The Internet plays a vital role in our daily lives acting as a tool to keep us connected while providing endless information whether we’re on a desktop computer or our smartphones. With all it has to offer, it’s important to learn best practices on how to protect ourselves and our families online.
In my role working on TELUS WISE, I’ve had the pleasure of working with and meeting Canadians who are just as passionate and dedicated to keeping their communities safe online as we are. We wanted a way to recognize these people for their commitment, and that is why the TELUS Outstanding Canadian awards program was created. The awards celebrate individuals, programs or organizations that have made a positive impact on educating and providing resources to Canadians on online safety.
We are proud to honour our 2015 TELUS Outstanding Canadian award recipients who work tirelessly to help foster cyber safety:
Anna Crosland is an inspiring and innovative teacher and librarian at an elementary school with a high at risk student population. Anna believes Internet safety is not a topic to be taught in isolation; she encourages students to use personal devices for learning, incorporating Internet and smartphone safety into her digital lessons while encouraging parents to also engage with their children on the topic. Learn more about Anna’s story.
Together, Dr. Craig and Dr. Pepler have spent more than 20 years studying bullying and online harassment in Canada and are leading founders of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) – an umbrella network of 122 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations dedicated to ending bullying. Through their hard work and commitment, they have helped changed the discourse around bullying and online harassment. Read more about how Dr. Craig and Dr. Pepler are making a difference.
Carol Todd of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has worked tirelessly with the Amanda Todd Legacy as a champion for educating Canadians on the importance of Internet safety following the death of her daughter, Amanda. Carol is an advocate for mental health awareness and eradicating cyberbullying. Sharing her story locally and internationally, she turned her tragedy into advocacy with incredible braveness. Learn more about Carol’s story.
Darren Laur is a staff sergeant and certified Forensic Open Source/Social Media Investigator. A leader in his field, when it comes to social media investigations at the Victoria Police Department, he is the “go-to” person. He and his wife also run Personal Protection Systems. Darren has shared his Internet and social media safety and digital literacy education message with more than 235,000 middle school and high school students and thousands of parents, teachers and police officers across the province. Learn more about Darren’s work.
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that develops and delivers digital and media literacy resources to teachers, homes and communities across Canada. The organization believes children and youth must have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. Their research and evidence-driven approach has led to the development of educational resources available online including classroom lesson plans, work sheets, backgrounders, tip sheets and multimedia games and quizzes. Learn more about MediaSmarts.
Congratulations to all the recipients! We are incredibly grateful for their continued contributions to helping keep Canadians safer online.