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…