Hello again my Friends. Always a pleasure to update you on the happenings of Bullying Ends Here.
The last month has really been focused on presentations and the outreach to our youth. The emails continue to come in and compliments made. The opportunities continue to grow for us as well.
As always, there is much to share from the last 30 days.
On March 23rd, I found myself in Ottawa yet again with some of my DLC Family. The Trevor Watter’s Group worked so hard to put together a couple of presentations at St. Michael High School. It was a phenomenal day followed by a lovely home cooked meal at the Watter’s household. This was the first time I had given any school presentations in the Ottawa area as I have always felt that it was ‘too close to home’ as this is where Jamie Hubley lived before passing in 2011. I suspect that Bullying Ends Here will return again in the near future!
On April 11th, MLA Jane Thornthwaite took time to recognize Bullying Ends Here in the British Columbia Legislature. You can see this at below, and now it looks like the Government is looking at ways to get the book to every social worker in B.C.!
On April 13th, I was invited to speak to a group of employees for the Bank Of Montreal in downtown Calgary. This was to celebrate the ‘Day of Pink’. I was proud to stand there in my DLC Pink Shirt as I do everyday. The media was also impressed to know that Bullying Ends Here is taking the message of acceptance and understanding to a new level by ensuring that our pink shirt is worn daily throughout the year. While ‘Pink Shirt Day’ and ‘Day of Pink’ are meant to start a conversation that continues throughout the year, I decided to ensure it does just that by wearing pink daily. The staff turned out in such high numbers that we needed to add more chairs!
April 15th had me in Banff Alberta as the keynote speaker to 750 Victim Services Delegates from all over Canada. To be able to stand in front of an audience full of passionate volunteers was an honour in itself. To be able to share my own story and show them how one person really can make a difference was a very defining moment for me. These incredible volunteers see and hear about tragedy each day. What they do for society is simply unreal. I am so proud to work alongside them on many calls and call many of them my friend.
While I write this, I am on my way to Ottawa for a few days which will then be followed by a week of presentations in Toronto, Vaughan, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and also in Beamsville where DLC family member, Donna Thornton, is working hard to put together a large community event along with a couple of schools. All in all, this last major tour of the current school year should have me speaking to around 15,000 more young people. Good thing I am not shy (or AS shy) as I used to be!
With the summer drawing closer, I am going to take a few months to focus on work and ‘Tad Time’ where I plan how the next year will look and where I want the program to go. My goal is to reach 100,000 youth in 2016 which I suspect we will reach in no time at all at this rate. I have found a happy balance between my full time job and the presentations on my days off/vacation. I’m very proud of all of the hard work everyone is doing to put together these tours and for their belief in me. This is truly team work at its finest.
I can also share that Bullying Ends Here will be on the Global stage in August as I have been invited to share my story in Amsterdam Netherlands. I know that there will be even more great things ahead.
Lastly, my book is thriving with sales now well over 1,000 in the last month. We have also found a way to personalize the books with a Corporate Logo on the front to share partnerships between the Company and Charity. Northland Volkswagen in Calgary Alberta will be the first to purchase 300 copies and hand them out to their clients. I will be sharing some exciting news with this new partnership in the coming month. VERY EXCITING!
I hope you all have a wonderful month and I look forward to sharing the coming weeks adventures ahead with you in May. Together we are not only changing lives, but SAVING them!
Courtesy of Tad Milmine, Founder – Bullying Ends Here