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KPMG in Canada joins forces with Respect Group Inc.

January 15th, 2019 Press Releases, Respect in the Workplace

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KPMG LLP 

Jan 15, 2019, 08:00 ET

Strategic alliance formed to create respectful, healthy and safe workplaces

TORONTOJan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – KPMG in Canada announced today that it has joined forces with Respect Group, a forward-thinking organization founded by former NHLer turned victims’ rights crusader Sheldon Kennedy to deliver training to organizations to equip employees with the education and skills needed to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) in the workplace. Together, KPMG and Respect Group will provide companies with a leading-edge training curriculum that addresses the evolving needs of the #MeToo era.

“By joining forces with KPMG we elevate the potential to really change culture, not just push for compliance. This alliance and our collaborative approach to creating more respectful workplaces allows organizations to move from policy to making this a priority,” says Sheldon Kennedy, Co-Founder of Respect Group. “I am excited to keep moving the bar alongside KPMG!”

The curriculum begins with a foundational, online ‘Respect in the Workplace’ certification for employees before shifting to customized, client-specific, on-site workshops that build awareness and knowledge, followed by ongoing ‘Lunch & Learns’ to provide employees with the skills needed to contribute to a respectful workplace.

“Enabling organizations to build and sustain respectful cultures and mentally healthy workplaces are key priorities for us at KPMG,” says Soula Courlas, Partner and National Leader for People & Change Advisory Services. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Sheldon and Respect Group to help businesses enhance their workplace cultures, not only to eliminate unacceptable behaviours, but to create positive and supportive environments that unlock the diverse skills and ideas of their most valuable asset – their people. We truly look forward to making a positive impact on workplaces across the country through this practical and powerful service offering.”

By joining forces, KPMG in Canada and Respect Group will begin to change workplace cultures by helping companies on their journey to prevent BAHD, empower the bystander and create a psychologically safe workplace.

About KPMG in Canada

KPMG LLP, an Audit, Tax and Advisory firm (kpmg.ca) is a limited liability partnership, established under the laws of Ontario, and the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG has over 7,000 professionals/employees in 38 locations across Canada serving private and public sector clients. KPMG is consistently recognized as an employer of choice and one of the best places to work in the country.

The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.

About Respect Group Inc.

Respect Group (respectgroupinc.com) was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Respect Group is made up of a team of over 30 talented individuals whose passion is to create a global culture of Respect. As Canada’s leading on-line provider of prevention education related to BAHD, Respect Group has certified over 1.2 Million Canadians involved in sport, schools and the workplace. Respect Group is a Certified B Corporation (bcorporation.net).

SOURCE KPMG LLP

For further information: Danica Kelly, dkelly@respectgroupinc.com

Sheldon Kennedy Hands Child Advocacy Centre Back To The Community

December 11th, 2018 Press Releases, Sheldon Kennedy

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Respect Group is proud of the work Sheldon Kennedy has done for the community of Calgary and beyond. We fully support his decision to hand the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre back to the community.

 

Please read below for Sheldon’s statement.

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For Release December 11, 2018 at 12 PM MST

 

Sheldon Kennedy hands Child Advocacy Centre back to the Community

 

I write this with some sadness, a great sense of relief and, with no regrets. I have given it my all.

 

For the last 23 years I have made myself personally accessible and available to advocate and help those in need of telling their stories of abuse. I have spoken, one on one with thousands of victims, engaged in countless media interviews, keynote speeches, fundraisers, lobbied governments to change legislation and even in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness. It has been a daunting and all-consuming commitment.

 

From first introducing the idea of a Child Advocacy Centre to our Chief of Police in 2010, to opening the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre in 2012 and having it renamed the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in 2013, I further stepped up that important work through my volunteer commitment to the SKCAC. I now understand that my name on the building really meant a personal responsibility for the day to day practice, the wellness of our front-line workers, the satisfaction of our donors and volunteers and the proper treatment of the victims we serve. This has been a very rewarding 8 years of my life and, at the same time, it has taken its toll.

 

For the past several months I have had ongoing and emotional conversations with my family and close friends. They have been a great support and, through this process, I have decided to remove my name from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

 

I always preach to others that, first and foremost, they need to take care of their own mental health and find balance in their lives. I now need to take my own advice.

 

I need to refocus my efforts on my work at Respect Group, the company I co-founded, that educates those involved in sport, schools and the workplace on the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. We have trained over 1.2 million Canadians thus far but there is much more to be done including our involvement in the International Safe Sport movement. And, most importantly, I want to give my full attention and love to my family.  My daughter Ryan, who is now in University, my partner Jen and our five month old son, Lochlin.  I want to be present and enjoy being the best dad and partner I can possibly be.

