IBM Teaching Respect 2012 Program reaches over 2500 students across Canada.
"Participating in the Teaching Respect in Schools Program as both an organizer and a volunteer has been such a rewarding experience for me. I am proud that the program was able to convey the IBM values of mutual respect while also celebrating diversity and individuality with students across Canada," said Grace Choi, IBM GBS Consultant, Strategy and Transformation.
The fall 2012 launch of Teaching Respect in Schools Program helped to raise awareness of the continued issues students face within schools for being "different" in any way.
Initially developed with a set of school pilots in the Toronto area, the program was expanded into a national effort for the first time in November 2012, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers, and volunteers on previous launches.
In order to create an even greater impact, IBM collaborated with corporate partners such as Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Norton Rose Canada LLP, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP to visit schools and speak to students. Over 350 volunteers from both IBM and its corporate partners reached out to over 2500 students across Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Ottawa, and Montreal during the first three weeks of November to coincide with the annual Bullying Awareness Week on November 12-17, 2012.
Teacher feedback from the fall 2012 program has been very positive: "The staff at Jasper Place was very impressed with the presentation and the students responded very well. We would love to have a repeat of this session next semester if your schedule allows. This is a great contribution to our community."
The Teaching Respect Program national volunteer team and the geography leads are extremley grateful to all the volunteers who have contributed to the success of the program this year. The national volunteer team looks forward to improving the program and adding more launches in 2013.
For more information, or to volunteer for next year's program, contact Connie Bonello or Colleen McDowell, cc: Teaching Respect/Toronto/IBM.