615. Anita Dennison
Anita Dennison, from Newry in Northern Ireland, is the founder of an innovative online anti-bullying campaign, supporting other young people and their parents.
After being targeted by cyber bullies, Anita created ‘Don’t Bully!’ working with local police and her school. She has spoken at TEDx and Zeminar, made numerous TV and radio appearances and reaches tens of thousands with the campaign on social media.
Anita delivers anti-bullying workshops in schools with the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum and is involved in a UK-wide mentoring project supporting young people, teachers and parents to tackle bullying.
Anita was presented with her award by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, at the launch of this year’s #iwill Ambassadors programme, held at the Houses of Parliament.
In a personal letter to Anita, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your innovative anti-bullying campaign is supporting others when they need it most. You should be very proud that the work you are doing is helping so many young people, teachers and parents to tackle bullying.”
“It’s an absolute honour to win this award and be part of such an incredible community of inspirational individuals. Being able to help others as a result of my own experiences with bullying is something I never thought I would have the strength to do. Having the opportunity to be there for young people and their families from across the world really means a lot to me, as it means that it’s one more person speaking out than what there was yesterday. These last 4 years of helping others realise their true purpose in this world have been the most amazing years. I just hope that my achievement shows others that no matter what they may go through in life, they CAN overcome the tough times, it’s not easy but it’s by all means worth it.”