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.”
 

 

The Karlsson’s first announced Can’t Dim My Light at The Proud to be Bullyfree Gala earlier this year. They were honorary chairs of the gala and have worked closely with Proud To Be Me. 

“Erik and I are so excited to launch Can’t Dim My Light and we couldn’t think of a better or more deserving partner than Proud To Be Me,” said Melinda Karlsson. “By shining a light on bullies’ behaviour, we believe we can help change their behaviour and create a world where it’s easier for young people to ask for – and receive – the support they need to thrive.”  

As hosts of Walk of Light, Melinda and Erik Karlsson will share opening remarks and welcome participants alongside Mayor Jim Watson, Stuntman Stu from Majic 100, and other familiar faces. 

Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to register online at: http://www.cantdimmylight.com.

 
About Can’t Dim My Light

Can’t Dim My Light was established by Melinda and Erik Karlsson out of a desire to bring awareness to bullying and cyber bullying in hopes of breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion, compassion and equality. Being a ‘bully’ is not an identity, it’s a behaviour, and by shining a light on these behaviours we can help change them and create a society where asking for help is easier. Learn more at http://www.cantdimmylight.com.

 
About Proud To Be Me

Proud To be Me (PTBM) is an Ottawa-based organization that aims to stop bullying and create safe environments for children. PTBM was founded on the belief that being proud of who we are is an essential quality for today’s youth. Youth with high self-esteem are less likely to be victimized, are less likely to grow up to victimize others, and are more likely to have a positive impact in their communities. PTBM raises funds for local resources, organizations, and programs that help empower andeducate youth and their families in the mission towards a world filled with compassion and kindness, where everyone is accepted for who they are. Since 2011, PTBM has raised over $150,000 for the community. Learn more at http://www.ptbm.ca.

 
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For further information

Jody McCombe, Chief Operating Officer, Proud To Be Me

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Brooke Anderson, Account Manager, Edelman

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