In the spring of 2013, Tad and Andy Buck would meet for the first time at Webber Academy in Calgary AB. Their connection was instant. Andy would believe so passionately in the work that Tad and Bullying Ends Here was doing that he would attend dozens of presentations in the months to follow.
Andy went so far as to get the program exposure on an unprecedented level in Calgary and within the Calgary Police Service. It is because of Andy that Tad would eventually join Andy and become a Member of the Calgary Police Service.
Andy would not stop with his determination to promote Bullying Ends Here. He would connect the charity with many in the Community and eventually become the Vice-President of Bullying Ends Here. There is not a single person that deserves this award more than Andy.
There is not a day that goes by that Andy isn’t developing connections, contacts and strategically planning. Andy is Bullying Ends Here!
Brian BURKE (BURKIE)
BURKIE has worked tirelessly to promote inclusion and acceptance for the LGBT Community, in particular with youth. He has also worked to promote Bullying Ends Here, including generously donating his time at a fundraiser and promotional Public Service Announcement.
BURKIE gives his time, and voice, to a cause that is very dear to him and us. BURKIE is also a founder of the ‘You Can Play’ initiative ensuring equality within sport and breaking down barriers faced by the LGBT Community.
We at Bullying Ends Here, can never thank BURKIE enough for his love and support to a cause very dear to us. Together, we will not only change lives, but SAVE them.
Bullying Ends Here is very proud to present this award as a token of appreciation for all of your hard, and dedicated work to our cause. From the
moment we met, you have been instrumental in the formation of the charity.
Your guidance, direction and experience have meant so much to us. You are an inspiration for all that you do with our Youth and for Bullying Ends Here.
This award is presented to you in recognition of your efforts to help Bullying Ends Here be where it is today.
Your commitment to make a change in this world is inspirational and much appreciated. We could never thank you enough for believing in us. Together, we will not only change lives, but SAVE them!
Ed, your support to Bullying Ends Here has simply been incredible.
You have believed in us right from the start and have been instrumental in helping us garner the funds required to be able to continue helping those that need it most. We could never thank you enough.
John is a proud member of the LGBT Community and has worked hard to promote acceptance and equality within sports. He has stood up publicly, using his voice to help those that need it most. John also helped Bullying Ends Here by providing his time, name and expertise to a fundraiser which helped raise awareness and funds for our charity. John continues to be a voice for our community. Thank you John for being you and for helping those that need it most.
Kathy LE: Kathy has helped Bullying Ends Here on numerous occasions while lending her voice to our cause. Kathy generously donated her time to a fundraiser in 2015 which helped raise awareness and funds to our cause. Thank you Kathy for all that you have done, and continue to do, to help make this world a better place.
In the fall of 2012, Tad was asked to speak at a public event in Surrey BC after the tragic passing of teenager Amanda Todd. At this event, Tad met Laura Ballance who was responsible for the media relations and coordination. An instant connection would be formed between Tad and Laura that would quickly become a dear friendship. Laura, the President of LBMG (Laura Ballance Media Group) based out of Vancouver BC, would offer her services on countless occasions to Bullying Ends Here because she believed in the work being done. Laura worked tirelessly, at no charge to the charity, to get the exposure on the International stage by arranging dozens of media interviews. Bullying Ends Here owes much to Laura, and her amazing team, for working so hard and devoting so much time promoting our work. It goes without saying, that because of Laura and her dedication, many lives have been changed and saved.
Rick MERCER: One of Tad’s personal hero’s for many years, is Rick MERCER. Today, Tad and Rick continue to work together to make this world a better place. Rick has been involved with many LGBT initiatives all across the Country over the years, lending his voice to a cause dear to our hearts. Rick has also given his time to headline a fundraiser for Bullying Ends Here in 2015 while promoting our charity on social media. Rick, you are not only Tad’s hero, but to thousands across this Country. We are honoured to call you our friend. Thanks for being you Rick!
Tara has been a major supporter of Bullying Ends Here for many years. Tara was the first friend in the media to reach out and want to do an ‘interest piece’ on our program when we moved to Calgary. The piece was very well received and led to many requests from schools to have the presentation shared in local schools. The piece is still a favourite of ours. Tara has given her time, support and friendship to our program on many occasions, including MC’ing a fundraiser with Rick Mercer in 2015. Tara continues to be one of the charities closest friends and for this we are grateful. Thank you Tara for being so amazing. Together, we will not only change lives, but SAVE them!
On October 15, 2011, Jamie Hubley committed suicide at the age of 15 after years of relentless bullying and a battle with mental health. Allan and Wendy Hubley, Jamie’s parents, have worked tirelessly trying to help those that need it most since their son’s passing. From working closely with youth mental health charities in the Ottawa area, to being apart of Bullying Ends Here, they are ensuring that Jamie’s message of acceptance and understanding continue. It was in 2012 that Tad reached out to the Hubley family, asking permission to share Jamie’s story with the world. The connection was instant and indescribable. Allan and Wendy have contributed to the book ‘Bullying Ends Here – My Life’ and have also embraced Tad and his journey trying to pick up where Jamie left off. Although a tragedy is what would bring Tad, the Hubley’s and ultimately Bullying Ends Here together, much positive work would result. There is an Angel up above, smiling down on us, knowing that his memory is very much alive.