The TNDC team took a collective stand against bullying on February 23, 2022, celebrating Pink Shirt Day, to be advocates for kindness, acceptance, respect and inclusion for everyone we work with. Team members across business areas and project sites donned pink shirts emblazoned with the message Lift Each Other Up! Held the last Wednesday in February, Pink Shirt Day is recognized as National Anti-Bullying Day in Canada.
Fostering kindness and inclusivity
Bullying is a problem in many schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Each year on Pink Shirt Day, Canadians across the country at work and schools wear pink t-shirts to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. The initiative shows victims of bullying they are not alone, there are people who care, and there is help and support available. Proceeds from the purchase of t-shirts fund programs that support children’s healthy self-esteem organizations to teach children empathy, compassion and kindness towards others.
The story of Pink Shirt Day
Now an international movement, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. In 2007, Berwick, Nova Scotia classmates David Shepherd and Travis Price purchased and distributed 50 pink shirts after a student at their school was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. With that act of kindness, Pink Shirt Day was born. It is now celebrated across Canada on the last Wednesday of February, and in many countries around the world.
“TNDC takes bullying and harassment in the workplace seriously, so it was essential our team participates in this important initiative. The participation across our company in Pink Shirt Day was impressive and exemplary. I thank all employees for their participation and commitment to make TNDC’s work environment respectful, free of bullying and inclusive of all people, and to be advocates for kindness and inclusivity,” says TNDC’s CEO Paul Gruner.
To learn more about Pink Shirt Day, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca.