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April 2004 violence stopped being a word and became A CAUSE

Amanda Todd


We are honoured to have Carol Todd speak at the 8th annual W.A.V.E. Empowering Youth Day.

Carol Todd established the Amanda Todd Legacy, in honour of her daughter Amanda. The Amanda Todd Legacy focuses on the awareness & prevention of bullying, cyber abuse & internet safety as well as mental wellness education. Read More

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W.A.V.E. Standup! Newsletter

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A few weeks ago I noticed the work being done by W.A.V.E. The title itself was captivating since it read “Working Against Violence Everyday.” I knew that this organization would be something I could relate to, especially since I have a personal familiarity with this topic.

As a child, I was victim to bullying and violence in school.

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W.A.V.E. Empowering Youth Day

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SNAP North Mississauga

Eight unique young people were recognized and honoured at the 2011 W.A.V.E. Empowering Youth Day, on May 11th, at the Living Arts Centre.

Five Louise Russo Youth Awards and three Leadership Awards were given to students between the ages of nine and 19, who took initiative to enhance their school’s or community’s safety.
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Teaching Troubled Youth the Power of Talking

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The Globe and Mail
Article By: Tim AlamenciakIt’s not easy to persuade boys to talk about their feelings, but that’s exactly what Lorenzo Colocado has been trying to do.For the past three years, Mr. Colocado, 18, has worked to establish and spread Stop the Stigma – a week devoted to raising awareness around mental health issues in high schools around Toronto.
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Former inmate unlocks her true potential

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Metro Canada – March 21, 2011

LaToya Rodney watched the door of the jail cell swing shut. She was only 21 years old. A life of anger and violence put her behind bars, but it was a turning point for the young girl as her hidden talents began to emerge.

“The inmates would hear me singing and rapping. I would sing them to sleep.” The prison guards noticed, too, and encouraged her to pursue her talents. But after she got out of jail, her behaviour and anger got worse when her two brothers were shot.

“I was so into the gang life of retaliation,” she said. Finally, a friend convinced her to go to church.

“People accepted me. They didn’t know the dirt I had done in my life. They accepted me for what I was.”

Inspired to make a permanent change in her life, LaToya became a social worker and motivational speaker. She is back on the tough streets, but this time she’s making a difference in people’s lives.

“You have to understand where their brokenness and pain is coming from. It can be overwhelming at times, but I’m going to make it.”

Article by Teresa Kruze Turning Point