2018 Grant Submissions are NOW OPEN!

PTBM has been working hard to streamline our processes. You asked and we listened. In order to better align our grant process with the school year we are opening our Grant Process Sept 19, 2018. Grants will close December 1, 2018. This adjustment will allow schools and school councils applying to use funds within the current school year.

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Looks who's joined our team! Working with Melinda and Erik Karlsson to put an end to bullying and cyber bullying

He may be the best hockey defensemen in the world but today we are excited to annouce Erik and Melinda Karlsson have joined forces with Proud To Be Me to defend against bullying and cyberbullying.

Can’t Dim My Light was started by Melinda and Erik Karlsson because of a desire to bring awareness to bullying and cyber bullying in hopes of breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion, compassion and equality.

We will be walking together to raise awareness of the impacts of bullying and cyber bullying.

This a free event but we are offering corporate sponsorship opportunities (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the sponsorship opportunities) and we will be accepting donations on site.

All funds raised will be donated to local non for profit organization Proud To Be Me to support their anti bullying initiatives and programs in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

Join us for the first annual Can't Dim My Light - Walk of Light event to be held on September 9, 2018 from 6pm - 8pm at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

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Melinda and Erik Karlsson Announce Anti-Bullying Organization with Walk of Light

Melinda and Erik Karlsson Announce Anti-Bullying Organization with Walk of Light

Can’t Dim My Light will raise funds for anti-bullying initiatives and programs in Ottawa
 

OTTAWA, Aug. 21, 2018 – Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda have formed a new organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the impact of bullying and cyber bullying. Can’t Dim My Light will promote inclusion and compassion through anti-bullying initiatives in Ottawa schools.  

The organization’s first annual event is Walk of Light, a community walk on September 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Kanata Recreation Complex. The 2-kilometre walk is free and open to all. Online or onsite, participants can purchase limited edition t-shirts and glowsticks, or make donations. All funds raised will go towards Proud To Be Me, a local organization that aims to prevent bullying and create safe environments for children.

The funds will be used to run six-week workshops and install buddy benches in deserving schools. Long-term, repeat workshops have been shown to be more effective than one-time workshops, while buddy benches are a growing feature of school playgrounds where children can sit at recess if they are feeling lonely or sad, signaling to their peers that someone should join them and offer comfort.

“We are thrilled that Melinda and Erik have founded Can’t Dim My Light and organized this walk which will allow Proud To Be Me to continue our important work in Ottawa,” said Jody McCombe, Chief Operating Officer, Proud To Be Me. “It’s been amazing to see how families have benefitted from our workshops and how children have embraced buddy benches in their schools.”
 
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