 

I want to acknowledge all of the front line workers that have or continue to work at the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre.  You are my heroes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to each of the Agencies who took the risk of working together, you have demonstrated that integrated practice is possible and creates better outcomes for victims. You have also set the standard for your colleagues across the province working in the other regional Child Advocacy Centres.

 

I want to thank the media for your incredible support. You were always there to help tell my story and leverage the message to educate Canadians and offer solutions.  You have allowed us to change the conversation on these issues forever.

 

I want to thank every corporation, individual and event that gave so generously to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.  You have all made a significant difference with your kind gifts. I know you will continue to support the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre.

 

To those who have served on the Board, the SKCAC core staff and volunteers, thank you for your passion and dedication.

 

To Prime Minister Stephen Harper, The Honourable Rona Ambrose and The Honourable Peter MacKay: thank you for understanding the importance of Child Advocacy Centres, the impact of early childhood trauma and for your leadership in creating the Victims Bill of Rights. I am honoured to have been able to work with each of you. Thank you for helping us elevate the conversation to a level not previously seen.

 

To the thousands of victims we have served: be proud that you have found your voice, stay strong and make healing your focus. You continue to inspire me.

 

To those victims who still may not have come forward: you will always have a safe place to go and be heard at the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre.

 

Today, I am healthy and excited about my next chapter. I will continue the crusade, but with greater balance. I am also comforted to know that the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre and our community are ready to carry the torch. It has become clear that I will not be able to achieve the critical balance I need in my life without taking my name off the Centre. Furthermore, our community will never fully own the issues with my name still on it. The time has come and the future is bright.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheldon Kennedy, CM, AOE, OM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheldon Kennedy will not be making any further comments.

For any inquiries please contact Sheldon.info@respectgroupinc.com

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Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Offering certification programs for Community/Sport Organizations (Respect in Sport), Schools and the Workplace, Respect Group has certified over 1,200,000 Canadians.

 

We welcome and encourage organizations to view our programs at: www.respectgroupinc.com

 

 

University of Regina Launches UR Respect Program with Respect Group

October 29th, 2018 Press Releases, Respect in the Workplace

University of Regina Press Release:

“I believe that universities – and OUR University in particular – should not simply reflect the society in which we live. Rather, universities should be a reflection of the society in which we WANT to live – a society that is free from bullying, harassment, discrimination, and incivility.
As an educational institution devoted to sharing knowledge and serving the public, we have a responsibility – and a tremendous opportunity – to be leaders in our community.

That is a commitment we have made collectively through our strategic plan, peyak aski kikawinaw, and it is a commitment that begins with each of us as individuals.
All of us want to live, work, study and socialize in the healthiest, safest and most supportive environment possible, and the UR Respect program is an important means of fostering such an environment on our campus.

 

By participating in the program, all of us are building on the tradition of respect and concern for others that has helped define the University of Regina for the past four decades.
Perhaps more importantly, however, our participation is a commitment to the future – a future in which all faculty members, staff, students, and visitors to our University feel as if they are welcomed, respected, and valued for who they are.

That commitment goes far beyond the borders of our University, and deep into the society in which we live – and indeed WANT to live.

I firmly believe that the values of respect, civility, compassion and understanding that we demonstrate, promote and uphold at the University of Regina will always find their counterparts in the world around us.

By educating ourselves and holding true to these values in all aspects of our lives, we can set a powerful example for others and make a positive impact in our communities.

On behalf of the University of Regina and the communities we serve, thank you for participating in the UR Respect program.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor

Swimming Canada and key partners join Responsible Coaching Movement

October 17th, 2018 Press Releases, Respect in Sport

Swimming Canada, every single provincial swimming organization, and the Canadian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (CSCTA) are partnering to sign on to the Responsible Coaching Movement.

“There is no place for abuse, harassment or discrimination in our sport,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “With our key partners, we are committing to strengthen the processes we already have in place to ensure our athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers are able to participate in safe, inclusive and respectful training and competitive environments. We are committed to these values through our Safe Sport initiatives, and I’m proud that our partners are stepping up to demonstrate their commitment as well.”

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. A result of extensive ongoing consultation with the Canadian sport community, the RCM is a call to action for organizations to implement realistic change to address the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming Canada will be implementing the Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program and Respect in Sport Parent bullying abuse and harassment training prevention program to prevent and eliminate bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport. 

