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2008 Conference

PREVNet’s 3rd Annual Conference, "Creating a World Without Bullying", was a huge success with over 350 participants in attendance including the majority of our network consisting of 54 Canadian Researchers and 43 National Organizations. 

During the first two days of the conference, PREVNet researchers and member organizations came together to network, celebrate past accomplishments, share research questions and to develop and refine the PREVNet’s research and knowledge transfer agenda.

As well as Drs. Craig and Pepler’s opening address, the plenary session on the “Public Day” included several highlights. The first Girl Guides of Canada “Girls United Badge” was presented to three girls who had completed a series of activities to foster healthy peer relationships, designed by PREVNet researcher Dr. Tina Daniels and graduate student, Danielle Quigley.

The morning plenary session concluded with a deeply affecting and unforgettable presentation by Mr. Mike Neuts about his son Myles. Myles Neuts died tragically as a result of a bullying incident in an Ontario school. Mr. Neuts told his story and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the audience for their collective commitment to bullying prevention. 

Participants spent the remainder of the day in their choice of three workshops from eight streams: Aboriginal Children and Youth, Children’s Rights, Cyberbullying, Girls Aggression, High Risk Youth, Parent, Sport, and Youth Engagement.

Shaftesbury Films underlined their commitment to Canadian children, as the lead sponsor of our 3rd Annual Conference by donating $20,000 to PREVNet out of the proceeds of the 2008 Shaw Rocket Award they had won for their television show, “Life With Derek” which airs on the Family Channel.  PREVNet had consulted with Family Channel and Shaftesbury in the development of an episode about bullying that was aired during Bullying Awareness Week in November 2007. 

We were also fortunate to receive generous corporate support from Rogers Communications Inc. and Microsoft Canada, for the second year in a row.

Our sincere thanks to all of our corporate partners for supporting the conference and contributing to making Canada a better place for Canada’s children and youth.

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