Chief Paul Cook and Constable Merv Shantz invited seven-year old Carson Ruddy and his brother to the police station on February 25th. Carson, who hosted his birthday party just before the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games, asked his invited friends to donate to the Games, instead of buying him presents. Thanks to his generosity and that of his friends, Carson succeeded in raising $250! Chief Cook presented him with a Special Olympics jersey as well as other promotional giveaways. Both brothers were then treated to a tour of the station, including our holding cell. Well done, Carson!
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David Shepherd and Travis Price in 2007.
Photo credit: pinkshirtday.ca
It all started in 2007, when a Grade 9 boy from Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies mocked him, called him names and threatened to beat him up. Two Grade 12 students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, thought this was cruel and decided to take action. They used social media and word-of-mouth to ask students to wear pink to school on the next Friday. They bought 75 tank tops from a discount store to hand out before class. They also brought a pink basketball to school. That Friday marked the first Pink Shirt Day campaign, which saw over half of the school's 830 students participate. So powerful was their anti-bullying message, it spread across North America.
For "Pink Shirt Day" this year, on February 25th, 2015, the North Bay Police Service helped bring public awareness to the anti-bullying message by wearing pink and participating on a basketball team with other community leaders in a friendly competition against a team of high school students from École Secondaire Publique Odyssée.Chief Cook, pictured above and also in pink, was pleased to support the campaign.