This is the synopsis of the weekend. I had to spend Sunday resting my brain and my heart. As wonderful as it is to go to wonderful events, it is very draining to my brain and my heart. All these things tell me (and us) that we care as a community and society about how important the causes of bullying/cyberbullying and mental health is. We have to work even harder to keep the attention up and bring our governments together to focus on them. Each day I have such wonderful conversations. But there was one where a teenage girl contacted me via Facebook and was worried about her friend. Something happened to the girl that I guess was traumatic and she wanted advice on what to do to help. The answers are what every parent/adult would say. Tell a safe adult about the problem. Talk to the parents. That you can’t not tell anyone just because your friend said she would get mad at you and never talk to you again.
Voice for the Horse Fundraiser – May 31st – Thank you to Yvonne for putting this on and for Tiffany and Cole for singing your hearts out. The event brought us closer to understanding the importance of horses in our lives as the empathetic nature of them is so beneficial for children, youth and adults.
The Suicide Prevention Awareness Overnight Walk – June 1st – with Kathryn Perez – Now is the time to join us as we bring national attention to suicide prevention. The more of us that take part in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk this June, the louder our voice will be and the greater our impact will be on our nation’s capital.
Bikes against Bullies Pub night – June 1st – The pub night went great. They were able to raise around $2100 that will support Bikes Against Bullies and Amanda Todd Legacy. There were lots of people at pub night. It’s funny, more people came up to say hi to me and/or recognized me than them. Lots of hugs. Lots of talking. Lots of me ‘giving’ bracelets away. When random strangers came up to share their stories, it was great. I met some of the people that I had only talked to on Facebook before. So great to put a face to a name. I loved the bagpipes. And the drummer who accompanied the bagpipest. To the organizers of the pub night event — BRAVO!! — it was an event well done. You are now officially the pub night organizers for ATL.
Roy Green Radio Talk Show – June 1st – Loved speaking to Roy Green about all the things he is impassioned with. Also met and will be talking more with Lynn MacIntyre who is a mom that is also advocating for more awareness and changes to the system related to bullying and mental health. Lynn had a son who was bullied and was in a dark place for a time being. Roy also has a great blog that he posts on.
Sarah K and the Collective Soul – June 13th – https://www.facebook.com/events/177675952383793/ – Sarah K is performing and will be supporting the Amanda Todd Legacy. This will be her second concert for ATL. I couldn’t make it to the first one but hope to make it for this one. Her singing and her songs just get to the inner core of being …
Be Bold Campaign – June 15th – https://www.facebook.com/events/224040521053796/ – Be BOLD! is a beautiful graphic campaign that came to fruition only one month ago. The response has been amazing! What started out as an anti-bullying platform, Be BOLD has also evolved into an empowering and positive campaign, to simply encourage everyone to….. Be BOLD! Be BOLD and turn negative words into something beautiful, and take meaningful words and turn them into something even more meaningful.
Strength Through Love of Books – Vancouver Book Signing Event – October 26/27 – Vancouver BC – https://www.facebook.com/vancouverbooksigning Thank you to Denise for organizing this and bringing me together with such wonderful authors who are moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers (maybe), etc. It’s so nice to see this come together and Denise, you did an awesome job on the Facebook Event page with the pictures of the city, Amanda and the snowflake logo design.
Note from the kids on Grad Night in Ontario – this is a wonderful story. I met another new friend in Winnipeg when I went their a few weeks ago (and had my luggage lost and still missing). It was her son’s grad night the week before last. I think I wrote about it. This mom had opened her home up to the kids after their prom dinner/dance. Although she was sleepless for a good portion of the night, she loved spending the time talking to the graduating teenagers and they were very happy talking to her. She had emailed me back and told me that the next morning when she woke up, she found a note on her fridge. This is the note. I don’t think it needs more explanations. It just gave me goosebumps and warm fuzzies!!! Love those teenagers at their brightest and sparkliest moments.
Just writing all this about the weekend exhausted me. People asked me all weekend how do I manage. I told them the truth. It is the inspiration and hope that Amanda has given me. Plus what all the people I know that continue to inspire and drive me to go on. I just want everyone to know, I do melt. I do cry. I do get sad. I did manage a 2 1/2 hour walk today and I actually like the going uphills. It’s pretty much the same as the battle to get bullying/cyberbullying + youth mental health noticed, talked about and worked on.