Skate Canada’s clubs are a warm and welcoming place for children, teens and parents. We are proud to have taken a strong stance on bullying through our Membership Complaints Policy listed in our rule book. This week in conjunction with Bullying Awareness Week we have reinforced that with a position statement on bullying which highlights our no tolerance stance on this issue.
Our members are the face and heartbeat of our organization. From our volunteers, CanSkaters, adult skaters, officials, high performance athletes and staff we want to continue to foster an environment that allows everyone to feel safe and welcomed.
Olympic silver medallist and coach Elizabeth Manley feels passionately about this issue. “As we look at the situation of bullying, happening to so many, we need to take a stand and let our youth know we are there for them. There is no place for bullying anywhere and especially at the rink.”
“We need to join together and fight this, we can make our youth feel and live in a safer environment. Speak up if you know this is happening to someone. If we all speak up and stand up we can make life so much better for everyone,” finished Manley.
We all have a responsibility in creating an atmosphere that includes and accepts all members; we encourage all of our members to join us in standing up to any type of bullying.
Skate Canada’s Position Statement on Bullying is posted on the Members Only site under “Members”.