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Courage to Stand: One Young Man's Story

The word courage means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear; bravery. Another definition for courage: having the courage of one's convictions to act in accordance with ones beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.

Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief's Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) / Conseil consultatif de la jeunesse relevant du chef des services policiers du Grand Sudbury officially proclaimed April 20th 2012 "Courage to Stand" day. The goal of the proclamation is to set aside one day of the year to remind people of the importance of treating one another with respect and dignity and to stand up for their beliefs.

Curtis Paquette shared his courageous stand against those who decided he would be the target of their bullying antics. Curtis spoke to an audience of over 100 people representing youth from the four school boards, dignitaries, and members of the public. He captivated all who listened and it was through his words many in the room will move towards action of advocacy and becoming allies for those who are still in search of their voice.

Thank you, Curtis Paquette.
Your action to share your story is an example of 'Courage To Stand'.
Chief's Youth Advisory Council /Conseil consultatif de la jeunesse relevant du chef du Service de police du Grand Sudbury
April 20 2012


Before you view the video, consider the following question. 

Below are quotes on courage, what personal experience, can you draw from them that supports or disputes what has been stated?

a. "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends." Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

b. "I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." Elie Weisel

c. "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr., "The Trumpet of Conscience", 1967

d. "Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name." Robert Louis Stevenson

 Courage to Stand Questions