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Former NHLer, sex abuse survivor Sheldon Kennedy applauds new rule that makes reporting abuse in sports a priority

July 4th, 2018 General News, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

CALGARY—Former NHL hockey player and sex abuse survivor Sheldon Kennedy says that a recent federal announcement requiring sports bodies to report and investigate abuse allegations is a constructive step toward child and youth safety.

On June 19, sport minister Kirsty Duncan announced the new requirement. National sports bodies that receive federal money “must immediately disclose any incident of abuse, discrimination or harassment to the Minister of Sport,” she said……

…Hockey Calgary executive director Kevin Kobelka is also supportive of the announcement.

The minor hockey association he helps manage covers male and female hockey players from the Timbits age group (four and five years old) up to junior-B hockey (16 to 21 years old).

“(We) were the first organization to implement Respect in Sport since 2010,” he said. “Hockey Alberta followed suit and mandated its training after.”

The training program is part of a larger group co-founded by Kennedy called Respect Group Inc. Its goal is to empower people in sports to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

The Calgary hockey association requires all coaches to take Respect in Sport’s training program and, starting this year, to get recertified every four years Kobelka said. MORE

Mark My Words — Allegiance shifts back to the Swift Current Broncos

May 22nd, 2018 Sheldon Kennedy, Swift Current

Mark My Words — Allegiance shifts back to the Swift Current Broncos

 

“Sheldon has been a tireless advocate for victims, a champion for a new era in sports + a general inspiration to those who have suffered hardships and found the strength to pick themselves up and channel that experience in the service of others.” MORE

Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

March 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

For more than two decades, Nassar, who also ran a gymnastics clinic at Michigan State University, used his position of power and trust to prey on vulnerable children. Each account of sexual abuse further exposed a culture of ignorance and victim blaming within competitive sport.The enormity of Nassar crimes seems unfathomable. That he wasn’t stopped sooner is unconscionable. There weren’t just red flags. There were flashing lights and sirens. And they were ignored again and again. And as those wrenching accounts of sexual abuse were shared at Nassar’s sentencing, Sheldon Kennedy saw history repeatingMORE

Kennedy and McNeil – Commentary on Responsible Coaching Movement

March 6th, 2018 General News, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

Kennedy and McNeil – Commentary on Responsible Coaching Movement

Monsters roam the earth, and Larry Nassar was a monster. The doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University was sent to prison for the rest of his life on Wednesday for molesting hundreds of girls, and 156 of them stood in the Michigan courtroom to give victim impact statements, and stare the monster down. Every one was a shattering example of damage, of strength, of courage. MORE

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

March 5th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in School, Respect in Sport, Respect in the Workplace, Sheldon Kennedy

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

What everyone who works in the field of politics requires is bystander training. Victims of abuse – be it child abuse, sexual abuse, workplace harassment, marital abuse or elder abuse – will note that they repeatedly tried to tell their story and get help, but nothing happened. “From my experience, a child who is being abused has to tell — on average — seven people before their story is taken seriously,” said survivor and activist Sheldon Kennedy. MORE

Respect Group: Proud Sponsor of USport Soccer Nationals/Scholarship Breakfast

November 2nd, 2017 Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

Respect Group: Proud Sponsor of USport Soccer Nationals/Scholarship Breakfast

 

Sheldon Kennedy, Co-Founder of Respect Group, will be the guest speaker at the WolfPack’s fourth Annual Scholarship Breakfast on Thursday, September 28th, and he will host a special screening of the documentary Swift Current the evening before.

Kennedy commented: “I think these events give Respect Group and TRU an opportunity to show collective leadership within the University sports community. Beyond that, I think it sets the stage for Kamloops to demonstrate to other Canadian cities why being the Tournament Capital of Canada comes with a responsibility to really be the best.” Ken Olynyk, Director of Athletics and Recreation said “Having Respect Group (Sheldon Kennedy) come on as a sponsor for the men’s soccer nationals speaks volumes about the connection and importance of the work that is so imperative in sport, the workplace and our community.  I know Sheldon will have a great message for our WolfPack Scholarship Breakfast and truly understands the connection between sport and life.” The USport Men’s Soccer Nationals will be hosted by TRU at Hillside Stadium November 9-12th.  Information on that event and the 4th annual WolfPack Scholarship breakfast are available on the TRU website: www.gowolftpack.tru.ca

Bill Brooks: Calgary Business Leaders are tops

July 29th, 2017 General News, Sheldon Kennedy, Uncategorised

Bill Brooks: Calgary Business Leaders are tops

 

Being an exceptional business leader is no small feat. Challenges galore test the mettle of myriad businesses whether its the carbon tax, increases in the minimum wage, or shameful federal and provincial government ‘business averse’ polices, it’s indeed tougher than ever to make a buck. MORE

Encouraging respect in Manitoba schools

April 17th, 2017 Respect in School, Sheldon Kennedy

Encouraging respect in Manitoba schools

 

Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, Premier Brian Pallister and education minister Ian Wishart spoke to n Meghan McOmber’s Grade 7 class at Bernie Wolfe Community School (95 Bournais Dr.), on April 10. Kennedy, Pallister, and Wishart were at Bernie Wolfe to announce $100,000 in annual funding for the next three years to bring the Respect in School program to public, First Nations, and independent schools across the province. MORE

It’s About Respect: An Interview With Sheldon Kennedy On Respect Group Training

February 18th, 2016 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy, Uncategorised

It’s About Respect: An Interview With Sheldon Kennedy On Respect Group Training

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Sheldon Kennedy: Child abuse is happening all around us

November 20th, 2015 Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy: Child abuse is happening all around us

Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy has been the face of child abuse in Canada for the better part of three decades, having suffered sexual abuse by his hockey coach, Graham James, over the course of many years.

Following a handful of made-for-TV movies and documentaries, Kennedy’s story has been shared widely as a source of hope for child abuse victims and those who love them. Now, a new documentarySwift Current: The Sheldon Kennedy Story, will be airing on Global TV on Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

But rather than focus solely on Kennedy’s struggles, the documentary’s goals are to “bring a voice to those who don’t have one” and to “paint the picture of the invisible damage” done to abuse victims. Global News spoke to Kennedy about Swift Current, what kids and parents can do to protect themselves from predators, and how much sexual abuse of children is still happening in Canada. MORE

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