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Be a buddy not a bully - Respect the Pink!

February 16, 2016 -

February 24 is Pink Shirt Day across Canada and Kingston youth 12 to 24 are invited to participate in the Respect the Pink anti-bullying conference at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St.

Hosted by the City of Kingston, Youth 2 Kingston collective, Community Living Kingston, Kingston Frontenac Public Library and the Boys and Girls Club, youth who attend the conference can earn volunteer hours by participating in workshops, listening to speakers, and pledging not to bully.

"It's great to see Kingston youth coming together to tackle bullying through this conference," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "We all play a role in creating a bully-free community, I encourage all Kingstonians to take the anti-bullying pledge."

Show your support by purchasing anti-bullying T-shirts featuring artwork created by local students. T-shirts are available at the Kingston Boys and Girls Club and profits will be used for programs supporting children's healthy self-esteem in Kingston. These programs teach children empathy, compassion and kindness towards others and themselves.

To learn more about Respect the Pink and to register go to http://www.kfpl.ca/programs-and-events/2016-02-24/respect-the-pink-centralLearn more about the groups hosting the Respect the Pink:

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.