Nanaimo RCMP, Crime Stoppers and the school district are looking for artwork from students that deliver strong anti-bullying messages. (Photo: Nanaimo School District video)

Initiative draws on creativity to combat bullying

Nanaimo RCMP and Crime Stoppers invite students to take part in Anti-Bullying Day contest

Nanaimo RCMP, Nanaimo school district and Crime Stoppers have partnered up to promote Anti-bullying Day.

This year’s Anti-Bullying Day initiative happens Feb. 28, and senior secondary and elementary schools being asked to participate by creating images with strong messages that capture the essence and significance of Anti-bullying Day.

Hashtags, poems, plays, songs, videos and pictures are just some of the elements students can use to create positive messaging.

“Students are only limited by their imagination and we expect some brilliant submissions from across the district,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman in a press release.

Six winning submissions will be chosen, including three from elementary schools and three from secondary schools. Creators of winning submissions will each receive $100, plus an additional $100 will be awarded to those students’ schools.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 16.

Electronic submissions can be e-mailed to Const. Misty Dmytar of the School Liaison Unit at

Hard copy submissions can be handed in at school administration offices where they will be delivered to the Nanaimo RCMP School Liaison Unit for judging by Nanaimo RCMP members and employees.

Winners will be announced on Anti-bullying Day, Feb. 28.

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