FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to participate and promote diversity and respect in schools, workplaces and communities by wearing a pink shirt on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“Pink Shirt Day is a great opportunity for our workplaces and schools to celebrate diversity while focusing on fostering a culture of respect,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle. “While this initiative aims at promoting diversity and respect in schools, Pink Shirt Day was developed to become a discussion and awareness movement to fight bullying in any environment and directed at individuals of any age.”

Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 after two Nova Scotia high school students encouraged their friends to wear pink T-shirts in support of a student who had been bullied. Since then, schools, businesses, communities and governments across Canada have recognized the last Wednesday in February as Pink Shirt Day.

The provincial government encourages participation in a variety of events to promote respect throughout the year, including observing Diversity and Respect Week in November.