Can we stop bullies?

This event was live-streamed on Tuesday, September 17th. The archived video is available for viewing below.

Bullying has long been considered a part of growing up. In recent years, however, the problem of bullying seems to have escalated. But why? Increased family dysfunction? Lax school policies? Social media? Peer group indifference? Media hype? In order to protect our children, we need to understand the issue and focus on solutions. Is eliminating bullying a realistic goal or is it more important to equip our children with the tools to avoid becoming victims?

This event took place Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in downtown Vancouver.

Note: Unfortunately Gloria Macarenko was unable to moderate as originally planned.

Official Broadcast and Online Media Partner:



Renee Filippone – Host, CBC News Vancouver Saturday and CBC News Vancouver Sunday


Shelley Hymel – Professor, UBC Faculty of Education; Current holder of the Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning

Lynn Miller – Associate Professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, UBC Faculty of Education

Brenda Morrison, BA’91 – Director, Centre for Restorative Justice and Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Carol Todd, BEd’84 – Teacher; Founder, The Amanda Todd Legacy

Sherri Mohoruk – Superintendent of Safe Schools, BC Ministry of Education



Panelist Biographies

Renee Filippone

Rene FilipponeRenee Filippone joined the CBC team in 2005 and in addition to hosting duties, is the CBC reporter based south of the Fraser. From transportation, to education and the environment, she has her eye on issues that matter to people in the Valley. She is a born and raised west-coaster, growing up in Burnaby and with a Metis mother and an Italian-Scottish-English father, she considers herself a true reflection of Canadian diversity. Renee has a Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Broadcast Journalist from BCIT. She has received a number of Jack Webster and RTNDA award nominations for her work at the CBC and has worked in both radio and television, on air and behind the scenes.

Shelley Hymel

Shelley HymelShelley Hymel is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, with her work focusing on social and emotional learning and development in schools. She holds the Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning within the faculty. The Professorship was established in 2011 to support research in the social-emotional learning of young people.

Shelley is part of the management committee of the Human Early Learning Partnership, an interdisciplinary unit aimed at optimizing children’s development through early intervention and research. She is also one of the team leaders for PREVNet, a national organization focused on “Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence,” and a regional hub director for the Canadian Prevention Science Knowledge Cluster, funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She is on the Board of Directors for the BC Crisis Centre and on the Advisory Board for the Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School for students with learning disabilities.

In collaboration with Dr. S. Swearer, Shelley has established the Bullying Research Network (BRNET), and has co-edited a unique knowledge translation effort – a peer-reviewed special issue on school bullying for the online magazine, She publishes extensively in the area of social development and peer relations both nationally and internationally, with a major focus on school bullying, and works regularly with students experiencing social difficulties and with schools and school districts that want to address the social side of learning.

Lynn Miller

Lynn MillerLynn D. Miller, Ph. D., R. Psych., is an Associate Professor in the Education and Counseling Psychology and Special Education department at UBC. She started her career as a classroom teacher, and then worked as a school counselor K-12.

She has held several research grants, including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant, examining the effects of empirically supported approaches to child anxiety in the public school system. She is a consultant to the FRIENDS program, an evidence-based curriculum based on cognitive behaviour principles, targeting anxiety available to all grade 4-5 students in BC. She has conducted research on other models of anxiety prevention programs in schools, including Taming Worry Dragons, Skills for Social and Academic Success, Cool Little Kids, as well as an enhanced program for Aboriginal children.

As the Myrne Nevison Prevention Research Professor, she is currently investigating anxiety at the entry to school in grades kindergarten and one. She is President of the Anxiety Disorders Assoc. of Canada, 2010-2014, and completed her term serving as the President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (2004-2006).

Brenda Morrison, BA’91

Brenda MorrisonBrenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.   She is a social psychologist with field experience in outdoor education, government administration and restorative justice.  Her teaching and research interests include transformative and restorative justice, responsive regulation, school violence and safety, conflict and cooperation, shame-management and social identity, the self and self-interest.

Dr. Morrison has presented papers at UNESCO, in Paris, and the House of Lords, in London.  She is a member of a number of editorial boards, including the recently launched Restorative Justice: An International Journal. In Europe, she is on the advisory board of Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering Professionals.  Nationally, she is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network) and a reconciliation ambassador for Reconciliation Canada.  In British Columbia, she is a member of the working group for Social Responsibility and Collaborative Learning in Education, and on the advisory board for the B.C. Victims of Homicide Support Initiative.  She is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society and an associate board member of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice.

Carol Todd, BEd’84

Carol ToddCarol Todd is a teacher who works with special needs children and now one of the world’s most innovative leaders of the fight for online safety for children.

Carol runs The Amanda Todd Legacy, named after her late daughter, Amanda, who died after being a victim of sexual cyber bullying, cyber crime, and sexual crime advertising. Carol formed the Legacy in order to work on behalf of the movement to keep children safe wherever they are.

Running a non-profit society on behalf of child advocacy has led Carol to interviews about cyber bullying from leading media professionals around the globe. Carol has also formed strong strategic alliances with world leaders and organizations such as Red Hood Project and The Social Network Association where she is on the Board of Advisors.

Carol believes in working hard for change, as exemplified by her unwavering courage and resolve while enduring grief at the loss of her precious daughter Amanda to suicide in October 2012.

Sherri Mohoruk

sherri mohoruk Sherri Mohoruk was appointed as the Superintendent of Safe Schools in February, 2013. She has responsibility for all aspects of student and school safety with a specific focus on five key areas:

  1. ERASE Bullying strategy
  2. Internal government/national liaison on safety
  3. Threat/Risk Assessment and Critical Incident and Trauma Response
  4. Emergency Preparedness including common emergency procedures/practices
  5. Student issues that include substance misuse and abuse, mental health issues, child abuse and reporting, domestic violence and gang prevention

Previously Sherri held the position as the Superintendent of Liaison. In this position, she provided a link between the Minister of Education, the Ministry of Education and the province’s sixty school districts and education partners. She facilitated connections between ministry divisions, school districts and partner organizations to improve implementation of ministry policy, initiatives and directions.

Sherri has worked in public education in both Canada and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, principal, director for student services, director for curriculum and instruction and as an assistant superintendent. She has a long standing interest in educational leadership, literacy, early childhood education and student safety.  She has presented nationally and internationally at a number of different levels.

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