MONTREAL, Nov. 12 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Majed Abou Alkhir, President of the Vanier College Students' Association, is pleased to announce that the V.C.S.A. will be submitting a memoir as part of the provincial government's public consultation on bullying and intimidation.
"We feel that Family Minister Francine Charbonneau's decision to hold a public consultation on these issues will allow our student association to get involved as part of an attempt to elicit real societal changes," said Majed Abou Alkhir.
For several years Vanier College has launched numerous initiatives designed to raise awareness about bullying and intimidation. For example, last year the college produced an anti-bullying awareness campaign called Stronger than a Rock. On September 18th Vanier Graduate Alexis Lahorra, who organized the campaign, won an award at the Forces Avenir Gala for her work. As well, in previous years Vanier organized Pink T-shirt days in support of anti-bullying initiatives.
For their memoir the V.C.S.A. plans to explore the themes of efficient intervention strategies in terms of dealing with bullying and intimidation. They will also examine the problem from the point of view of those who perpetuate acts of bullying and explore the social causes behind these acts of intimidation. The theme of their memoir will be Help a Bully, Save a Victim. As well, this month the V.C.S.A. is organizing an art exhibition in the student mall on the theme of bullying whereby students will be able to express their points of view on the subject.
"By using art as a forum of expression and by submitting a memoir as part of the public consultation our college will help play an important role in terms of fostering dialogue on bullying and intimidation," said Majed Abou Alkhir.
The V.C.S.A. will also strongly encourage students to participate in the public consultation process by transmitting their ideas on the subject via the special web site that was created and is available at: [email protected]
"The V.C.S.A feels that by participating in the public consultation process launched by the Quebec Government Vanier College will continue to play a leading role in terms of sensitizing the public to this ongoing social problem. Ultimately our goal is to raise awareness about these issues while also providing students' with tools and support that can empower them while also ensuring adequate resources continue to remain available such as psychological support for those in need," said Lida Aman, Social Justice officer for the V.C.S.A.
SOURCE: Vanier College
For further information: Source : Marguerite Corriveau, Vanier Communications, (514) 744-7500 ext. 7596; Information: Majed Abou Alkhir, V.C.S.A President, (514) 744-7500 ext. 7065