BullyingCanada is Canada's first youth created anti bullying website and is currently Canada's only national anti-bullying charity. It was launched on December 17th, 2006 by Katie Thompson (Neu) and Rob Frenette. It offers information, help and support to everyone involved in bullying – the victim, perpetrator, bystander, parents, school staff and the community at large.
BullyingCanada has been in newspapers across Canada in multiple languages, as well as TV and radio stations and has been in magazines such as Readers Digest, Today's Parent and much more.
BullyingCanada has a toll free line that people can call 24/7 and it's operations rely solely on donations from the public and businesses as they currently receive no government grants or monies. It is 100% volunteer based and tax receipts are issued for any and all donations made to the organization.
BullyingCanada offers services like scholarships, school programs, book reviews and much more.
Katie Thompson (Neu)
Katie was only 14 years old when she and Rob met through a mutual friend and decided to launch BullyingCanada. While she had no real prior experience taking stands against bullying, she was bullied relentlessly growing up and even after the website launched. She finished her grade 9 year and walked out of high school for good, finishing and receiving her Ontario Secondary School Certificate through online learning. Her story includes death threats, physical harm and daily taunting, as well as a passion for helping others, writing and photography. She graduated from St Lawrence College with her Criminal Psychology and Behaviour Certificate with Distinction and is currently still studying. She is also working on writing her story. She is ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) certified.
Rob Benn-Frenette, O.N.B
Rob was 17 when he and Katie launched BullyingCanada. He was no stranger to talking to the media about bullying but joined forces with her and launched the website together, making Canadian history for being the first youth to take a national stand against bullying. He graduated high school in 2008 and in 2011, was the youngest person to date to receive the Order of New Brunswick. Due to his cerebral palsy, he was tormented relentlessly throughout his school years and even has a scar on his neck from when he was burned with a cigarette lighter on the school bus.