Events

2016

  • ABI Awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School (See main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CCI and St. Mary (See main feed for photos)
  • Bullying Awareness Week events were held at St. Mary and Cobourg Collegiate Institute
  • Many family, friends and ABI Volunteers participated in the Canada Day Parade.
  • Our partnership with Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre expanded. With the closure of one secondary school, the money raised to provide a scholarship for a student at that school will now be donated to Cornerstone to help supplement their Grade 7 Power program which includes anti-bullying initiatives.
  • The Bart & Jay Slow-Pitch tournament organizers chose to donate any funds raised at their tournament to our program.

2015

  • Our family’s Anti-Bullying Initiative was honoured to have been unanimously chosen to be a recipient of a YMCA Peace Medal
  • Roy Kempton (Abi’s Poppa) was awarded the Lloyd C. Stinson Memorial Award for Community Service. Presented to a resident of Cobourg who has performed outstanding charitable works to those in need, the aged, youth or those living with disabilities. Roy was the only award winner who received an emotional standing ovation! He was presented with a plaque, congratulatory letters from Gil Brocanier, Lou Rinaldi and Rick Norlock and a donation of $500 towards the ABI Program. I am sure Abi’s looking down from heaven sending her love Poppa. xo
  • ABI Awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School (See main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CDCI West, CCI and St. Mary (See main feed for photos)
  • Bullying Awareness Week events were held at St. Mary, CDCI West and Cobourg Collegiate Institute
  • Many family, friends and ABI Volunteers participated in the Canada Day Parade.
  • Our partnership with Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre continues.
  • We participated in the “Youth Matters” event which was organized to help raise awareness on the topic of mental health/youth suicide in our community.
  • We were invited to set-up a booth at “Chazzapaloosa” which is event organized to help raise awareness on the topic of mental health in our community.
  • Roy Kempton continued to make presentations at various clubs.
  • Philip Jolicoeur (musician and promoter) from Peterborough heard our story and wanted to organize several events to raise funds to support our charity. Some of his fundraising events included holding a dance and concert, a stand up comedy show, growing out his hair and his biggest events was creating a movement called the Hairaiser Challenge AND #Letsgetloud Anti-Bullying Anthem that can be seen on You Tube. He and some of his talented musician friends filmed the video with the help of Grade 9 Drama students from Cobourg Collegiate Institute in Cobourg. Visit his Facebook page for more detailed information on his efforts and to purchase any of his promotional items.
  • Our annual Toronto Maple Leafs hockey ticket raffle was another huge success! Thanks to Tom Faughnan from Hanson Pipe in Cambridge for donating them and Lou Pouwels, teacher at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School for buying them. Lou went above and beyond buying them for $600. Thanks so much Lou for your generosity!!

2014

  • ABI Awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School (See main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CDCI West, CDCI East and St. Mary (See main feed for photos)
  • Bullying Awareness Week events were held at St. Mary, CDCI West and CDCI East
  • Many family, friends and ABI Volunteers participated in the Canada Day Parade.
  • Partnered with Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre
  • Roy Kempton made a presentation to the Justice of Human Rights Committee of the House of Commons on Bill C-13 with a particular emphasis from our point of view on aspects of Cyber-bullying.
  • Following our presentation to the House of Commons Committee we were contacted by Facebook to see how they could contribute to the A.B.I. program. A Facebook representative gave evidence to the Committee on the same day as A.B.I. We are currently in contact with Facebook representative Meg Sinclair to see how we can add their involvement to assist our efforts.
  • Meetings were held with Joe Tompkins, Superintendent of Education for the KPRDSB and Gary Woods, Chairperson of Hamilton Township Police Services Board who offered support of our initiative within the Township and schools throughout Northumberland County.
  • The Bart & Jay Slow-Pitch tournament organizers chose our charity to make their annual donation to.
  • We received a monetary donation from the annual Lorenz & Friends Christmas party

2013

  • ABI Awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School and Terry Fox Public School (see main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CDCI West, CDCI East and St. Mary (see main feed for photos)
  • Bullying Awareness Week events were held at St. Mary, CDCI West and CDCI East
  • Many family, friends and ABI Volunteers participated in the Canada Day Parade.

