150 Apologies – Making Peace with the Past

 Emily Fata  August 13th, 2016   

Written By: Vanessa Liegghio

Have you ever looked back at a time in your life wishing you could take back an unkind word or inappropriate action? Is there someone you wish you had treated differently or had the chance to make amends with? Well SUP is now giving Canadians a platform to do so.

Student Unity Project (SUP) is a non-profit organization that hires and trains high school students to befriend fellow students that are being bullied. We believe philanthropic work deserves to be recognized and awarded. Therefore, we are not only providing help and guidance to those who are struggling, we are also shaping the future leaders of our world into compassionate and understanding individuals. By instilling these qualities within our youth, we can help build a united nation that sees past ignorance and labels which will in turn improve society as a whole. In honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, 150Alliance has dedicated themselves to encouraging organizations and individuals, “To reach across divides and make new connections. To build a national narrative that weaves together thousands of local stories.” SUP shares similar values as 150Alliance, in connecting individuals through the beautiful vehicle of friendship to create a united front against bullying. That is why when we heard the incredible work they are doing to unify our nation, we had to be a part of it.

In researching the affects, methods, and precautionary measures of bullying we have realized that it’s not good enough to simply prevent future instances of abusive behaviour. It is also important to consider providing an opportunity for past bullying to be addressed and amended for both the victim and the bully. Although past behaviour cannot be erased, remorse and forgiveness can be possible.

It is impossible to go through life without any follies, whether they be big or small. Although there is never a circumstance where bullying may be excused or justified, many high school bullies mature to be regretful and apologetic adults. This is where our project 150Apologies comes in, by allowing Canadians to unite as a diverse and accepting community.

If you are 18 years or older and would like to be a part of this rare opportunity to apologize to an individual or group of people (perhaps a past of racism, sexism or homophobia) and would be willing to be featured in a video for this project, please visit
150Apologies with 150Alliance. We encourage anyone interested to seriously consider this opportunity and join Student Unity Project in making a bullying a thing of the past. It is important Canada’s future generation has role models that can acknowledge their past mistakes and inspire others to learn from their own shortcomings.