Educator and parent, Carol Todd is a leader for social action to address bullying. In 2012, Todd’s 15 year old daughter took her own life in response to cyber-bullying and sexual harassment. From this place of tragedy, Todd found that by sharing her story she could help others. She founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Society to create more awareness surrounding anti-bullying, mental health, and cyber safety initiatives. She continues to speak publicly about both her experience and her daughter’s struggles with cyber-bullying, physical assault, and sexual victimization.
Todd graduated with her Bachelor of Education in 1984 and works locally as a classroom educator, inspiring change both in and outside of the classroom. In 2013, she participated in the Cyberbullying Roundtable with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and was a panelist in the, Can we stop bullies?, alumni UBC Dialogue. She is an advocate for Kids Help Phone, Kids in the Know, the national safety education program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog.
Her activism has garnered wide recognition: Todd was awarded the Me to We Award for Social Action, the Jer’s Vision Award for Advocacy, and the Roz Prober Award for Canadians who have made a significant contribution to combating the sexual victimization of children and youth. She continues her work every day, helping children and youth to fight cyber-bullying.