A local group that worked to end bullying by promoting anti-bullying in schools across the country is shutting down as its executive director steps down.
Corina Morrison (pictured) will be leaving her role with the London Anti-Bullying Coalition at the end of June.
The organization was run entirely by volunteers without ongoing funding.
Morrison tells AM980 it was a not an easy decision to make.
“I’ve agonized over it for probably the last couple of years, just kind of watching what’s happening out there and receiving the phone calls and emails from parents and I just can’t do it anymore. There’s no funding available and it’s been 12 years of volunteering and trying to make a difference out there.”
Highlights of Morrison’s work can be found in changes to the Education Act, three provincial bills for safe schools, two federal bills, and changing the Criminal Code of Canada to include making it an offense to distribute inappropriate, non-consensual images.
Morrison explains what her work entailed.
“Just walking with parents through their issues of trying to keep their kids safe in school, so I’ve been honoured by that. It’s making change, it’s trying to get people to change their moral compass when it comes to bullying.”
Morrison hopes that other volunteers will step up to continue to advocate for the needs of victims of bullying.
The LABC website will remain up until June 30, 2017 as a resource to support parents, educators, and students who rely on its services.