Bullying awareness topic of Saturday forum

Forum will be held at the Township of Langley's municipal hall and will feature a variety of speakers.

The Langley Crime Prevention Society is hosting a free conference on bullying for parents, school administrators, volunteers, and anyone else who wants to become more aware of how to end this growing societal problem.

The forum takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Langley Township municipal hall.

Speakers include Langley school district bullying expert Sandra Averill, Kathreen Riel, from WITS (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) and Diane Sowden from Children of the Street Society.

Crime Prevention volunteer Annie Richard is helping to organize this symposium.

“The more (members of the)public who recognize what bullying is and how to deal with it when we see it, the better off we all are,” said Richard.

Back when she was a child, no one talked about being bullied, “we just took it.”

But “the scars are still there,” she points out.

And that’s why she feels so strongly about offering this symposium which will give people the tools to deal with bullying. There are so many new ways people can bully. Now strangers over the internet can bully strangers, she said. There are too many victims and education is the key to change, she said.

Lunch will be provided. There is limited seating, so people who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP to annie@langleycps.org or call 604-607-0770.

Langley Township municipal hall is located at 20338 65 Avenue.