Government Of Saskatchewan First In Canada To Launch Government-Wide Respect In The Workplace Training For Employees

October 2nd, 2018 Press Releases, Respect in the Workplace

 

Respect Group is proud to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan and commends them on being the first government in Canada to take the proactive measure of training all employees as a commitment to creating and maintaining safe, healthy work environments.

The Government of Saskatchewan – October 1st, 2018

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing all employees with Respect in the Workplace training to support healthy and inclusive workplaces for government employees.

“We are proud to be the first government in Canada to offer this comprehensive training program to all employees,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said on behalf of Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission Ken Cheveldayoff.  “This is part of a commitment to safe, healthy workplaces and improving service to our clients and citizens, by providing our employees with training on important topics.”

 

Government is partnering with Respect Group Inc. to deliver the 90-minute online training course.  Training will be available to employees for the next four years and includes modules about: bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, mental health, managing emotions, transgender awareness, social media, recognizing and responding to incidents, and signs and symptoms of workplace issues.

“I know that proactive education is the only way to empower the bystander and polish the good apples,” Respect Group Co-Founder Sheldon Kennedy said.  “This is what Respect in the Workplace is all about.  I am so proud of my friends in the Saskatchewan government for their leadership and making this commitment to all of their employees.”

The Respect in the Workplace training is a part of government’s inclusion and healthy workplaces strategies.

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For more information, contact:

Eilidh Thain
Public Service Commission
Regina
Phone: 306-787-7153
Email: eilidh.thain@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-529-5040

RESPECT GROUP APPLAUDS MINISTER DUNCAN’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDING AGREEMENTS TO END ABUSE, HARASSMENT + DISCRIMINATION IN SPORT

June 19th, 2018 Press Releases, Respect in Sport

 

June 19, 2018
For Immediate Release

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced stronger measures to eliminate harassment in the Canadian sport system.

“All Canadians deserve to participate and compete in a sport environment, free from harassment, abuse or discrimination, regardless of gender, race, religion, language, age and ability. The Government of Canada recognizes the presence of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport and is committed to stopping further instances.”

New provisions in funding agreements will support eligible sport organizations in fostering healthy and safe workplace environments.

Effective immediately:

 

  • Federally funded sport organizations must take all necessary measures to create a workplace free from harassment, abuse or discrimination of any kind.
  • They must immediately disclose any incident of harassment, abuse or discrimination that could compromise the project or programming to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
  • They must make provisions—within their governance framework—for access to an independent third party to address harassment and abuse cases.
  • They must provide mandatory training on harassment and abuse to their members by April 1, 2020 and are challenged to make this a priority and put mandatory training in place as soon as possible.

 

“Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable, and the safety and security of athletes, coaches and officials is always our top priority. We all must play a role in protecting our young people and our athletes: to speak up when we see something that doesn’t seem quite right and to listen—really listen—to our athletes. And most importantly, to act when the situation demands it to ensure our athletes always have the support they need from us.”

—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

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Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Offering certification programs for Community/Sport Organizations (Respect in Sport), Schools and the Workplace, Respect Group has certified over 1,000,000 Canadians.

 

We welcome and encourage sport organizations to view our programs at: www.respectinsport.com

For more information please email: info@respectgroupinc.com

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FOR ABUSE-FREE SPORT: UNANIMOUS MOTION AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Quebec is the first province to react

June 12th, 2018 Press Releases, Respect in Sport

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Quebec City, Quebec, June 12, 2018 – This morning, four of Bertrand Charest’s 12 victims, Geneviève Simard, Anna Prchal, Gail Kelly and Émilie Cousineau, accompanied by JD Miller, B2ten president and co-founder, and Dominick Gauthier, B2ten co-founder and program director, attended the National Assembly of Quebec. On this occasion, the Minister of Education, Leisure and Sport (MELS) filed a motion to develop a government plan to prevent all forms of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in sport.

 

Adopted unanimously in a spirit of non-partisanship, the motion calls for the MELS to implement an action plan by 2020. The 12 victims asked that the plan contain the following:

  • an amendment to the province’s sport federation recognition program (PQRFSQ) requiring that an action plan be adopted and submitted to prevent physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse in sport in Quebec;
  • mandatory training for coaches, athletes, volunteers and all other persons in contact with athletes;
  • accountability on the part of sport federations;
  • clearly defined policies and procedures to protect athletes;
  • a safe and independent approach to allow athletes and others in the sport world to report incidents;
  • an independent body to investigate complaints;
  • that the federations’ funding be contingent on compliance with the action

 

“This is an important day for the 12 victims, who have acted with determination to shine a spotlight on this significant problem in our society. The Government of Quebec has heard them and taken the necessary measures to prevent all forms of abuse in sport,” said JD Miller. “On behalf of B2ten, I would like to thank all the members of the National Assembly. Your unanimous adoption of this motion sends a strong, clear message to the other provinces and territories, and to Ottawa.”

