February 22, 2013
Pumped About Pink
Lecture Series brings in Kennedy to speak on anti-bullying day Feb 27
Released by Betsy Terpsma, UFV
Kennedy is returning to UFV to bring his personal message of
empowering individuals to stand up to bullying and abuse on Pink
Kennedy will be featured on
Wed, Feb 27 as part of the President’s Leadership Lecture series at
4:30 pm in the lecture theatre (room B101) at the Abbotsford campus.
The former pro hockey player was the first to accuse coach Graham
James of abusing junior hockey players, which led to a conviction
and, eventually, further charges.
Kennedy chose to ‘out’ himself as a victim in order to expose a
problem that had been hidden away in sport.
Since then he has devoted his professional life to abuse prevention
and education. Kennedy believes “by educating everyone on the
prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment, we are deputizing each
person with the necessary tools to intervene and/or report
inappropriate behavior whether it’s in sport, schools, or the
workplace. When everyone is on the same page we are more likely to
feel comfortable and confident with these issues and speaking up.”
In recognition of his bravery and ongoing work to prevent abuse,
bullying, and harassment, UFV conferred an honorary doctorate on
Kennedy in 2012. As he spoke from his heart to the graduating class,
he also committed to return to UFV to continue to share his message
of personal empowerment with others.
President Mark Evered is thrilled to welcome Sheldon Kennedy and his
business partner Wayne McNeil back to UFV. “To have Sheldon at our
university on Pink Shirt day is an incredible opportunity,” said
Evered. “Sheldon is one of the most recognized names in the fight
against bullying and he symbolizes how each of us can work to change
lives and build community.”
Kennedy’s visit to UFV puts the spotlight on students, faculty, and
staff and how they can work together to say no to bullying and
abuse. A coalition of students and resource groups at UFV are
promoting Pink Shirt day.
On Feb 27 their displays and activities will be centered in Alumni
Hall above the lecture theatre at the Abbotsford campus and in the
atrium at the Chilliwack campus.
Kennedy will be making an appearance at Alumni Hall before heading
at 3:30 pm to the UFV Bookstore on the Abbotsford campus (1385
Mackenzie Road) for a book signing of his story Why I Didn’t Say
Anything. Those planning to attend the lecture are welcome to arrive
early at the bookstore to meet Sheldon in person.
UFV welcomes members of the public as well as students, alumni,
faculty and staff of to wear pink in support of anti-bullying and to
attend any of the Pink Shirt day activities. All proceeds from the
sale of pink merchandise at UFV to go towards the Student Emergency
To learn more about the message of “Empowering the Bystander” and
the Respect Group Inc. visit
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