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Thursday March 28th, 2013

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The WFCU Centre will host former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy as he presents his “Respect in Sport” program on April 4th at 7pm.

Kennedy, who is well known for his outspoken advocacy on child protection and the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment will join his colleagues from Respect Group to discuss emerging best practices from across Canada.

The event will be presented by the Windsor Minor Hockey Association and other local sport groups and teams, who hope to engage other sports organizations, teachers and community leaders in order to educate community members on how to recognize, understand and deal with all types of abuse, harassment, maltreatment, neglect and bullying. Tickets are by donation at the door and Windsor Minor Hockey asks guests to bring a canned good or monetary donation to the Unemployed Help Centre to gain admission.

“This is a great opportunity for leaders in our community to learn valuable lessons from Sheldon and be better prepared to identify and deal with these problems to create a safer environment for Windsor’s youth” commented Dean Lapierre, President of the Windsor Minor Hockey Association.

Respect in Sport was founded in 2004 by Wayne McNeil and Sheldon Kennedy in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross. The program is the only one of its kind in Canada and has worked with sports organization, schools, and businesses across the country in order to educate leaders on the importance of dealing with bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect within their organizations and the community.

The session is open to all adults interested in hearing Sheldon’s empowering message

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