Challenge bullying and celebrate diversity on Pink Shirt Day

BGC Okanagan wants the upcoming Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 23 to not only be a way to challenge bullying, but also an opportunity to celebrate diversity.

“BGC Okanagan has been leading the kindness movement in the Okanagan for 13 years. We know that it is imperative to help our kids and the community learn and understand why kindness, caring and treating each other with respect, empathy and compassion is the way to prevent the mistreatment of others,” said BGC Okanagan CEO, Jeremy Welder.

Pink Shirt Day has always been a meaningful day for BGC Okanagan, as it follows their core values of belonging, respect, encouragement and support, working together and speaking out. This year, BGC Okanagan will bring Okanagan communities together virtually for the 7th annual Pink Shirt Day Breakfast presented by TELUS to heighten awareness and spread the importance of kindness and lifting each other up.

Thanks to TELUS, and other community supporters, BGC Okanagan is able to offer this virtual event that will take place on Feb. 23 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

“Through lifting each other up, not only on Pink Shirt Day, but year-round BGC Okanagan hopes to teach individuals to have greater acceptance, respect and inclusion for everyone,” said Richelle Leckey, BGC Okanagan Community Engagement Coordinator.

Professional speaker and entrepreneur, Crystal Flaman, will join the virtual event sharing  her 10 Million Acts of Kindness movement and how this campaign has changed so many lives “one act at a time.”

TELUS Pink Shirt Day Breakfast in Box tickets are now available for purchase, and donations being accepted, at

The goal is to reach $20,000 in donations that will assist BGC Okanagan to offer programs that support children and youth in learning empathy, caring, understanding, inclusion, diversity and community engagement. It will also help continue to provide safe spaces where BGC Okanagan can provide systemic opportunities to all children and youth.

Tickets ($35 each, or four for $100) will get you a breakfast box filled with food, information on how to access the virtual event and other surprises. Boxes will be available for pick up in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. Those who purchase, will receive more information about picking them up prior to Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 23.

BGC Okanagan is also looking for more sponsors to join the movement and be included in the breakfast in a box, if you would like to join our kindness movement please reach out to

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