 

“I’m extremely proud that I’ve been able to help make a difference in protecting athletes, regardless of their sport. It wasn’t easy to relive those moments, but knowing that regulations will be put in place to prevent abuse makes it worthwhile,” said Geneviève Simard.

 

“We decided to speak publicly because of all the encouragement we received from parents and other athletes. With an action plan to prevent all forms of abuse, I would feel more comfortable letting my children join a sport federation one day,” said Gail Kelly. “This past week has been particularly emotional. We received truly incredible, comforting support. You can tell that this issue strikes a chord with Quebecers and Canadians. I know that going public was the right choice now that I see things moving in the right direction,” said Anna Prchal.

 

“If our story inspires others to confide in someone, to seek help, that’s a victory in itself. With a program in place, athletes will be better protected,” said Émilie Cousineau.

 

“Quebec has always been a leader in amateur sport development. This was clearly demonstrated this morning. We hope that the other provinces and the federal government will quickly follow suit so that all athletes can practice sport in an abuse-free environment,” stated JD Miller.

 

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RESPECT GROUP CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY TO KEEP CANADIAN SPORT FREE FROM MALTREATMENT

June 8th, 2018 Activity Leaders, General News, Parents, Press Releases, Respect in Sport

 

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June 6, 2018

Respect Group commends the bravery of the former members of the National Ski Team, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard and the many other women who have come forward to disclose their stories and share their collective goal in calling for safer sport. They represent a multitude of past victims and their voices have already inspired other courageous individuals to come forward.

 

Respect Group also applauds the leadership of B2Ten, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Sport Dispute and Resolution Centre of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for bringing this critical topic to the forefront and advocating for sport that is free from maltreatment. These recommendations include;

 

  • Mandatory online training as to rights, responsibilities, obligations and awareness for athletes, coaches, professional service providers and management;
  • Development, adoption and adherence of Policies and Procedures to prevent all forms of maltreatment;
  • An independent avenue for parties to raise concerns when issues arise;
  • The rule of two; insuring, within reason, that young athletes are not left on their own with a coach, staff or other personnel for an extended duration.

 

 

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Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Offering certification programs for Community/Sport Organizations (Respect in Sport), Schools and the Workplace, Respect Group has certified over 1,000,000 Canadians.

 

 

 

RESPECT GROUP EN APPELLE À UNE PLUS GRANDE IMPUTABILITÉ POUR GARDER LE SPORT CANADIEN À L’ABRI DE LA MALTRAITANCÉ

 

6 juin 2018

Respect Group salue la bravoure des anciens membres de l’équipe nationale de ski, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal et Geneviève Simard et les nombreuses autres femmes qui ont dévoilé leur histoire et partagé leur objectif commun en réclamant une sécurité accrue en sport. Elles  représentent une multitude de victimes passées, et leurs voix ont déjà inspiré d’autres personnes courageuses à se manifester.

 

Respect Group applaudit également le leadership de B2dix, l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs, le Centre de règlement des différends sportifs du Canada et le Centre canadien de protection de l’enfance pour avoir porté ce sujet critique au premier plan et exigé un sport exempt de  maltraitance. Ces recommandations comprennent :

 

  • Une formation en ligne obligatoire sur les droits, les responsabilités, les obligations et la sensibilisation des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des fournisseurs de services professionnels et de la direction;
  • L’élaboration, l’adoption et l’adhésion aux politiques et procédures visant à prévenir toutes les formes de maltraitance;
  • Un canal indépendant offert à toutes les parties pour partager les préoccupations lorsque des problèmes surviennent;
  • La règle de deux : s’assurer, dans la mesure du possible, que les jeunes athlètes ne soient pas seuls avec un entraîneur ou tout membre du personnel pendant une période prolongée.

 

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Respect Group a été constitué le 5 avril 2004 par les cofondateurs Sheldon Kennedy et Wayne McNeil pour poursuivre une passion commune: la prévention de l’intimidation, de l’abus, du harcèlement et de la discrimination. Offrant des programmes de certification pour les organismes communautaires / sportifs (Respect et sport), les écoles et le milieu de travail, Respect Group a certifié plus de 1,000,000 de Canadiens.

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