If you see a whole lot of pink around town today it’s for a very good reason.
Today marks the 10th annual Pink Shirt Day. Started in Canada, Pink Shirt Day is celebrated in more than 30 countries around the world.
It’s a day to stand up, wear pink and put an end to bullying.
With that goal in mind, the Laurel Packing House was a sea of pink Wednesday morning for the third-annual Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Pink Shirt Day Breakfast.
Nearly 250 community members joined together for the breakfast to commit to the Pink Day Promise.
“This is a personal commitment on how you’re going to behave,” said Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Diane Entwistle.
“We all own this and that is the most important message from today.”
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran spoke to the crowd, sharing his vision of Kelowna being a beacon of acceptance and inclusivity.
“What the heck is going on in the world right now? In the last year, it has gotten worse. Sadly because of the political actions of some, it is making it more socially acceptable to promote hatred and divide our communities. That makes me really sad,” said Basran.
“I think, given it is our country’s 150th year, it is our country’s opportunity to be a beacon of light in this day, when so much division and hatred is promoted. It is our time to not only promote our past, but shine a light for the world moving forward.
“I truly believe that Kelowna and the Okanagan can be a place of acceptance, diversity and inclusiveness that sends a message and shining light out to the world that everyone deserves to call Kelowna home and that we are a welcoming place for everybody.”
This year’s key speaker was Dr. John Tyler Binfet – a renowned researcher on kindness in children.
He discussed his work with dogs and children to show the impacts and implications of kindness.
His research shows that intentional kindness – planning kind acts, mentoring young people in planning and being kind, and being intentionally kind to both those we know and to those we don’t yet know has a way of bringing people together.
“It’s a great bridge and the more bridges we build, the better off we’ll all be,” said Binfet.