Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 24

Anti-Bullying Day, also known as Pink Shirt Day, takes place Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Bullying affects people of all age groups, backgrounds and genders online, at school or at work. 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis, and 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying. Pink Shirt Day provides an opportunity for people around the world to take a stand against bullying. Wearing pink is a message to spread kindness and respect, not just on Pink Shirt Day, but for the entire year.

The City of Victoria is participating in Pink Shirt Day and invites the public and City staff to:

  • Wear something pink to work on Wednesday, February 24.
  • Write a kind comment on a pink post-it note (provided) and place it on the Pink Shirt Day chalkboard in the City Hall foyer. At the end of Pink Shirt Day, we’ll post a photo of all the kindness messages on the City’s social media channels. For every promise of kindness posted, the United Way of Greater Victoria will receive $1 donated from Mayfair Shopping Centre (maximum $5,000 donation) to help support programs to end bullying in our communities.
  • Pick up a free Pink Shirt Day sticker at City Hall and wear it or share it on Pink Shirt Day, with a promise to help end bullying.
  • Post Pink Shirt Day photos on social media with the hashtags #PinkShirtPromise, #PinkShirtDay, #LetsEndBullying.
  • Attend the annual Anti-Bullying Film Festival that takes place Wednesday, February 24 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30  p.m. at l’Ecole Victor-Brodeur at 637 Head Street in Esquimalt. A panel of judges comprised of local public figures will select three grand prize winners at the event, which showcases some of the region’s best young filmmakers and their creative, moving and impactful responses to bullying. Admission is free but space is limited. The Anti-Bullying Film Festival is hosted by the Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria in partnership with the Community Centre Network, of which the City of Victoria is a member. Learn more.

Anti-Bullying Day originated in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007 when two high school students took a stand to distribute 50 pink shirts after a grade nine male student was bullied for wearing pink on the first day of school. Nova Scotia’s premier recognized the event by pronouncing the second Thursday in September “Stand Up Against Bullying Day”. In 2008, B.C.’s premier proclaimed a provincial Anti-Bullying Day for February 27. In 2009, Boys and Girls Clubs joined the effort with pink “Bullying Stops Here” T-shirts.