Former hockey player campaigns against
by Zoe Brown, Jamie Thompson and Janeve Everett
Banded Peak School
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Shedlon Kennedy talks to students at Banded
The mood in Banded
Peak School was electric.
Sheldon Kennedy stood at the back of the gymnasium, which was
packed with over 400 students, teacher and parents. We had all
seen him on television, in the newspapers and heard him on the
radio, but today, we were going to have the chance to meet the
man who skated across Canada in person.
Our principal, Brant Parker introduced Sheldon Kennedy as a person
who has had many difficulties in his life, but he is someone
who has chosen to speak out and make a difference in the world.
Everyone erupted in applause as he entered the gym.
Kennedy shared with us how important it is to let people know
if you are being abused.
"All children born into this world are born with the
ability to love and to trust. When you are abused, you lose your
ability to love and to trust. You don't really care what happens
to you", he told the audience.
"Many people blame themselves, but you need to know that
it's not your fault. It is the fault of the person who is doing
it to you. Children must begin to have conversations with their
parents and other they trust about child abuse."
Kennedy then allowed children from Banded Peak school to ask
"Why do people abuse kids?" a shy voice asked.
"Some of these people want to have control over others.
Some of them don't even think that it is wrong. Some think that
it is a way of showing love, but it is not. It is wrong. No one
should have to put up with abuse."
After Sheldon Kennedy spoke, a group at Banded Peak school called
the Peacemakers presented him with a cheque for over $250 which
we had collected for the Sheldon Kennedy Foundation. The Foundation
will use donated funds to create the Anaphe
Camp near Radium Springs, British Colombia, a place where
Canadian children can go to begin healing from the pain of child
Students present Kennedy with a really, really
Sheldon Kennedy scales
the climbing wall.
Later, the principal challenged Kennedy by asking him if he
would climb the climbing wall in the Banded Peak school gym.
He was able to reach the top. He told us that it was a great
honour to climb the wall. He thought that it was kind of like
the Anaphe camp. It was about trying to reach for personal goals
in your life and trusting someone on your way.
Finally, Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, President of the Sheldon
Kennedy Foundation, sat in on Bill Belsey's grade seven Career
and Technology Studies (CTS) class, which is affectionately know
as "Change the World 101".
The class lead by student Katherine Gronseth, showed them
the incredible research they had done in support of abused children
Impressed by the quality of research and quantity of online
resources that were presented in the class's Web page, Kennedy
and McNeil asked the teacher and the class if they would like
to be directly involved in the management and promotion of the
Sheldon Kennedy Foundation's Web site, www.Anaphe.com.
The students eagerly accepted this challenge and will be visiting
the Foundation's offices in downtown Calgary very soon. We invite
all Canadian schools to take up Banded Peak's challenge:
A CALL TO ALL CANADIAN (and hopefully other) SCHOOLS
Sheldon Kennedy, the NHL (National Hockey League) hockey player
who broke the silence about the sexual abuse he suffered at the
hands of his hockey coach as an adolescent, has just finished
skating across Canada to raise funds as well as awareness on
The funds will be for the creation of the Anaphe camp, a place
where affected youth can go and begin to heal from the abuse.
In partnership with the Sheldon Kennedy Foundation, Banded
Peak School in Bragg Creek Alberta is helping Sheldon promote
the issues he raises and realise his dream for the Anaphe camp.
All schools which are online are now encouraged to help support
Sheldon and other youth in the following ways:
1) place a copy of the Anaphe camp logo on their school's
home page and link it to www.anaphe.com
2) get teachers and students to discuss the issues that Sheldon
3) do research about these issues and create Web pages with
links to appropriate online resources and
4) organise a fundraiser to support the creation of the Anaphe
For more info. please contact Bill Belsey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at the Banded Peak School
and the Galileo Professional Development Centre
Anaphe - a place for healing
By Graham Adams, Tyler Harris, Britney Jones,
Janeve Everett, Zoe Brown and Jessica Cromwell
Banded Peak School
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Anaphe, we hear the word all over the school. Anaphe. What
A man named Sheldon Kennedy is at the top of the Anaphe chain.
When he was sixteen, Kennedy was sexually abused by his coach,
Graham James, over 300 times, once at gunpoint.
Kennedy went on to become a NHL player but he remained silent
about the events of his past life. However, in 1997, he decided
to speak up. He wanted to be heard and he wanted other kids who
had been abused to speak up also.
Kennedy began a skate across Canada and as people started
to follow, he began to work towards his ultimate goal -- to raise
money for a 400 acre camp in British Columiba where abused kids
could come to recover.
a poem by Rudee Hastie
Why does it have to be this way?
Every night in bed I pray.
I could not.
In my mind I slipped away.
It's help I need,
And it's help I got.
Finally, I told myself I'll be happy,
At a special ranch called Anaphe.