Roshan Gosal (far left) is shown here during a recent meeting of Abbotsford high school campaign representatives, Mayor Henry Braun, UFV president Jackie Hogan (beside Braun), and incoming UFV president Joanne MacLean.

UFV student continues to Spread the Word to End the Word

Roshan Gosal of Abbotsford organizes campaign to end the ‘R’ word

Abbotsford is among the communities taking part in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign again this year.

This is the fourth year that the campaign has been held in the community.

It’s designed to raise awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the “R” word – retard or retarded – and encourages people to pledge to stop using it.

The campaign has been organized locally by Roshan Gosal, a Special Olympics coach who first began it in 2015 when he was in high school.

Gosal, with the help of his fellow Special Olympic volunteers and athletes, organized “R” word awareness booths at local high schools.

He is now a science student at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), but continues to have the support of all 11 Abbotsford high schools, Mayor Henry Braun, the City of Abbotsford, and UFV.

Gosal was asked to speak at UFV’s Town and Gown Gala in November and held a successful End the Word campaign at UFV through the Friends of the Special Olympics Club.

“My goal continues to be to spread this awareness campaign throughout B.C.,” he said.

“Schools and universities are embracing this message of inclusiveness and are expressing their support in wonderful and varying manners at different times of the year.”

Gosal said he has invited every public school in B.C. to join the initiative.

“I feel we can all be reminded of the power of our words,” he said.

To join the campaign or for more information, visit r-word.org.

Just Posted

Third man arrested and charged for bus-terminal assault of man with austism

Jaspaul Uppal turned himself in to Abbotsford Police over the weekend

Paint night raises funds for Matthew’s House in Abbotsford

Event on May 27 among a series of upcoming fundraisers organized by pair

‘Why not Abbotsford’: Mayor working to see pro hockey return to city

Henry Braun says he has tried continuously to bring a team back to the Abbotsford Centre

Bearcats men’s basketball team hires new coach

Rod Adrian set to take over coaching duties this fall

Man airlifted to hospital following mushroom farm stabbing

Abbotsford Police speaking with two men from the scene

ACS Knights, MEI Eagles win big at FV Track Championships

Abbotsford athletes excel at last week’s event, look ahead to provincials later this month

Vancouver, Squamish pipeline challenges dismissed by court in B.C.

Justice Christopher Grauer ruled the province’s decision to issue the certificate was reasonable

Early learning programs for Indigenous kids get $30M boost

B.C. government to help expand Aboriginal Head Start Association programs with three-year funding

Ferry sailing cancelled after ship’s second officer falls ill

Coastal Inspiration’s 8:15 p.m. sailing to Nanaimo on Tuesday cancelled, passengers to be compensated

Drivers could pay $8 per day to help cut gridlock under new plan

Mobility pricing report outlines two existing models to cut Metro Vancouver congestion by 20-25%

B.C. man recounts intense rescue of couple caught in mudslide

Something told Dan Anderson to go back to the scene of a major mudslide on the long weekend.

Vancouver police cleared after man sets fire to himself, McDonald’s

Independent Investigations Office report released into March incident at Commercial and Broadway

The priciest home for sale in Canada: A $38M Vancouver penthouse

Canada’s luxury real estate: The top 10 most expensive properties for sale right now

VIDEO: The inspiration behind a gang presentation in elementary schools

FIRST IN A SERIES: One Mountie’s tale of recognizing youth recruitment in gangs, and how Surrey RCMP are trying to stop it

Most Read