Combatting bullying


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Last month on Oct. 25 I was very honoured to be at Queenston School for the launch of the Winnipeg Police Association’s 7th annual “Cool 2Be Kind” anti-bullying campaign.

As honorary co-chair of the initiative, I was pleased to join my fellow co-chair, former colleague and friend Kevin Chief.

The Cool 2Be Kind campaign is a positive behaviour, anti-bullying initiative of the Winnipeg Police Association that focuses on teaching students in kindergarten through Grade 8 the value of being kind to others and making good choices in school and in life.

Supplied photo Heather Stefanson is pictured at the Legislative Building with fellow organizers of the Cool 2Be Kind initiative. Stefanson is an honorary co-chair of the initiative, which kicked off Oct. 25 at Queenston School.

Since 2013 this initiative has funded 145 kindness projects totalling $72,500 with off- duty police officers having spoken to over 50,000 students and educators. The campaign allows students and staff to create and submit a unique kindness proposal for their school for the opportunity to receive funding to see their program of choice come to life.

After the kickoff of the campaign I was pleased to recognize some of the people involved in the campaign at the legislature with a ministerial statement. My guests that day were former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Trevor Kennerd; longtime journalist Bob Holliday; members of the Winnipeg Police Association, president Maurice (Moe) Sabourin, vice-president George VanMackelbergh and directors Ward Gordon, Kevin Rampersad and Jeff Boehm.

We all have a shared responsibility to combat and prevent bullying. Collectively this initiative is making a real difference in the safety of our community and of our children. Let us all make an effort to teach children to recognize bullying behaviour and to practise positive behaviour. This will assist in building a better future for our city and province.

I encourage all schools in Winnipeg to participate in the Cool 2Be Kind Campaign by submitting their Kindness Projects before Dec. 31. For more information please visit

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season as we head into December. In the spirit of the holiday season we can take the principles of kindness being taught through the Cool 2Be Kind campaign and donate to or volunteer for any of the numerous charitable organizations who help make the holidays for those less fortunate better.

And finally, please let me extend an invitation to attend the province’s annual open house at the legislature on Sat., Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Members of the Legislative Assembly will be in their offices to greet their constituents. There will be fun activities, musical performances and tasty treats for adults and children alike.

Those who attend are asked to bring along a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for the Christmas Cheer Board. For more information please visit

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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