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Dina Pugliese

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"If you're feeling lost - surround yourself with positive people. Stay focused on your goal and work hard to achieve it. Don't let any obstacle get in the way - you are your own biggest hurdle. When you get there - keep your feet firmly planted. Enjoy getting there as much as you do when you arrive."

- Dina Pugliese, Co-host, CityTV Breakfast Television Toronto

Success Story

Photo of Katie NeuI am: Katie Neu, 17 years old, from Kitchener

My story: “I was bullied in school every day since I was in Kindergarten. It seemed like no matter what I tried to do to stop it, the bullying got worse. I felt like the only people that I could talk to were my parents, but that wasn’t enough to help me. I felt totally alone.

When I was 14, I met Robbie Frenette online through a friend. He was also a victim of bullying. We talked about our experiences and we were both tired of not having a place to go. Teens listen to other teens better than adults, and we wanted to create a space to be able to talk to each other. That’s how we decided to launch BullyingCanada.ca: the first all youth-created, anti-bullying website in Canada.

The website is everything I dreamed it would be, and more. It’s a safe place for both victims of bullying and for people who bully. Teens can contact us either publicly or privately, and we have resources for them to express themselves and to get help. It’s a great place for everyone to be able to open their eyes about bullying.”

Learning experience: “When we first started, I had no technical experience in web design. I barely understood how my email worked! So that was a challenge… but we knew what we wanted the website to be and we were willing to learn. Now, we’re able to do all the updates and new features for the site ourselves.

“When Robbie and I first started talking about the website, our first rule was ‘school comes first.’ If our grades started to slip, then we would have to give it up. As important as the site was for us, we didn’t want to give up our futures.”

Get inspired: “Just recently I was invited to Queen’s Park to meet the Minister of Education, and I received an official certificate congratulating me for my work to educate people against bullying. It was a dream come true. I was only 14 when I started the website, and I’m just a normal teen. If I can do it, anyone can do it too.”

Katie Neu co-founded and developed Canada’s first youth created, anti-bullying website for teens: BullyingCanada.ca. The site averages over 9,000 hits per month and is accessed by users from all around the world. It’s a safe place for youth to find resources for help and to be able to express their feelings to other teens that have had similar experiences. Once she’s finished high school, Katie plans to study journalism.

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