Mauris spearheads anti-bullying program

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Police in Port Coquitlam will soon have new powers to deal with bullies, thanks to a program spearheaded by Dominion Lending Centres president Gary Mauris and the city’s mayor, creating B.C.’s first anti-bullying bylaw.

“We have put together a program and we have put it together as a business in a box,” said Mauris, during Tuesday’s launch of the Be Someone campaign. “This is a foundation, a blueprint…so if any city calls us up today, tomorrow, or next week we can give it to them and they can launch their own anti-bullying campaign."

The program includes online resources accessible through a website called iamsomeone.ca, a bullying-help 'text messaging' platform and an anti-bullying bylaw.

The bylaw, said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore,, is modelled after similar legislation used in Alberta and Saskatchewansaid.

Under the new law, individuals found guilty of bullying behaviour can be fined for $200, the mayor said. The law also allows those charged to take an approved course.

“If they take the course, the ticket will be ripped up,” said Moore.

The launch of Be Someone coincided with what would have been the 16th birthday of Amanda Todd, the Port Coquitlam grade 10 student whose suicide on October 10 put bullying on the national agenda.

Prior to her death, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted. In her final slide, Todd held up a card which read “I have nobody, I need someone.”

Mauris is fighting to spare other Port Coquitlam youth the same torment, taking that message across the country -- a recent stop being CTV's Canada Am. He appeared on the morning current affairs program this week, alongside Todd's mother.

  • Mike Distefano on 29/11/2012 4:32:56 AM

    I am so incredibly proud to be a part of a company such as Dominion Lending Centres who's President, Gary Mauris , has taken the initiative to "Be Someone" and help with anti bullying.

  • Michael Marini on 29/11/2012 4:50:18 AM

    I second that Mike. Amazing Gary! Hopefully Toronto can adopt this program.

  • Rhonda Mills on 29/11/2012 4:51:14 AM

    Awesome, great work Gary. You are a wonderful person and a great leader.

  • mikel on 29/11/2012 6:16:55 AM

    Gary - you're consistently demonstrating the right and responsible use of power to do good for others - good on you, and more power to you. Cheers.

  • mikel on 29/11/2012 7:12:46 AM

    Gary - you are consistently showing great leadership by the right and responsible use of power - good on you, and more power to you. Cheers.

  • Paula Roberts on 29/11/2012 7:45:36 AM

    Gary you continue to WOW me!!!

  • Paul Therien - CENTUM on 29/11/2012 8:26:54 AM

    Gary - This initiative is an inspiration to everyone in our industry, and for all Canadians. As Al Batt once said "It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action."

    Thanks for being someone who stood up and took action.

  • IB on 29/11/2012 8:50:51 AM

    Your dedication to this cause shows great leadership Gary! Thank you for your commitment to bring this very serious problem to the forefront.

  • Bonnie Kehler on 29/11/2012 9:37:47 AM

    Gary...I am breathless, I have read all above and I concur with all.
    WOW, WOW, WOW!
    Dominion Lending Centres - Is leading the industry, not only in Mortgages, but also with heart.
    Luv ya.
    B

  • Gale Tracey AMP, Lead Planner, Universal Mortgage on 29/11/2012 9:51:50 AM

    Congratulations Gary - this could be the start of something big if all communities adopt this policy now instead of waiting for another tragedy that could have been averted with this type of by-law to deter this behaviour in children, teens and adults.

  • Lynne Gibson, Agent YBM Group on 30/11/2012 1:28:53 AM

    Wow! What a great example of leadership Gary. Not only as a business leader for which we respect your talents but also as a community leader. Giving back to the people we serve is the best gift we can bring.

  • Brian Mill on 30/11/2012 3:55:31 AM

    Great job Gary and all those involved in the implementation of this bylaw. As a parent I would like to see much more stringent and effective legislation all across Canada to deal with bullying. My greatest fear is to have my son's childhood memories to be of some bully and not the fun times with friends.

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