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For four years, a family in our community has had the courage and the love to fight for their daughter’s rights and to raise awareness of bullying in our community and throughout the province. As a result of their dedication and persistence, bullying awareness has been raised, educational programs have been implemented, and government agencies are looking at legislation that will hold perpetrators and their supporters accountable. That family is the Dufours, and their actions have resulted in helping to ensure the safety of all of our children and perhaps in preventing other families from going through the same frustration and pain that they have experienced.

The Dufours have, however, not had the same success in their own case. They are now forced to sign off on the court case that was to vindicate their daughter. They signed off, not because of lack of evidence, but because of the legal and emotional costs. Our own School Board allowed a counter suit to be launched against the Dufours, alleging among other things, emotional and physical neglect of their daughter. We want to stand up and say we are proud of the Dufours. They have shown the integrity and the love to take a stand for their daughter, and the courage to take on the system. We recognize and appreciate their efforts and know the emotional and financial costs for their family have been high. Jamie and her family are frustrated and disappointed, because despite their honest and determined efforts, the community where Jamie was born and raised may not now or ever truly know and understand the truth of her situation.

If you would like to recognize their efforts, and show appreciation and support for the Dufours, please send an e-mail to safer-schools@telus.net

Trudy & Peter Alder

The Cathers Family

Carol & Phil Chernov

Ann & Francis Chiasson

Jane & Gary Clifford

Simone & Jim Crichton

The Crofton Family

Sue & Nils Daugulis

Ginny & Kerry Dennehy

Maureen Donovan & Dr. Andrew Hamson

Anne Fenwick

Steve & Michelle Flynn

Mary & Doug Forseth

Colleen & Dick Gibbons

John and Ruth Howells

Betty & Tom Jarvis

Carole & David Mains

Gail & Paul Morrison

The Munster Family

John Nichol

The Orr Family

Cathy & Steve Podborski

The Ratcliffe Family

John & Moe Richmond

Shayne Roberts

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