Gay Rob Frenette Youngest to Receive Order of New Brunswick

Posted on October 28, 2011 by

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Rob Frenette, the Co-Founder and an Executive Director with BullyingCanada, a national anti-bullying charitable organization, has been invested in to the Order of New Brunswick by The Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas and received a certificate from New Brunswick Premier David Alward.

“Rob Frenette is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his tireless devotion to and passionate commitment to ending the spectre of bullying for the youth of our province and all across Canada” read the Order of New Brunswick website.

“I’ve known and worked with Rob for almost five years now.  As his friend and colleague, I cannot be more proud of this latest accomplishment.  It comes as no surprise that he is being recognized due to his dedication to helping other people.” added Co-Executive Director of BullyingCanada Katie Neu.

“I believe by receiving the Order of New Brunswick, it will not only help promote the importance of Anti-Bullying efforts here at home in New Brunswick, but across Canada” said Rob Frenette.

“Today’s recipients provide all of us, particularly our young people, with shining examples of what can be achieved here with vision, perseverance, and an innovative spirit,” said Alward in a Government News Realease. “They offer glimpses into our province’s storied past and our vast potential. I am proud to welcome them to the Order of New Brunswick.”

Rob Frenette is the youngest to receive the Order of New Brunswick to date.

Rob Frenette – Biography


As an anti-bullying and anti-discrimination advocate, Rob Frenette has first-hand experience of how devastating bullying can be to a person. He experienced bullying throughout school, from Kindergarten to High School because he was different as a person living with Cerebral Palsy.

Rather than retaliating against the years of bullying, he decided to speak out against it. He first drew national attention as a Grade 9 student at Bathurst High School for his activism, which continued throughout High School and into his studies at the New Brunswick Community College.

In 2006, Mr. Frenette co-founded BullyingCanada.ca, as the first youth-created anti-bullying website in Canada. This website helps youth throughout Canada to deal with bullying and provides information and counselling through the site and its 24-hour toll-free helpline to thousands of young Canadians. Rob currently serves as one of its executive directors of this national charity.
Closer to home, he worked with the former government and opposition to have December 17 declared Anti-bullying Day in New Brunswick and organized an anti-bullying summit last year in Fredericton, where more than 100 participants discussed the issue of bullying and how best to eliminate it.

Mr. Frenette continues to work on anti-bullying initiatives in our province as well as lending his expertise and insight to other organizations in New Brunswick and throughout Canada.
Rob Frenette is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his tireless devotion to and passionate commitment to ending the spectre of bullying for the youth of our province and all across Canada.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Rob Frenette
Executive Director, BullyingCanada
Office: 877-352-4497 EXT 203
E-Mail: Rob.Frenette@BullyingCanada.ca
(If unreachable via Office number please email)

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