Welcome!

News Feed Item

BMO Donates $20,000 to Toronto PFLAG Anti-Bullying Campaign

Ground-breaking poster campaign garnering global attention

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/15/14 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

What was initially intended to be a local Toronto school campaign targeting those who use slurs, violence or any other mechanism to marginalize LGBTQ individuals, has garnered worldwide attention and generated a groundswell of demand for a ground-breaking poster series created by Toronto Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and made possible through a donation of $20,000 by BMO Financial Group.

Schools and organizations from across Ontario, throughout Canada and the United States, and even as far away as Germany have inundated Toronto PFLAG with requests for a series of posters aimed at building inclusive school climates and challenging harmful behaviour through strong anti-bullying messages.

"We are thrilled with the popularity of our posters and their positive messages from schools and organizations all over," said Toronto PFLAG President Anne Creighton. "We are especially pleased that elementary schools are now requesting them as even younger kids are using homophobic language without realizing how hurtful it is. We are very grateful for the generous donation of BMO Financial Group which will allow us to share these posters with many more schools and organizations around the world."

Although there have been many advancements in LGBTQ equality here in Canada over the last decade, a 2011 survey conducted by LGBTQ advocacy organization, Egale Canada, found almost two thirds (64 per cent) of LGBTQ students and 61 per cent of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they still feel unsafe at school, while 68 per cent of trans students, 55 per cent of female sexual minority students, and 42 per cent of male sexual minority students reported being verbally harassed about their perceived gender or sexual orientation.

"As an organization whose core values embrace diversity and guide us in our commitment to create and sustain an inclusive workplace, BMO is proud to support Toronto PFLAG's initiative," said Simon Fish, Executive Diversity Champion for BMO Financial Group. "The overwhelming response to this initiative from organizations across Canada and around the world reinforces the progress we are making and the work that still needs to be done to help parents, families, friends and allies accept and understand LGBTQ individuals."

Gavin Clark, Chair of BMO's LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and Chair of BMO Pride, added, "BMO's support for the LGBTQ Community goes well beyond raising the Rainbow Flag at First Canadian Place; we are proud to have a longstanding relationship with Toronto PFLAG, working with our LGBTQ Employee Resource Group to facilitate several transgender-education events with BMOs management and executive management teams, and to create a more inclusive working and business environment for our employees as well as for our clients.

"Toronto PFLAG's work is extremely relevant in the workplace today. Kids are coming out and identifying as LGBTQ at very young ages now, and it is important for employees who are their mothers, fathers, family and friends to have the resources that will help them understand the issues, and how they can provide the best support."

While acceptance and celebration of each other's differences should be common sense, Toronto PFLAG understands the importance of continued education of LGBTQ issues, and today's donation from BMO Financial Group reiterates their commitment to do just that.

For more information, visit http://torontopflag.org/workshops-resources/posters.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20140815-pflag_bmo_pic01_aug15_e.jpg

Contacts:
Media Contact: Toronto PFLAG
Bryn Hendricks
Director of Media and Public Relations
(416) 875-2635
[email protected]
www.torontopflag.org

BMO Financial Group
Ralph Marranca, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
[email protected]

Valerie Doucet, Montreal
(514) 877-8224
[email protected]

Web: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOMedia

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Father business cycles and digital consumers are forcing enterprises to respond faster to customer needs and competitive demands. Successful integration of DevOps and Agile development will be key for business success in today’s digital economy. In his session at DevOps Summit, Pradeep Prabhu, Co-Founder & CEO of Cloudmunch, covered the critical practices that enterprises should consider to seamlessly integrate Agile and DevOps processes, barriers to implementing this in the enterprise, and pr...
The principles behind DevOps are not new - for decades people have been automating system administration and decreasing the time to deploy apps and perform other management tasks. However, only recently did we see the tools and the will necessary to share the benefits and power of automation with a wider circle of people. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bernard Sanders, Chief Technology Officer at CloudBolt Software, explored the latest tools including Puppet, Chef, Docker, and CMPs needed to...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection.
Data-as-a-Service is the complete package for the transformation of raw data into meaningful data assets and the delivery of those data assets. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lakshmi Randall, an industry expert, analyst and strategist, will address: What is DaaS (Data-as-a-Service)? Challenges addressed by DaaS Vendors that are enabling DaaS Architecture options for DaaS
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...
As someone who has been dedicated to automation and Application Release Automation (ARA) technology for almost six years now, one of the most common questions I get asked regards Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Specifically, people want to know whether release automation is still needed when a PaaS is in place, and why. Isn't that what a PaaS provides? A solution to the deployment and runtime challenges of an application? Why would anyone using a PaaS then need an automation engine with workflow ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed...
The cloud competition for database hosts is fierce. How do you evaluate a cloud provider for your database platform? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Chris Presley, a Solutions Architect at Pythian, will give users a checklist of considerations when choosing a provider. Chris Presley is a Solutions Architect at Pythian. He loves order – making him a premier Microsoft SQL Server expert. Not only has he programmed and administered SQL Server, but he has also shared his expertise and passion w...
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that FalconStor Software® Inc., a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged, hardware-agnostic, software-defined storage and data services platform. Its flagship solution FreeStor®, utilizes a horizonta...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
SYS-CON Events announced today that (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Two leading non-profits focused on cloud and information security, (ISC)² and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), developed the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification to address the increased demand for cloud security expertise due to rapid growth in cloud. Recently named “The Next...
The Art of DevOps provides a fun overview to help teams understand DevOps. Written in the style of the famous 6th century Chinese manuscript “The Art of War,” this eBook describes DevOps in the form of a mission to continuously deliver assets to the operational battlegrounds safely, securely, and quickly. It’s a fun read with valuable insights.