2013 Baltimore Public School ABI Winners

Baltimore 2013 Award Recipients








Grade 1: Carson Grimes, Ellie Coyle
Grade 2: Harry Varty, Mackenzie St. John
Grade 3: Wyatt Good, Emily Sokay
Grade 4: Michael Serio, Lauren St. John
Grade 5: Ethan Corkery, Lauren Wenzel
Grade 6: Cole Batten, Megan Storey
SPECIAL: Drew Clapperton

2013 Canada Day Parade

We participated once again in the Cobourg Canada Day Parade and while the turn out was smaller than last year, we had an enthusiastic group of about 60 walkers.

Hamilton Township Police Services Board

Roy Kempton makes a presentation on the A.B.I. program to Hamilton Township Police Services Board at their request on June 27, 2013. 

2012 ABI Newsletter

Here is a copy of our latest newsletter. Please take the time to look at all the great things we have done this year to help prevent bullying. And for all those who helped support our initiative… a great big “THANK YOU”!

2012 ABI Newsletter

Christmas Party Fundraiser donates $400 to the ABI Program

A great big thank you goes out to Pete and Denise Lorenz and their generous friends for donating $400 raised from their annual Christmas Party to the ABI program. Each year the couple chooses a local charity/cause and this year we are honoured they chose us. Thanks again to a wonderful couple for supporting our initiative.

Pete and Denise Lorenz


Scouts ABI Presentation

Roy Kempton made a presentation to Scout Leaders in Training at Woodland Trails Scout Camp in Stouffville on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

Excerpt from Northumberland View.ca

We Are Listening

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Commentary: My County

I attended a presentation last week at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Cobourg.  This presentation was thoroughly advertised in our local media and yet there were only a handful of people there.  The turnout was really disappointing.  What was the presentation?  Bullying Stops Here.  The speaker – Anthony McLean – was very good.  The presentation was informative – with great information for parents on how to speak to their children, and more importantly, how to listen.

During one point in the presentation an older gentleman sitting across the aisle from me raised his hand to ask a question.  He wanted to know, to understand really, why his granddaughter’s suicide in 2008 never received the attention that Amanda Todd’s suicide did.

It took everyone by surprise, including Mr. McLean, I believe, who asked for everyone to take a moment of silence for this young girl.  While the moment of silence was very respectful, I think it was more for everyone to take a moment to compose themselves.

The gentleman across the aisle from me was there with his wife.  They are the grandparents of Abigayle Kempton who took her own life after years of being bullied.  Abigayle was bullied at school, via her computer and her cell phone.  She got to the point where she couldn’t handle it anymore.

According to an article written by Grahame Woods, Northumberland Today, http://bit.ly/RQc9EH , when Abi’s parents started to notice changes in Abigayle’s behaviour they thought it was just a ‘teenage’ phase.  They had no idea what Abi was going through.  She never told them.  “It seems there’s a code of silence among students whereby, even though you’re being tormented, you’ll be tormented even more if you tell someone,” Abi’s grandfather says.

It seems to me that Mr. Kempton had a valid question but no-one was able to answer it for him.  Unfortunately I think that Abigayle’s case of “cyber bullying” was before its time – so to speak.  It was a new term, had not been heard of very much in 2008.  And yet, 5 years later, it tops the news stories.  It doesn’t make Abi’s suicide any less meaningful or important than Amanda’s.  In fact, it should have been more prominent in the news.  There should have been more coverage, more discussion, more attention paid.  If there had been, if we had been listening to what Abi tried to tell us, then maybe someone could have helped Amanda.

Of all the things that Mr. McLean said during his presentation last week, the one thing that caught my attention most was – and he said it jokingly – ‘shut up’ and listen.  Now jokingly or not – truer words may never have been spoken.  How many more Abi’s and Amanda’s do we have to read about before we ‘shut up’ and listen?

To the Kempton’s, the Todd’s, the Hubley’s…we are listening.

For more information on the Abigayle Kempton story and the A.B.I. Program (Anti-Bullying Initiative) please visithttp://www.abinitiative.ca

Author: Written by: Karen Roussey

2012 Elementary School Winners

The following is a list of elementary school award winners:

Grade 1: Nolan King, Kaylin Denis
Grade 2: Matteo Mascarin, Zoe Bergeron
Grade 3: Mitchell Driver, Ayisha Hannigan
Grade 4: Jaxon Cameron, Kirstin Schultz
Grade 5: Charles Dixon, Desiree Nelson
Grade 6: Austin Montague, Hannah Driver
Grade 7: Jared Minifie, Alina Vandergaast
Grade 8: Ian Moshynski, Kyler Greydanus

2012 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Abigayle Kempton Memorial Award Winners!

C.D.C.I. East: Ashley Reyns
St. Mary: Rebecca Taylor
C.D.C.I. West: Mallory Wiggans

CDCI East winner Ashley Reyns



C.D.C.I. East A.B.I. Display


June West, Child and Youth Worker, and C.D.C.I. East students participating in the Anti-bullying events during the week of April 10th to 13th, held a bakesale with proceeds going towards the Anti-Bullying Initiative.  Along with the bake sale, some t-shirts were also sold. C.D.C.I. East supports this ever so important message that bullying is an issue in almost every school and it needs to be recognized and stopped.  Students of all ages need to be continually educated on the effects bullying has on others and how they can help end it.