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Snowflakes and a Cause… painting and blog by Kathleen Tennant

Kathleen Tennant Art

Kathleen Tennant is a Canadian mixed media artist who taught herself to paint and now designs and creates OOAK journals, sketchbooks and art for your walls.  Her art work can also be found on a variety of greeting cards.

Kathleen shares a touching story on her blog to promote her latest work “SNOWFLAKES FOR A CAUSE“, pictured above.

As we come up to the one year mark since Amanda Todd’s passing I wanted to honour Amanda, her Mom, Carol and the legacy fund created in her name.  Amanda was a member of my community and her family still is.  The Amanda Todd Legacy Fund will help create awareness about mental health issues and help with keeping children safe and reduce bullying. 

We all have a teenager in our lives, or a teenager within us, that deserves a fighting chance in today’s society. Let’s help Carol create a better place for our kids and each other.

The original of this painting was created for Carol Todd.  100% proceeds of this print WILL go to the Amanda Todd Legacy Fund. 

See her art, read her story and of her connection to the Amanda Todd story… Click HERE.

Kathleen Tennant Blog


Light Up The World Purple – PICTURES

Here are just a few of the places that lit up in Purple Oct. 10, 2013, and some of the people (and horses) that helped spread awareness of Mental Health!

As pictures come in, a page will be added to highlight the events and displays from around the globe. Stay tuned…

Carol Todd - Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

Carol Todd – Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena, Canucks Game

Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena, Canucks Game

Vancouver, BC - Olympic Cauldron

Vancouver, BC – Olympic Cauldron

Vancouver, BC - Birks

Vancouver, BC – Birks

Vancouver, BC - Science World and BC Place

Vancouver, BC – Science World and BC Place

Saltspring Island, BC - Raffi

Saltspring Island, BC – Raffi

Langford, BC

Langford, BC



Calgary, Alberta - Langevin Bridge

Calgary, Alberta – Langevin Bridge

Calgary, Alberta - TELUS Spark

Calgary, Alberta – TELUS Spark

Airdrie, Alberta

Airdrie, Alberta

Airdrie, Alberta

Airdrie, Alberta

Horse in purple

Horse in purple

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport (pylons)

LAX – Los Angeles International Airport (pylons)

Winnipeg City Hall courtyard

Winnipeg City Hall courtyard

London, Ontario - Ivey Business School

London, Ontario – Ivey Business School

Toronto, Ontario - CN Tower

Toronto, Ontario – CN Tower

Ottawa, Ontario - Heritage Buildings

Ottawa, Ontario – Heritage Buildings

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

New York, NY - Shakira Concert

New York, NY – Shakira Concert

Boston, Massachusetts - Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge

Boston, Massachusetts – Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge

Michael Bell Art Studio

Michael Bell Art Studio

Melbourne, Australia - Crown Towers Casino Atrium

Melbourne, Australia – Crown Towers Casino Atrium

Abu Dhabi, Dubai - WWE Event

Abu Dhabi, Dubai – WWE Event

For a complete list of Supporters for Light Up the World Purple for World Mental Health Day and Amanda Todd Legacy – October 10th, 2013, please see the “Events” Page… Click HERE .

‘Light Up Airdrie Purple’ draws a crowd to Nose Creek Park

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Airdrie’s water tower was bathed in purple light, Thursday night, to commemorate World Mental Health Day. (PHOTOS – Marty Lawrence)

Written by Marty Lawrence on Friday, 11 October 2013

On a chilly, wet evening, October 10, a crowd gathered at Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park to celebrate the lives of a group of young people so affected by bullying, they ended their lives all too early.

Airdrie, one of the cities to commemorate World Mental Health Day, participated by lighting up its water tower in purple light, the colour now associated with victim Amanda Todd, who was remembered with six others at the park.

Emotional tributes to Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Todd Loik, Angel Green, Jamie Hubley, Tyler Long and Hannah Smith were presented by a series of speakers after candles were distributed.

A symphony of purple balloons containing messages of hope were released into the night sky to close the event.

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At Nose Creek Park, tributes were paid to seven young people who took their lives after being bullied.

