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LBPSB Raises PSI Flag

Founder of Peaceful Schools lauds Lester B. Pearson School Board’s dedication

Pearson is the only board in North America to fully adopt the anti-bullying philosophy

Karen Seidman
The Gazette
Monday, May 25, 2009

Lester B. Pearson School Board officials may have been proud recently to receive a Peaceful Schools flag from the founder of the movement, Hetty van Gurp, but it was van Gurp herself who was proudest that an entire school board had adopted her philosophy.

It is the only school board on the continent to have done so.

Schools mostly sign up for the Peaceful Schools initiative individually, but the Pearson board embraced van Gurp’s ideology from the beginning in 2002 and encouraged all of its West Island schools to participate and to become peaceful schools.

So when van Gurp presented Pearson officials with one of the organization’s flags for its head office in Dorval, she did so knowing that it was the only school-board headquarters in North America that would have one of her flags flying.

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