Press Releases 2006
For immediate release
May 16, 2006
PC Education Critic Calls on Education Minister to Adopt
(Queen's Park) PC Education Critic and Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees called on the Education Minister today to adopt the Lions-Quest program to address the growing problem of bullying and safety in Ontario 's schools.
Klees was responding to the Minister of Education's statement in the legislature which re-stated the government's commitment to spending millions of dollars to deal with the issue of safety in Ontario 's schools.
"R a ther th a n trying to re-invent the wheel a t gre a t cost to the t a xp a yers, why won't the Minister a gree to support the province-wide implement a tion of the Lions-Quest progr a m," s a id Klees. "The former minister of educ a tion ignored repe a ted requests for meetings with represent a tives of this very successful progr a m, a nd I would hope th a t the new minister will a t the very le a st find the time to consider the progr a m's proven benefits".
The Lions-Quest Program, which was developed by the Lions Organization and is supported by Lions Clubs across the province, provides research-based tools empowering students to develop respect, responsibility and caring behaviours within a safe and nurturing environment, actively engaging educators, parents and community members in reinforcing respect and responsibility
The program has been successfully incorporated into many York Region schools' anti-bullying strategy.
"The government should embrace this very successful program and accept the help that is being offered by the Lions Clubs of our province," said Klees.
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