Sheldon Kennedy visits Abbotsford for Pink Shirt Day

The former hockey pro, who has devoted his life to abuse prevention and education, will speak at UFV.

  • Feb. 25, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy is returning to UFV on Pink Shirt Day to bring his personal message of empowering individuals to stand up to bullying and abuse.

Kennedy will be featured on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as part of the President’s Leadership Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre (room B101) at the Abbotsford campus (33844 King Rd.).

The former pro hockey player was the first to accuse coach Graham James of abusing junior hockey players, which led to a conviction and, eventually, further charges.

Kennedy chose to “out” himself as a victim in order to expose a problem that had been hidden away in sport.

Since then, he has devoted his professional life to abuse prevention and education.

In recognition of his bravery and ongoing work to prevent abuse, bullying and harassment, UFV conferred an honorary doctorate on Kennedy in 2012.

Prior to his presentation, Kenny will make an appearance at Alumni Hall before heading at 3:30 p.m. to the UFV bookstore to sign his book Why I Didn’t Say Anything.

A coalition of students and resource groups at UFV are promoting Pink Shirt Day with displays and activities in the Alumni Hall above the lecture theatre and in the atrium at the Chilliwack campus.

All proceeds form the sale of pink merchandise at UFV go toward the student emergency fund.