May 10th – 7 month date with the Prime Minister of Canada

Wow!!  What a great meeting.  The meeting went really well.  Stephen Harper sat and listened.  What was interesting to me was how the building of CCCP got checked head to toe with dogs, etc and also how many people were part of the prime minister’s entourage.  The media were also there in droves.  SHarper came to CCCP and we had some group time with him before the round table.  At this time, we went around the table and shared our thoughts.  Well, once one family started crying, I think we all did.  Rehtaeh has only passed away one month ago.  That certainly is not a long time.  They are still grieving and healing.  The whole thing is so sad and it hurts so much.  I can’t imagine when there will be a time when it gets easier.  There was a mom whose daughter passed away in 2011.   The tears still come but not as regular.  But it does come spontaneously.

After our first meeting with SHarper, we left for the hotel where the bigger meeting would occur.  The press was there also.  The meeting went over an hour.  We had the chance to talk about what we, as parents, would like to see changed in the realm of cyberbullying.  Most of the discussions included education, awareness, social media, internet safety and youth mental health.  Some things are going to be easier to ‘fix’ than others.  But if something small changes, then  it is a start.

I am happy that this meeting occurred.  I am even happier that I was able to attend.  I made some really good connections and will pursue a discussion.  I love the CCCP. The people who work there are so helpful, polite and they love to hug.

Tonight, I met the person who is responsible for making the Amanda Todd Legacy t-shirts and hoodies.  It was great meeting him and putting a face to a name.  I also met his wife who shared many stories of her life.  It was as if we were all old friends.  Conversation came so easy.

I have to go to sleep.  I didn’t end up falling asleep until 4:30 a.m. last night.  Now I am really tired.

And tomorrow I have a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m.  ARggg…

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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5 Responses to May 10th – 7 month date with the Prime Minister of Canada

  1. Savetheworld says:

    Omg music to my ears! So very proud of you Carol! Keep up the great work mama bear ( like Merle said). Xoxo

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  2. merle48 says:

    Dear Carol, Happy Mother’s Day to you! As you said once, not exact words maybe, but “that you will always be the Mama Bear protecting your cubs.” Instead of long, drawn out post from me today, I will leave you with another favorite quote of mine:
    “Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear”. ~Terri Guillemets

    Oh and this: “When you throw dirt, you lose ground”. ~Texan Proverb

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  3. Tristan says:

    Wow, just amazed at all this , so very proud as well , for you all doing what you are doing. This is really stepping up to the plate now. Mr. Harper , please do all you can to help make change. As you can see, this is extremely important, not only to just these families, but to all the families and kids that are or have yet to go through this. time to put and end to it. Here is an article with video of some of these events. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/pm-promises-victims-families-end-to-tragedies-207035541.html

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  4. namedallas says:

    Hi Carol
    Progress aways seems to be made two steps forward one step back,and persistance is what keeps things moving forward.I think your persistance is paying off.Keep up the good work.

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  5. la Punisher says:

    You never cease to amaze me with how much of your heart you put into this cause, you are a great voice for your daughter and a wonderful mother to be doing what you are doing. That is a very heavy cross you have to carry and it takes a lot of strength to carry it. I don’t know if it gets easier with time, never been there, so I can’t say, I think we just learn to deal with it.
    All the same I think you are one wonderful mother and a really, really great person for taking on and starting the ball rolling on this much needed cause, Praises to you and keep up the good work
    Amanda would be so proud.

    Hugz 2U

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