Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, Premier Brian Pallister and education minister Ian Wishart spoke to n Meghan McOmber’s Grade 7 class at Bernie Wolfe Community School (95 Bournais Dr.), on April 10.
Kennedy, Pallister, and Wishart were at Bernie Wolfe to announce $100,000 in annual funding for the next three years to bring the Respect in School program to public, First Nations, and independent schools across the province.
According to the province, the program, developed by the Respect Group, Inc. (co-founded by Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil), provides online curriculum to "help create safer, more respectful schools by educating staff and volunteers on how to understand and better respond to bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect." It has been available to public schools since 2011.
"We’re proud to be leaders in delivering the Respect in School curriculum to our employee groups and are very pleased everyone has completed the training," said Colleen Carswell, board chair, River East Transcona School Division, in a statement. "We’ve found it to be a very efficient and effective way to help our employees gain the understanding and confidence they need to deal with issues of bullying and abuse."