiate voices the importance of implementing Aboriginal Student Leadership (ASL), while Pembina Trails described the tremendous impact of The Rights of the Child Project. The discussion was not just informative, but truly inspiring.

We are very pleased to have had such an excellent group of presenters, keynote speakers, and exhibitors. Thank you to everyone who joined us!


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We are excited to tell you about this year’s Ontario College of Teachers Conference titled Inspiring Public Confidence.

The event features English and French workshops focused on:

➔ Professional Regulation
➔ Employers of Ontario Certified Teachers
➔ Acting in the Public Interest

Excellent speakers including Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire and journalist Linden MacIntyre.

Take a look at the full program HERE.

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INBETWEEN Magazine helps parents navigate the often tumultuous teen and young adult years. Most recently they’ve published a detailed piece about the on-going issue of bullying and cybebullying, titled ” High School Horror.”

“Some teens cannot find solace away from bullying. It follows them everywhere from the halls of high school to their online activity at home. Here’s how you can step in and keep your child safe,” the article began.

While writting this piece INBETWEEN spoke with CSSN president Stu Auty for information about the causes and effects of bullying and cyberbullying.

Take a look at their full article here:



CSSN has spent 20 years creating schools that are safe and welcoming for all students in Canada. In 2016 there will be new students in class that need our help.

Before our holiday break, we sat down to discuss our next move in creating safe and inclusive school environments. It occurred to us that with the new year, came new students, and a second ‘Back to School’ season. As Canada accepts 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 2016, it is worth noting that many of them are families with school-aged children. This means that this week, and in weeks to come, refugee children will be stepping into new Canadian classrooms for the first time.

For years we have helped address issues that cause stress and anxiety in children including, starting a new school, learning a new curriculum, being included, and making friends. The reality is a refugee child will face each of these issues upon entering their new classroom.

There is no doubt that this transitional period will be a difficult one. CSSN is proud to announce our newest initiative to help refugee children feel safe and included in their new schools.

Our new Back to School Support Package Initiative will send packages of school supplies, technology, and tutoring services to refugee children across Canada. Our goal is to provide them with all the same supplies their peers will have, as well as offer tutoring to help with language barriers that may affect their studies.

Along with this program we will soon be delivering a number of strategies for teachers, to help create a welcoming environment for their new students.

Learn more about this initiative or purchase a Back to School Support Package here:


A new school, new friend, a new classroom can be a stressful experience for any child. Imagine not knowing the language, culture and curriculum.

If you are a teacher in Canada who is accepting a new refugee student in your classroom, please get in touch with us to arrange a support package.

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This week, CSSN launched our Holiday Giving Campaign.

At this time of year we want to acknowledge our #BillionsofDifferences and remind each other that we are #OneoftheSame.

The campaign focuses on spreading awareness about kindness, accepting differences and including others. As we mention on our campaign page, by helping children understand the importance of acceptance and inclusion of others, we can prevent a number of safe school issues including bullying, violence and mental health issues.

We’re asking for your help, and there are many ways to give back!

  • We want you to help us spread this important message this holiday season. Share our images online and use the hashtags #BillionsOfDifferences and #OneoftheSame.
  • Plus, there are many ways to donate to CSSN. You can make a monetary donation to CSSN on our donation page or on the campaign page.
  • CSSN is also happy to be a charitable partner of Aeroplan. You can now donate your Aeroplan miles to us..
  • We are also a charitable partner of Donate A Car Canada.


We can’t thank you enough for your support! Your generosity helps us to create safe and caring schools across the country!


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Manager, Conferences and Program Development

The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing youth violence in schools and communities. CSSN works to fulfill its mandate by developing safe school resources, and providing assemblies, conferences and programs to schools across Canada.

CSSN is currently seeking applicants for the full-time position of Manager, Conferences and Program Development for our Toronto office. This position is responsible for the research, development, execution, and evaluation of all educational  conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Plan and execute educational events including local and national conferences, school board training, and other initiatives. 6 Conferences a year across the country. This role is responsible for planning, executing, funding, and coordination of all conferences and related events. This is priority number 1 with this role.
  • Implement the program development strategy for CSSN.
  • Engage and build relationships with leaders in the government, corporate, and education communities.
  • Source and write funding proposals for corporate, foundation, and government funders.
  • Manage funding budgets; all associated reports
  • Develop and design curriculum content including educational resources, teaching aids, and direct programming for youth.
  • Office administration, donation processing and general duties as required