2012

  • Bullying Awareness Week events were held at St. Mary, CDCI West and CDCI East
  • Bullying Awareness events were held at Baltimore, Grafton and Dr. Hawkins Public Schools and Dale Road Senior Public School
  • ABI Awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School and Dale Road Senior Public School (see main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CDCI West, CDCI East and St. Mary (see main feed for photos)
  • Tegan Niziol, a graduating student from St. Mary CSS, made an anti-bullying presentation which included an outline of our ABI Program as part of her Bachelor of Education course at Queen’s University
  • Several presentations were made by Roy Kempton (Abi’s Poppa) to various churches, our Local MPP, special focus groups, Scouts Leaders and businesses.
  • The Department of Rec and Leisure in Port Hope incorporated ABI into their Summer Camp Program
  • Many family, friends and ABI Volunteers participated in the Canada Day Parade.

2011

  • The 2nd “Walk to End Bullying” Rally (Victoria Park)
  • An indoor booth was set up at the Roseneath Fair by Abi’s family to raise awareness in the Roseneath area. Abi t-shirts, decals and pins were sold and information bulletins were distributed.
  • Brighton Canada Day Festivities
    (At the invitation of Ruth Kerr, Community Events Committee chair, the Kempton family set up a booth at Prince Edward Park, Brighton to provide more exposure for the Anti-Bullying Initiative (A.B.I.). The idea proved to be quite successful judging by the number of enquiries received and the number of t-shirts and pins sold. Pamphlets were distributed outlining Abigayle’s story and the initiatives and programs undertaken by the family. We would like to thank Ruth and the organizing Committee for their welcome to attend this event.)
  • Bullying Awareness Week events at St. Mary, CDCI West and CDCI East
  • Bullying Awareness Events at Baltimore Public School, Grafton Public School and Dale Road Senior Public School
  • Anti-Bullying Video was created by Abi’s Aunt Dawn to show at various locals schools to highlight the tragic consequences of bullying
  • ABI Bracelets were introduced
  • On Sunday, June 19, 2011 a church service was led by Rev. Ed Musson at Old St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Colborne on the subject of bullying. Click on http://www.cramahe-now.com for photo and article. (Search “Kempton”)
  • The Department of Rec and Leisure in Port Hope incorporated ABI into their Summer Camp Program
  • ABI sponsored local ladies lob ball team.

    A.B.I. Team: Dawn Clapperton (Abi’s Aunt), Marianne Waldie, Janet Shutt, Nancy Clapperton, Sue Throop, Cathy Cane, Karen Cork, Mary Jane Reid, Taylor Bell, Debbie McBride, Shelley Ferguson, Alisha Bell, Karen Maguire, Cheryl Usher, Paula Nelson. (Missing from photo Tasha Parker, Angela Rose, Stacie Post)

  • A big thank you goes out to Jean and Larry Cooper and Dot and Don Burshaw for organizing a youth volleyball tournament at Jubalee Beach Park. They wanted to donate the proceeds from the tournament to a local non-profit cause. They chose the A.B.I. program in 2011!

  • ABI had an information display set up at the Roseneath Fair
  • ABI Awards were awarded out to students at Baltimore Public School, Dale Road Senior Public School (See main feed for photos)
  • Scholarships were awarded to a grade 12 graduating student at CDCI West, CDCI East and St. Mary. (See main feed for photos)

2010

2009

  • Family created name of charity in memory of ABI – Anti-Bullying Initiative
  • Logo was created from a drawing Abi drew in one of her stories
  • ABI t-shirts and lapel pins were designed and ordered
  • Fundraising efforts began in order to provide 3 x $1000 scholarships at all 3 local secondary schools
  • Abi’s family held first fundraiser, a Yard Sale and Silent Auction
  • First ABI awards were handed out to students at Baltimore Public School (See main feed for photos)