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Surrey Takes a Stand Against Bullying

2013 Stop Bullying Winners

February 27, 2013

Surrey – Surrey students were honoured at a special event today as Mayor Dianne Watts proclaimed Stop Bullying Day and presented the awards for Surrey’s 2nd annual Stop Bullying Film Contest.

Top entries:

Junior Category (Grades 6 and 7):

Team Name: Maple Green Elementary
Film Title: A Miserable Life

Intermediate Category (Grades 8-10):

Team Name: L.A. Matheson
Film Title: Words Can Harm

Senior Category (Grades 11 and 12):

Team Name: Justine Crawford
Film Name: Hidden Wounds Never Heal

“We have very talented, creative and thoughtful students in Surrey and I want to congratulate all those who participated in the contest,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Through this project we were able to reach out to the schools and the broader community to talk about bullying and the solutions to the problem.”

“I was very impressed by the quality of films produced," says Surrey RCMP C/Supt. Bill Fordy. "These students reinforced the message about this very serious social issue and found creative ways to raise awareness about its consequences. We support all initiatives that promote youth involvement in education and prevention on this issue.”

A number of high profile community leaders from around the region participated on the judging panel for the contest, including Mayor Dianne Watts; Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy; Holly Conway, Jonny Staub, Nira Arora and Amy Beeman from the Beat 94.5 morning show; Elise Estrada, award-winning popstar/actress; and Johanna Ward, host of Shaw TV’s go! Vancouver.

The Stop Bullying Film contest is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, CUPE 402, and the Surrey School District. Students from grades 6 to 12 were invited to submit a 30-second or 60-second film that identifies types of bullying, the impact that bullying has on people, and solutions to the problem.

For more information, please visit: www.surrey.ca/stopbullying

To watch the videos, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWphdQHDaY&list=PLtVfxe1fnZNu8Qpt9K2eUvfm9tCh_F98D

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Media Contact:

Cpl. Bert Paquet
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584