Spreading the message of acceptance, tolerance and understanding by empowering youth to make positive, individual change.
* In honour of Jamie HUBLEY 1995/11/23 - 2011/10/15 *
I remember being 5 years old and having a dream to become a Police Officer. I wanted to grow up and be able to help people.
At the age of 33, that dream became a reality.
On October 17th 2011, I read a story of a young man named Jamie HUBLEY who had taken his own life October 14th, 2011 because of bullying.
I was frozen in my bed. I immediately remembered being 5 years old and having that dream of helping people, yet it was too late for Jamie. I felt helpless.
The more I read about Jamie, and his troubling experiences, the more of an inspiration he became to me.
Jamie wanted nothing more than to be loved. Although Jamie had a wonderful home life, he was being tormented daily by his peers at school. This went on for many years.
Jamie worked hard to spread the message of acceptance, tolerance and understanding. Jamie wanted this because his peers bullied him for being 'different'.
Jamie was gay. I am gay.
Reading about Jamie inspired me to be the person that I could never be when I was growing up.
I used to be the opposite of Jamie in my teenage years. I was introverted, shy, emotional, alone and gay. I never had the courage to tell anyone about my sexuality until I was 25 years old.
Jamie is my inspiration for being so strong, so positive and so courageous. Something I could never have imagined being when I was young.
I decided to pick up right where Jamie left off.
I created this program where I am going to speak to youth and share my stories of being bullied, feeling alone, having suicidal thoughts and also being unique in my own way.
I share how I had a dream and I didn't let anything stand in my way.
Most importantly, I tell everyone about my inspiration, Jamie Hubley. I share his story and what he went through on a daily basis.
I also share how he is no longer with us.
My goal is to appeal to youth on an individual level, have them see the effects that bullying has on youth personally.
I want them to see, and envision, what Jamie went through and understand how words and actions always have consequences.
I also want everyone to know that I am here to help.
From the moment I enter that auditorium, everyone knows they have a new friend. I speak from the heart and hold nothing back.
I let everyone know that I will be there by their side from that moment on.
I created this website, and program, so that youth can message me about anything and I will be there for them. Even if it is just to be a friend, I am here.
I work hard by speaking to any school, community group or person by promoting Jamie's message of acceptance, tolerance and understanding. I will never give up. I will go anywhere, just ask.
Although I have never met Jamie, I feel as though he is my inspiration. I only wish I could have been half as strong as he was when I was in school.
Bullying will never end if we don't start with ourselves first.
As Michael Jackson once sang, 'If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change'.