SCDSB celebrates the International Day of Pink

By Danielle Strohm – Communications Intern

April 8 marked the annual International Day of Pink. Held on the second Wednesday of April, it’s a day to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and all forms of bullying. It was started in Nova Scotia after two students stepped in when they saw a classmate being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Days later, the two teens got their entire school to wear pink shirts to make a stand against discrimination and bullying.

The Simcoe County District School Board has stretched one day into a week-long event. It began with schools in Barrie partnering with downtown businesses to decorate store fronts pink.

Festivities on the International Day of Pink started in the morning with the Town of Collingwood closing part of its main street for a student rally against bullying and discrimination.

Schools across the county celebrated the day in other ways.


At Barrie City Hall, representatives from the SCDSB and Barrie Pride joined local dignitaries to raise the official Day of Pink flag.

On Friday, April 10, schools and members of the community will participate in a scavenger hunt in downtown Barrie. Clues from the hunt are centred on the student designed store windows, public art, architecture and bullying prevention information. Clues can be picked up at the Community Wholeness Centre, 59 Maple Street, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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