Bullying among children is something that is unfortunately more and more present in our society. Recent studies show that those who fall victim in their youth will most likely carry the scars through their adult life. Thankfully, people are increasingly aware of this phenomenon and try to find solutions to stop it from spreading. For 12 years now, Sun Youth’s Bullying, Taxing and Conflict Resolution program has been making a difference in public schools around Montreal. As part of Sun Youth’s Crime Prevention branch, this program provides schools with an additional resource in their effort to solve the problems presented by bullying, taxing, intimidation and conflicts among students. Sun Youth’s “Youth and Social Mentors” work hand-in-hand with the schools’ staff to foster positive relationships, offer guidance and develop extracurricular programs for students. This transformative program is always in need of more resources, both to expand its operation in schools it currently serves as well as to reach out to new schools
With this in mind, Sun Youth organized a pasta dinner fundraiser on April 24th and all profits raised through this evening were going towards that program. The event had a very good turnout with the Sun Youth gymnasium filled with people united by their desire to stop bullying. The 188 participants were treated to a delicious pasta meal and had the chance of winning raffle prizes. A silent auction was also held for an autographed Max Pacioretty Canadiens jersey. It was a very family-oriented event with lots of young children present while many Sun Youth employees and family members answered the call of their Crime Prevention colleagues. The event was also attended by Montreal Police representatives such as Assistant-Directors Fady Dagher and Hélène Charron and Commander Vincent Richer, SPVM Liaison Officer for Sun Youth. The political world was also represented with the presence of Connie Placido, Assistant-Director of Jacques Chagnon’s cabinet. Sun Youth would like to thank all those who took part in the event, as well as the many businesses who sponsored the event. These include Provigo St-Urbain, Pharmaprix Félice Saulnier, Ditulio-Hermanovitch Notaries, Inter Marché 4 Frères (Parc Avenue), The Beat 92.5, Rouge Nail Bar, Miss Fit, Meridiana and Barraca restaurants, Bistro du Marché and Desmeules Chrysler Dodge Jeep. With the combined efforts of everyone, the event generated profits of $3000, which will help a great deal in the fight against bullying and taxing!