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Lions returning to Comox Valley

Less than a month after sharing the Grey Cup with Comox Valley football fans, members of the B.C. Lions will return this week.

Lions will be in Courtenay, Surrey, Abbotsford, Mission and Nanaimo as part of the FortisBC Energy Champions, Lions Pride and Be More Than a Bystander programs.

On Wednesday, Shawn Gore and Angus Reid will appear at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School from 1 to 3 p.m. to promote the Be More than a Bystander program.

With the support of funding partners Status of Women Canada and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, Be More Than a Bystander is a groundbreaking initiative between EVA BC and the Lions aimed at increasing understanding of the impact of men's violence against women.

Now in its second year, the program breaks the silence surrounding violence against women and girls by providing tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable.

This week's visits mark the first of 40 presentations at B.C. secondary schools where Lions players speak to students in grades 8 through 12 about healthy, respectful relationships.

— B.C. Lions

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