See more at: http://www.discoverairdrie.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6202&Itemid=151#sthash.WsPXhqwJ.dpuf


Candlelight vigil held in Airdrie

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A special candlelight vigil to pay tribute to Amanda Todd and other victims of bullying in Canada and around the world was held in Airdrie on Thursday night. The event was organized by Tara and Mackenzie Murphy.

Michael Franklin, CTV Calgary
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 8:42AM MDT

Thursday was Mental Health Day, but organizers in Airdrie brought people  together for another special vigil to pay tribute to mental illness.

The first annual Light Up the World event was held by Tara and Mackenzie  Murphy.

They say a special tribute was given to Amanda Todd and other victims of  mental anguish at the hands of bullying in Canada and around the world.

Candles were lit in cities across Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

Mackenzie tried to take her own life last December after she was bullied and  tormented for years.

She’s since become a crusader against bullying in the community and in  Canada.

“We’re hoping that people will look at it and think before they do things and  maybe not be a bystander and let things happen and step up because it really  only takes one person to make a difference, “ Tara, Mackenzie’s mother,  said.

Mackenzie’s actions have most recently prompted the City of Airdrie to pass  an anti-bullying bylaw which imposes fines on bullies.

Read more: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/candlelight-vigil-held-in-airdrie-1.1493625#ixzz2hUMAt1LE        

City of Langford, BC – Amanda Todd Day 2013


October 10, 2013

The City of Langford will acknowledge World Mental Health Day on October 10 by turning the water in the fountain on Goldstream Avenue and the Langford inscription on the sign at the Number One Fire Hall on Veterans Memorial Parkway to purple.

This is in recognition of the Amanda Todd Legacy, and in response to a letter that Amanda Todd’s foundation sent to Langford Council. Carol Todd created the Amanda Todd Legacy to draw attention to the issues of mental health, bullying and the role social media played in Amanda’s decision to take her own life a year ago today.

Carol Todd has launched a campaign to light up the skies world-wide with purple, Amanda’s favourite colour, to honour the memory of her daughter and to create positive dialogue and action in dealing with the issues of mental health, bullying and social media abuse.


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One year after Amanda Todd’s death, Mountie tries to be that someone for bullied teens

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One year after her daughter Amanda took her own life, Carol Todd is working to change how we think about bullying. She says getting kids to treat each other better is more effective than reacting to isolated incidents.

October 9, 2013

VICTORIA — When Tad Milmine walks into a classroom, students don’t know anything about him.

They don’t know he’s an RCMP officer. They don’t know he’s gay. They don’t know he’s been bullied and abused.

But within minutes, students know he’s there for them, especially in their darkest, most vulnerable moments, Milmine said.

He speaks to them through the spirits of Ontario’s Jamie Hubley, Nova Scotia’s Rehtaeh Parsons and British Columbia’s Amanda Todd — all teen suicide victims mercilessly bullied by their peers before killing themselves. Todd died one year ago Thursday.

“I’m up there, just a guy named Tad,” said the Surrey RCMP officer during an off-duty interview. “That’s how I get introduced. While I’m speaking they don’t even know I’m a police officer until about halfway through.”

Milmine said he started talking to students across Canada last October, at about the same time the country was emotionally shaken by Todd’s suicide.

The 15-year-old, Grade 10 student from Port Coquitlam posted a video detailing her anguish over the sustained harassment she endured at school and on the Internet about images of her body posted on the Internet.

At one point in Todd’s video, which now has received over 28 million views, she holds up a handwritten note that says, “I have nobody. I need someone.”

Milmine said he heard Todd’s, Hubley’s and Parsons’s cries for help and decided to offer young people a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental place, creating his http://www.bullyingendshere.ca website that promises to respond quickly to every youth message.

“I could easily just make a video and send it out to every school, but that defeats the entire purpose of what I’m trying to do,” he said. “I’m trying to be the person that I didn’t have in school. The person to look up to, to talk to — to be there.”

Milmine said whenever he visits a school he expects messages that night from 10 per cent to 25 per cent of the students.

“It’s a human being that they’re messaging, that they know, they trust,” he said. “That’s why what I’m doing is absolutely exploding because the youth are responding by the thousands. I have so many emails, you’d be bawling, as I do when I’m reading these, thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, these are innocent kids.”’

