Pink Shirt Day
Wed, Feb 24 2021, All day
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What is Pink Shirt Day?
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, the national Pink Shirt Day movement aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
OC stands against bullying and harassment
On Feb. 24, members of the Okanagan College community will be wearing Pink Shirts, an idea that started with a simple act of support by two high school students in Nova Scotia who stepped up when a classmate was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
It’s a simple concept – wear a shirt of a specific colour to highlight a difficult issue. It’s a simple action of making a choice when getting dressed in the morning to help bring attention to this issue. What is not simple is the ongoing challenge to be watchful, to recognize bullying and harassment and to take a stand when we see it.
Pink Shirt Day is a single day, but the experience reported by 1 in 3 of our youth and over 30% of adults, of being bullied or harassed is often pervasive and can have a negative impact for a lifetime.
This single day highlights the need for all of us to be mindful, to make choices to actively stand against bullying and harassment and to make those choices every day. Let a student, a friend, or a colleague know that you understand the importance of being kind and the impact that bullying can have. Learn more about the resources posted on the OC website and help them access supports. We all have a role in helping someone feel supported and safe on Pink Shirt Day and every day.
- Meri Kim Oliver, Vice President Students
Join us. Get involved!
Wear your pink shirt on Feb. 24 to take a stand against bullying and harassment and to show your support for vulnerable members of our communities.
Share a photo
Snap a selfie and share on social media tagging #OCPinkShirtDay and #OkanaganCollege or email your photos to Andrea Dodd, for sharing in a Flickr Gallery and on Okanagan College’s official Instagram and Facebook pages.
Download OC's Pink Shirt Day virtual background to show your support.
Resources for students
With one in five students affected by bullying, chances are that you or someone you know is being impacted. Find resources at www.pinkshirtday.ca/resources.
If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or harassment at Okanagan College, we want to know.
We also want you to know that help is available. Whether or not it’s related to bullying, if you are feeling stressed, sad, anxious or depressed, please reach out to the services and supports below.
Counselling Services offers an array of resources for students. Visit their webpage to find resources for coping with COVID, anxiety, study skills, mindfulness and more, including:
Free, confidential one-on-one counselling to all registered OC students currently residing in B.C. Book an appointment here.
Library Services also has resources to promote student success and well-being.
Resources for employees
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (also known as EFAP, operated by LifeWorks) is not just for emergencies. Get help by calling 1-888-307-0590 or logging onto the website https://www.lifeworks.com/. Employees can access professional consultants through EFAP whom can provide access to advice and resources including short-term clinical counseling services, to support both employees and their dependents who are being impacted by bullying and other challenges (including stress, anxiety, depression and more).
Okanagan College Policies
Okanagan College is committed to ensuring a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and bullying, and supports a collegial environment that is characterized by mutual respect, safety, civility and free inquiry.
Read OC’s Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Policy here.
Read OC's Student Non-Academic Conduct Policy here.