The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to deliver their Beyond the Hurt program to schools in Manitoba in 2016. In March and April, players will visit 10 schools across the province to speak to youth in grades K-8 about how they can foster healthy relationships and create positive school cultures. In addition, the team will participate in both Pink Days each year.

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Samantha Mason Friendship Award

Do you know a healthy relationships leader?

The Samantha Mason Friendship Award was created by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in memory of Samantha Mason, who was a victim of bullying at her school in Winnipeg. Nominate a young person who has taken action in her or his school or community to eliminate bullying by embracing the core values of our Canadian Centre for Child Protection/Blue Bombers Kindness Pledge:

  • I have the power to make a difference. I will not be a bully or a bystander.
  • I can help change the way others are treated in my school, my community and online.
  • Everyone is worthy of friendship, support and respect, therefore, I will choose to share kindness and hope instead of hate and hurt.
  • I have the power to change the story from hate to hope

If you know a young person who embraces this pledge, nominate him or her today using the form below or download the form here and send it to us by email or mail or fill out the nomination form below. For more information on Samantha’s story, click here.

2016 Samantha Mason Friendship Award Recipients

Samantha Mason winners 2016

Left to right: Brad Mason, Jeremie Manani, Katrina Lengsavath, Jane Santa Ana, Jenel James, Diana Stewart during halftime at the October 29. 2016 home game at Investors Group Field

2015 Samantha Mason Friendship Award Recipients

Left to right – Diana Stewart (Samantha Mason’s mother), Tiffany Tantakoun, Hannah Strickland, Precious Obeneche, Maia Kullman, Michelle Li, Brad Mason (Samantha Mason’s father) during halftime at the October 24, 2015 home game at Investors Group Field.

Continuing Commitment

The Blue Bombers support the Amanda Todd Legacy project, another anti-bullying initiative, by lighting up Investors Group Field in purple for World Mental Health Day on October 10th every year.

Investors Group Field on October 10, 2015, lit up in purple for             World Mental Health Awareness Day

Manitoba Mental Health Resources

Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line
1-877-435-7170 (toll-free, 24 hours)
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

Klinic Community Health

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868 (toll free, 24 hours)

Samantha Mason Friendship Award

Nominate someone today by filling out the form below: