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Inspiring Speakers

Event Emcee

Robin Farrell, Morning Show Host “The Robin & AJ Show” at Ocean 98.5 – Rogers Radio, Victoria

Robin Farrell is an award-winning broadcaster with 16 years of morning show experience – 11 of which have been spent here in Victoria. She previously worked as a morning show host for 107.3 KOOL FM in Victoria, and Q103.1 in Kelowna. Robin started her broadcasting career as an intern on the morning show at 104.9 XFM and worked evenings and weekends at 96.9 JACK FM in Vancouver. She was a recipient of the “Morning Show of the Year” award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in 2013, and was a nominee for the Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards in 2013. Robin rode the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock as a media rider raising money for pediatric cancer research, and was a nominee for the 2016 National Philanthrophy Awards in Victoria for Co-Founding and Co-Chairing the Cycle of Hope Society – a 5 year fundraising project that raised awareness and inspired hope in families living with ALS. Robin is excited to be continuing her radio career at Ocean 98.5 in Victoria and loves being a part of our community.

Keynote Speakers

Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC)

Tracy is the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a Provincial Association that supports 240 anti-violence programs across BC that specialize in responding to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and stalking. Tracy is also the Co Chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada, the national entity that is working with the CFL for the development and implementation of it’s new national Violence Against Women Policy. Tracy is a three-time Governor General of Canada medal recipient, the most recent in 2014 where she was honored with the GG medal in recognition of the Persons Case for ‘exemplary contributions towards the equality of women in Canada’. Tracy is a member of B.C.’s current Domestic Violence Death Review Panel and was a member of the 2010 DV Death Review panel, has testified in front of Federal Parliamentary committees related to violence against women, the Coroner Inquest into the murders of Sunny Park and her family, and recently assisted the Canadian Chiefs of Police with the development of national best practices related to IPV. In 2012, Tracy attended the United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York as an official delegate from Canada and spoke at a global session about prevention of violence against women. In 2011 Tracy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Child and Youth Representative of BC, Mary Ellen Turpel LaFond, after launching the grounding breaking Be More Than A Bystander; Break the Silence on Violence Against Women campaign with the BC Lions Football Club.
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JR LaRose, former BC Lions

JR LaRose is a 2011 Grey Cup champion. A proud member of One Arrow First Nation, he is an ambassador for Aboriginal peoples. He is an accomplished speaker speaking and facilitating over 400 presentations throughout Canada and the United States since 2008. Starting football at the age of 15 gave JR an opportunity to develop skills and build confidence. It would also be the beginning of a long and passion-filled career as a football player. In 2011, JR was the starting safety for the BC Lions. In 2014, JR completed his ninth season in the CFL and fifth with the BC Lions. Recognized by his team as a community leader, JR has been awarded the team’s Jamie Taras award of Community Service for four straight years. He has also been nominated for the Canadian Football League’s Tom Pate award four times, which honours the player who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, contribution to his team, contribution to his community, and contribution to his association. He has been spokesperson for the Be More Than A Bystander campaign since its inception in 2011, speaking to secondary schools throughout BC and starring in Bystander PSAs, radio spots and videos. Since retiring from the BC Lions, JR continues to travel throughout BC to present Be More Than A Bystander at high schools, post secondary institutions, community events and more, increasing awareness on the issue of violence against women and the importance of bystander intervention.

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Be More Than A Bystander campaign

The Be More Than a Bystander program emphasizes the crucial role of bystanders – especially male bystanders – in breaking the silence on violence against women. Developed through a partnership between the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions football team, Be More Than a Bystander is a groundbreaking initiative that utilizes male athletes’ profile and platform as role models to substantially increasing awareness and understanding about the impact of men’s violence against women. The program provides tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable. Now heading into its 7th year, Be More Than a Bystander has trained over 105,000 people, majority youth, in-person in BC schools and other community events and its messages about speaking up and breaking the silence surrounding violence against women have been seen or heard over 900 million times.