What does it take to make kindness stick?

Shaw is awarding 10 different schools with a $5,000 Kindness Sticks grant to help bring to life their ideas on making kindness stick. We received hundreds of submissions. To help us choose the best ideas, we've assembled a panel of artists, athletes and educators committed to preventing bullying.

Meet our selection committee

Andrew Harris

Running Back, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Andrew is a four-time CFL All-Star and was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017. Partnering with the Red Cross, Andrew has taken part in the Shaw Respect Camp, a program that brings bullying prevention education to schools across Canada.

Emmanuel (Manny) Arceneaux

Wide Receiver, BC Lions

An eight-year veteran of the BC Lions, Manny is a two-time CFL All-Star. As part of the Shaw Respect Camp, he has worked with the Red Cross to bring bully prevention programs to schools across Canada.

Eric Radford

2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

Eric won a bronze medal in the pairs figure skating event with his partner Meagan Duhamel, as well as a Gold medal in the team event at PyeongChang 2018. As a member of the Canadian Olympic Committees’ #OneTeam initiative. Eric hopes his story and accomplishments as a gay athlete can help inspire other young LGBTQ athletes.

Meagan Duhamel

2018 Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

With her figure skating partner Eric Radford, Meagan won a bronze medal in Pairs Figure Skating and a Gold medal in the team event at PyeongChang 2018. Outside of her career as an athlete, Meagan has studied holistic/naturopathic health and is a certified holistic nutritionist.

Elsie Morden

Singer-Songwriter and Motivational Speaker

At 23 years old, Elsie has already performed during Canadian Country Music Week and was nominated by the Manitoba Country Music Association for Female Artist of the Year. She founded the registered Canadian charity No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society and has visited over 550 schools speaking up about bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and youth empowerment.

Rick Hansen C.C., O.B.C.

Founder and CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation

As the “Man in Motion,” the six-time Paralympic medalist became a Canadian icon by travelling an epic 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair in 26 months. He also created the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities.

Meisha Watson

TV personality

Meisha keeps The Zone and The Zone Weekend fresh and exciting every week. As someone who is always up for adventure, she’s done everything from flyboarding in British Columbia to tobogganing in the desert.

Mike Downie

Multi-award winning filmmaker

As a multi-award winning filmmaker, Mike has always strived to inspire people to action through his films. Along with his older brother Gord Downie, they created the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to help continue the conversation about residential schools and the reconciliation process.

Bonnie Leadbeater, PhD

Professor University of Victoria and Co-developer of the WITS Programs

Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Victoria. She also has lead the development and evaluation of the WITS Programs for the prevention of bullying and victimization in elementary school children.

Judi Fairholm

Director, Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program

Judi has worked nationally and internationally to promote respect and violence prevention programs. As part of her work, she has received numerous awards, including the International Florence Nightingale Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Alayne Crawford

Director, Government Relations, Shaw Communications

As part of Shaw’s outreach program, Alayne advocates for the needs of several communities across Canada. She is also a founding board member of the Canadian Advocacy Network (CAN) which helps charitable and not-for-profit organizations spread their message.

Judges criteria

When reviewing all the submissions, the judges looked to answer the following questions:

  • How does the idea contribute to a positive school environment?
  • What kind of budget does the idea need?
  • How can people volunteer and get involved to make the idea come to life?
  • Who does the idea impact and reach?
  • How is the idea creative and unique?

Which schools stuck to kindness this year? Check out the winners of 2018's Kindness Sticks grants.
View winners