Mike Bismeyer of Abbotsford is the recipient of the national Savita Shah Award for his work promoting kindness and anti-bullying initiatives.

Mike Bismeyer of Abbotsford is the recipient of the national Savita Shah Award for his work promoting kindness and anti-bullying initiatives.

Abbotsford man who was bullied as a teen receives national kindness award

Mike Bismeyer is one of two Canadians to earn Savita Shah Award

An Abbotsford man has received a national award for the work that he does promoting kindness and anti-bullying.

Mike Bismeyer is one of two people to receive the Savita Shah Award from the Edmonton-based Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.

Bismeyer is the regional sales director for Canada with Proterra, which manufactures and sells 100 per cent battery-electric transit buses. He was nominated for the award by a transit industry peer who was aware of his charitable endeavours.

Bismeyer said he was bullied as a child for a full year while attending junior high in Mission, and this pushed him to be passionate about kindness issues as an adult.

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He sits on a national diversity equity and inclusion committee through the American Public Transportation Association and is part of the local Cycling 4 Diversity group founded by longtime friend Ken Herar.

With the latter, Bismeyer has sat on a panel that promotes kindness, compassion and inclusion.

In the past, he has also worked with another employer, where he was a founding member of United to End Bullying, through which he spoke nationally about anti-bullying and kindness.

Bismeyer continues to speak publicly about the issues whenever he can, and he has also sold Pink Shirt Day T-shirts to raise money for anti-bullying causes.

The Savita Shah Award comes with a monetary donation to be made in his honour. Bismeyer has chosen the Archway Food Bank of Abbotsford to be the recipient.

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Abbotsford’s Mike Bismeyer, who is the recipient of a national award for his anti-bullying endeavours, sports a “Kindness is Cool” tattoo.

Abbotsford’s Mike Bismeyer, who is the recipient of a national award for his anti-bullying endeavours, sports a “Kindness is Cool” tattoo.