Board recognizes Day of Pink to raise awareness of homophobic, transphobic discrimination
On April 8, the Peel District School Board will recognize Day of Pink, the international day to stop homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination. Schools and board sites across Peel will recognize the day with a variety of activities, and by wearing pink.
"At the Peel board, we want our students and staff to learn, work and develop in environments that are equitable, inclusive, respectful and nurturing," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "Inclusion and diversity is something that all Peel schools teach and discuss with students—it is embedded in all we do. Every day we teach students our core values: to be caring, cooperative, honest, inclusive, respectful and responsible. Day of Pink is just one more way for us to reflect and strengthen our goal to achieve equity for all students and staff."
Students throughout Peel will celebrate the day with various equity activities and events:
- Meadowvale Village Public School will launch its Planet Pink music video, which features staff and students performing lyrics that embody core values of inclusion and equity. Following the launch, the school will open its hallways for tours of student-developed artifacts. Meadowvale Village is located at 890 Old Derry Rd. W in Mississauga.
- At Peel Alternative School North, students have created art displays and will also attend workshops led by Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH). PAS North is located at 315 Bartley Bull Pkwy. in Brampton.
- Caledon East Public School will hold a school-wide assembly where students will be presented Character Awards for demonstrating the character value of inclusion. All students will also take part in a parade throughout the school to view classroom doors decorated for Day of Pink. Caledon East is located at 15738 Airport Rd. in Caledon.
- Over 200 students from 23 Peel board and Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board schools will visit Cassie Campbell Community Centre on April 10 to participate in Week of Pink – Be Inclusive, a day to celebrate and promote inclusivity. The festivities will begin with teambuilding activities led by secondary school students, and will conclude with keynote speaker, Errol Lee. The community centre is located at 1050 Sandalwood Pkwy. W in Brampton.
Day of Pink began when a high school student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, was bullied with homophobic language because he wore a pink shirt to school. The next day, hundreds of students at his school stood up to bullying and wore pink to school to show their support for inclusion and diversity.
Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010, ext. 2239,
Note to media: Contact Kayla Tishcoff if you wish to visit any of the schools or events listed above.