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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
HCDSB Students Raising Their Voices Against Bullying
The Halton Catholic District School Board announces the system winners of the 2014-2015 Give Respect Get Respect Campaign at the HCDSB Bullying Prevention Gala

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There was standing room only as students, staff, and guests filled the Theatre at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, for the 2nd Annual Bullying Prevention Gala held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 

The gala, hosted by the Halton Catholic District School Board's three Student Trustees, was the culmination of the Board's 2014-2015 system-wide Give Respect, Get Respect campaign that began last November to raise awareness around bullying prevention and intervention.

Joel Louzado, Oakville Student Trustee, and winner of the 2013-2014 Give Respect Get Respect original poster, served as Master of Ceremony. "Nothing is more important to us than having your voice heard," he told the students as he outlined the agenda for the morning and the voting process that would follow.

"We have to look bullying in the eye and say NO! Enough is enough! This is not okay!," said Jason Barron, Burlington Student Trustee in his remarks. "Jesus himself taught us that the way we treat others is very important, and we should treat others the way we would like to be treated."

Halton Hills Student Trustee, Chloe Kemeni, challenged students to 'take the high road', "Say NO to bullying, and YES to respect!".

Following the opening remarks, the student submissions in three categories (original poster, video and song) were showcased, followed by a voting process to select the winning entries for the system. While the votes were tallied, students enjoyed an inspirational and thought-provoking presentation by guest speaker, Ian Tyson.

Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories:
1. Best Original Poster​ - Tina Hoang, St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
2. Best Original Video - Students from Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
3. Best Original Song​ - Students from St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School

Constable Dinsmore of Halton Regional Police Services, expressed appreciation for the quality and depth of the student submissions. "It is all about your voice," he told the students. "You are the change that is going to happen. And it is our job to make sure your voice gets out there."​

The winners will now advance to the regional Give Respect, Get Respect Gala on April 28, 2015.

To learn more about Give Respect, Get Respect​ Halton School Challenge visit the Halton Regional Police website.


The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Halton Catholic District School Board
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