Renowned Expert Dr. Karyn Gordon Partners with Pizza Pizza to Help Raise Profile of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Building Strong Partnerships Against Bullying

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2013) - As part of its response to the government's call to protect and arm children against various acts of bullying, Pizza Pizza has partnered with Dr. Karyn Gordon, a leading relationship and parenting expert, to help share information, tips and interactive activities surrounding the important topic of bullying in our schools and communities.

"Kids are our future and we support many children's and community initiatives across the country," said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer at Pizza Pizza. "We are dedicated to helping children and teens in Canada develop healthy relationships and tackle the issue of bullying. Dr. Karyn is a respected speaker on the topic and it is vital for us to share her message with kids and provide them the opportunity to hear her speak."

At the core of the partnership is a presentation that Dr. Karyn is delivering to six elementary schools in the greater Toronto area and the launch of a special webpage,, which allows Canadian students to share their healthy friendship stories and be rewarded with pizza. The speaking tour will begin on Tuesday, November 19 with the first in-school presentation at Bogart Public School in Newmarket in the company of the local mayor, city representatives and the Bully Free Community Alliance of York Region.

Dr. Karyn's interactive talk will touch on various topics, including the three traits of a healthy friendship, how teasing is different than bullying (and how kids should respond differently), effective ways for kids to deal with conflict and differences among friends, and the importance of empathy in friendships and dealing with bullying. Students will also receive motivational coaching with advice on how to handle difficult situations.

"Bullying has become a prominent issue not just in Canada, but around the world," said Dr. Karyn. "I'm thankful to have the support of a leader like Pizza Pizza for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help create a dialogue between children and parents so that they can become more open about the topic and take steps to overcome it."

Key Dates and Locations

Date Time School City
November 19     Morning Bogart Public School Newmarket
November 19 Afternoon     Sam Chapman Public School Markham
November 21 Morning Jack Miner Senior Public School       Scarborough
November 21 Afternoon Adam Beck Junior Public School Toronto
November 22 Morning Alcona Glen Elementary School Innisfil
November 22 Afternoon Cookstown Central Public School Cookstown

*please note these events are not open to the public, media must RSVP their presence via PR contacts listed below.

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research, at least one in three adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied, and 47 per cent of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 17 to 23, is part of an integrated campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Education to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment through a broad discourse on bullying.

About Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn is one of North America's leading relationship/parenting experts, a best-selling author, a media personality, motivational speaker and founder of dk Leadership. Her mission is to inspire people to dream their best life and learn the tools and do it! She is passionate about teaching EQ Leadership Skills (Motivation, Time Management, Organization, Decision-Making, Confidence, Communication and Career Direction) to help develop thriving relationships at home (with ourselves; parents and kids/teens; husbands and wives) and at work (inter-generations: gen Y, gen X, boomers, traditionalists; mentors and mentees; teachers and students).

To learn more, visit

About Pizza Pizza Limited

Founded in 1967, Pizza Pizza Limited is Canada's pizza pioneer and one of the country's most successful quick service restaurant chains. With its Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 banners, the company plays an active role in the communities it serves through fundraisers, donations and local sponsorships at the corporate and franchise levels. The company is guided by a vision to provide the "best food, made especially for you" with a focus on quality ingredients, customer service and continuous innovation. Visit and for more information.


Kathleen Stelmach
Torchia Communications
416-341-9929 Ext. 227

Nicole Chin
Torchia Communications
416-341-9929 Ext. 230


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