OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

April 11, 2012 15:21 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Encourages Everyone to Think, Speak and Act to Stop Bullying

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - OSSTF/FEESO members take seriously their responsibilities to address all forms of bullying and harassment in our schools, post-secondary institutions and workplaces. The International Day of Pink on April 11, 2012, provides the opportunity to take positive action to end discrimination and bullying while celebrating diversity. According to dayofpink.org, this one day is "more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity-it's also a commitment to being open-minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other."

Day of Pink was inspired by two Grade 12 students from the small community of Cambridge, Nova Scotia, who decided to take action when a Grade 9 boy at their high school was ridiculed for wearing a pink polo shirt. The two students went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts. They e-mailed classmates to support their anti-bullying cause they titled a "sea of pink." The actions of these students have inspired millions since September 2007.

Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) stated that "our members take action every day to prevent and stop bullying. On April 11, 2012, many individuals will wear pink to help raise awareness about bullying, in all its various forms, including homophobia and transphobia." He concluded with, "It is OSSTF/FEESO's hope that such events will inspire us all to think, speak and act to stop bullying."

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867