Carol Todd, who met Milmine recently, said the one-year anniversary of her daughter’s death falls on World Mental Health Day. Amanda Todd struggled with mental health issues, she said.

Todd said over the past year she’s realized that confronting the issues of teen bullying and suicide goes beyond laws, websites and school programs. The issue requires constant vigilance by authorities, teachers, parents and young people themselves.

“The truth comes out, I guess, in the data and if the bullying aspects are indeed changing,” she said. “But how do you measure that? Measurable versus non-measurable, how do we gather data to see if what we are implementing works?”

Todd said collecting data on teen suicide, bullying and cyberbullying represents only one piece of the complex puzzle to ultimately prevent young people from harassing their peers to the point where they give up and take their own lives.

The BC Coroner’s Service recently released a study of 91 youth suicides that recommended keeping records of the victims sexual orientation, their social media use and whether they experienced bullying in their lives.

“There has to be many approaches coming at this problem and that has to come from the community,” said Todd. “It has to come from schools. It has to come from parental teaching. It’s one problem, but we all have to target it like a community village. We have anti-bullying day. We have a pink-shirt day. Every day should be pink-shirt day.”

Cyberbullying expert and Dalhousie University law professor Wayne MacKay said high-profile teen suicides connected to cyberbullying have spurred government action across Canada, but the issue stretches beyond government and law enforcement.

“Definitely, it’s bigger than just government,” said MacKay from Halifax, N.S. “Governments are doing a lot more, unfortunately it seemed to take the tragedies like Amanda Todd or Rehtaeh Parsons, and many others in between, to get them to that place.”

MacKay served as chairman of a task force that submitted a report in February 2012 to the Nova Scotia government — Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That — that made 85 recommendations.

“I was under no illusion that we would solve the problems of bullying and cyberbullying but I do think that our recommendations, if implemented, will make lives better for many young Nova Scotians,” said the report.

MacKay said the task force discovered surprising and disturbing reasons why adults are often the last to know children are subjected to bullying.

“We found the No. 1 reason that victims of bullying and cyberbullying don’t tell trusted adults like a parent is (they think) they (the adults) might cut me off the Internet,” he said. “The No. 2 reason: it will only get worse.”

Parsons, from Dartmouth, N.S., was taken off life-support after a suicide attempt last April that her family said was brought on by months of bullying. The family said she was tormented after a digital photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in November 2011 was passed around her school.

Nova Scotia’s Cyber-Safety Act, introduced in April, includes the creation of an investigative unit dedicated to pursuing and penalizing so-called cyberbullies and makes parents liable for their child’s bullying.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia originally said there wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges in Parsons’s case, but after her death the investigation was reopened and one man was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, and another man faces charges of distributing and making child pornography.

A suicide note left by Jamie Hubley, an openly gay Ontario teenager, spoke of the pain of bullying.

Charges were not laid in connection with the deaths of Todd or Hubley.

MacKay said anti-bullying initiatives must go beyond declaring bullying an offence. They must become complete community efforts.

“There needs to be education, prevention and legal responses,” he said.

Most provinces already have laws that make it a duty for anybody involved in the education system, from teachers to janitors, to report possible bullying issues to school officials, he said.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said Todd’s death was a tragedy that should never happen to any family, but out of her personal anguish poured nationwide emotion that prompted commitments to seek to protect young people from threats and intimidation.

“Amanda’s loss was a terrible loss for her family and her community and her school and everybody who loved her, but I hope her family knows that her death did give a real impetus to politicians and leaders and school officials across this country to address bullying with real new agency,” said Clark from Toronto.

In June 2012, Clark announced a $2 million, 10-point strategy to address bullying in schools and ensure students feel safe, accepted and respected.

B.C.’s http://www.erasebullying.ca program allows students to report bullying anonymously.

Glen Hansman, B.C. Teachers’ Federation first vice-president, said teachers have been pioneering anti-homophobia and anti-racism initiatives in schools, but they are awaiting a more co-ordinated approach from the provincial government that links programs with schools, school districts and the education ministry.