  • Event and Conference experience – Minimum of 2 -3 years in executing, plannning and developing conferences or events
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or applicable experience
  • Minimum 2 years project/program development experience
  • Knowledge of education issues, in particular, youth/school violence issues, and the education system considered an asset
  • Strong computer skills: word processing, email and Internet systems in a MS Office environment;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills for interacting with individuals at various levels
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and assume responsibility with minimal supervision, as well as work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement & diplomacy
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proven editorial and writing skills
  • Experience working with and supervising volunteers
  • Fundraising experience – including but not limited to grants and proposals
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed (particularly at event time)
  • General office skills and experience
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated initiative and interest in developing skills and knowledge
  • A passion to contribute to the non-profit sector

Interested applicants should submit their resume, along with a letter of application to Ryan Hollingrade, Director of Development and Partnerships.


We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about CSSN, visit www.canadiansafeschools.com


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This December CSSN is asking for your help to create safe schools across the country.

In Canada, there are approximately 7 million children, who attend 15, 500 schools from coast to coast. They come from families with unique values and backgrounds. They speak many languages and they celebrate different holidays. At CSSN, we are dedicated to ensuring each and every one of those children feel safe while they’re at school.

Although there are many things that make a school safe, this year we believe that above all, there is a single important message to share:

We have #BillionsofDifferences but we are #OneoftheSame.

This holiday season, CSSN is focusing our efforts on spreading the importance of including others, accepting differences and above all, being kind. In spreading these messages we can put an end to the many issues student’s face in school including bullying & cyberbulling, violence, depression and youth suicide.

A donation to the Canadian Safe School Network will help to create safe school spaces for all children. Make a donation to CSSN before December 31st, and receive a charitable tax receipt for your support.

Help us spread the word! Visit our social media pages and share our holiday campaign images using the hashtags: #BillionsofDifferences #OneoftheSame

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The Canadian Safe School Network is proud to announce that we are the Canadian charitable partners of the newly released film Bully Fighters.

We are very pleased to support this film as it addresses a very crucial issue that we at CSSN have been working to combat for many years. Bullying affects thousands of school-age children across the country. The effects of bullying can be directly related to depression, anxiety, social exclusion and in some cases youth suicide. This film is working to spread awareness and prevention.

Bully fighters is an award-winning short film and fundraiser being released just in time for Canada’s National Bullying Awareness and Prevention week. Bully Fighters is not just a movie, it’s a movement. the team behind the movie is working to create change. They are looking to change behaviour regarding bullying as well as to change laws.

Their website states “Bully fighters is a film that is meant to get people talking about social justice and what we can do to make the world a safer place for all of us.”

Of course, this is something that the Canadian Safe School Network is honoured to be a part of.

We would like to invite you to the red carpet premiere of bully fighters on Monday, November 16, 2015. Monday is the first day of national bullying awareness and prevention week. this screening will also include a Q&A, solid auction and wine reception to follow. The event is hosted by the producers of the film and in association with the Canadian safe school network. Tickets are limited so be sure to buy them today!

Check out the Bully Fighter Facebook Event for more details.

And, visit the Bully Fighters website to get involved!

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This past month CSSN was invited to contribute an article to Pink & Blue Magazine. Pink and Blue is parenting and baby magazine that is “Making Moms Fabulous & Dads Savvy.”  Check them out here: http://pinkandbluemag.com/magazine/

Last month at the Safe Schools Hackathon, we have the privilege of picking the brains of some industry experts about cyberbullying and safe social media use. We spoke with media experts, educational experts and most importantly parents. What we found was that in the time where social media is so prevalent in children’s lives, it’s difficult for adults to keep up. This isn’t quite news for CSSN, we’re contacted regularly from schools and parents asking for help with safe schools issues related to social media. (In fact, our involvement in the matter is what sprung the success of our viral video ‘Kids Read Mean Tweets”.)

In light of this question, the best advice we can offer is “Get Hip With the Kids”. And that’s just what our article in Pink and Blue is about. How to keep up with your child’s social media habits. Have a look at the article here.

We’d love to know what you think. What are some of your best practices for managing your child’s social media use? If you’re a teacher, how do you handle social media related issues when they pop up in class?

(In other news, stay tuned as we rebuild our website and offer you even more resources on cyberbullying and much more!)

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