Milmine, who is visiting Vancouver area schools this week, said students are remembering Amanda Todd with all their hearts, but he wants adults to always remember to take the time to hear what young people are saying.

“A youth doesn’t go from simply having the perfect life to all of a sudden being suicidal. There’s a big grey area and we don’t have anything focusing on that big grey area.”

A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying.

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Mom on a mission: In grief, Carol Todd becomes mental health advocate

Tonight, monuments in Canada and the U.S. are expected to glow in purple light to commemorate one-year since Amanda Todd’s death. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Tonight, monuments in Canada and the U.S. are expected to glow in purple light to commemorate one-year since Amanda Todd’s death.
(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

PublishedThursday, Oct. 10 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Last updatedThursday, Oct. 10 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

In the year since Amanda Todd took her own life at the age of 15, her mother Carol Todd has grieved while speaking out about bullying, mental health and the power and pitfalls of social media for youth.

Along the way, she has heard from people about how her words affected them, including a young Ontario man who told her he wished he could light up Niagara Falls when she came to visit.

As it turned out, that couldn’t be arranged in time for her recent visit. But Niagara Falls – along with the CN Tower, city halls, water towers, stadiums and other monuments in Canada and the United States – are expected to be glowing in purple light on Oct. 10, the first anniversary of Amanda’s death and World Mental Health Day.

For Ms. Todd, who started working on the Light Up the World Purple campaign about six weeks ago – purple was one of Amanda’s favourite colours – the flurry of e-mails, phone calls and logistical details have given her focus and kept her mind off the looming anniversary.

“It is like something I have to do, a mission, so it has kept my mind off the date,” Ms. Todd said Wednesday from her home in Port Coquitlam. “All of those places in six weeks – and I just got a message this morning that Winnipeg is on board.”

The campaign’s momentum has been fuelled by the use of technology and social media, the same tools that were part of Amanda Todd’s torment before she died and pushed her suicide into the public realm. A few months before her death, she made a video that described how she had been stalked and bullied online after “flashing” someone online.

After she died, the video – featuring Amanda with a series of handwritten flash cards – was widely viewed and shared, in the process becoming a focal point for public debate and demands that more be done to prevent bullying and harassment wherever it occurs.

The video also triggered calls for police to track down the person or people who had stalked Amanda.

Sandy Garossino, a former B.C. Crown prosecutor and co-founder of the Red Hood Project, which calls for social media giants to control and protect children’s privacy online, said she is dismayed at the fact no charges have been laid one year later.

“I really have to wonder why it is that RCMP cannot make an arrest in this case,” she said. “Anyone who is intimately familiar with the online footprint of the Amanda Todd case knows that there are trails and threads that lead directly to individuals. It’s almost impossible for us to grasp that the police have not followed those threads.”

Sergeant Peter Theissen, a spokesman for the B.C. RCMP, said Wednesday that the investigation is “ongoing, active and continues to be a priority.”

As well, Ms. Garossino says social media sites must increase staffing levels to keep pace with technology and combat the exploitation of children online.

Asked if she thinks things have changed in the year since her daughter’s death, Ms. Todd says she believes there is a greater awareness of bullying and harassment, and that schools in particular have worked hard to develop strategies to educate students about social media.

But she believes there is more to be done around mental health, saying she would like to see programs to help children and youth deal with anxiety, depression and other mental-health concerns.

She is currently focusing on advocacy work, especially on raising awareness of mental-health issues among vulnerable youth. She has met the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons, who died after attempting suicide last April following harassment and bullying online.

The work is difficult but necessary, she says.

“Sometimes when you see me and Rethaeh Parson’s family out there – we don’t have our kids, but we can be the voice of change,” Ms. Todd said.

“We’ve been lucky enough to be able to sit down and talk with some of the big players in the country and voice how we feel. I feel that we have been listened to – whether the proper actions come is a different thing.” The main thing, she said, is “to continue to create discussion and debate. Because that’s the way we can forge ahead and make a difference.”

See the original article posted HERE… http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/a-year-after-her-death-amanda-todds-mother-raises-awareness-with-anti-bullying-campaign/article14794517/