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Thank you!

A special thank you to the following organizations who are graciously supporting and helping Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying help those impacted by bullying.

Orchestra London
Northeast Community Conversations
Survivors of Suicide Loss; Remembering Nicolas
Your Life Counts
The Grand

Update on ASOAB events

Saturday evening, November 16th, Sandy White spoke about bullying and ASOAB at the Youth on Fire event. Sandy shared that the performances were very nice.

Chelsea De Kelver, Katharina Kiewiet, Sandy White and Carleana De Wilde attended the Rhapsody in Blue concert on November 17th. Orchestra London’s Pop classic was amazing. Airat Ichmouratov added a lovely Russian flavour to the after while Kornel Wolack and Chris Donnely were brilliant on the clarinet and piano respectively.

In the photo from left to right, Chelsea De Kelver, Katharina Kiewiet, Carleana De Wilde, Kornel Wolack, Chris Donnely and Sandy White.

ASOAB at Orchestra London

Sunday evening, Carleana presented and lead a discussion about bullying with the London Seekers. The conversation was both engaging and inspiring. Brief discussion transpired about offering support specifically to adults impacted by bullying. More to come.

Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying (ASOAB) in motion…

(originally posted 7 August 2012)

Just a very quick update~

I may have been away attaining new certifications and gaining to experiences but, I certainly was not idle. In June, I was in California where I attained my Soul Coachingr accreditation.  An amazing skill and very much in line with the work I do professionally, but more importantly with those impacted by bullying.  July, I travelled to Spain in order to take my Camino de Santiago de Compostella.  If you’re interested in learning more about my experience visit  You’re welcome to share this with others too.

While I was away, I learned ASOAB’s nomination for the Innovation Community Pillar Award did not make the finals.  While that is unfortunate news for us, the fact remains we were nominated and that is amazing.  Congratulations to the finalist and best of luck in November.

Also, ASOAB has officially become a registered non-profit organization.  This gain will allow us to move further ahead in our plans.  We’ve had so many organizations and people interested in what we do, so this should open more doors.  The next administrative step will to apply for registered charity status; but one step at a time.

I continue to meet with organizations that are very interested in putting the ASOAB program in their format.  It is my hope that ASOAB will soon be running a full fall program as well as several workshops over the next few months.

From a community perspective we’ve had a few personal donations come in which I’ll share more about later.  As well, I had responded to a news paper article on another child loss to suicide related to bullying, and I submitted my thoughts.  I have received positive feedback as well; it has opened some amazing new doors for us.  Hopefully you are able to open this Block Parent link as my response was included in their current issue of “The Community Focus” on page 12.

If you have any questions or concerns; or would like more information about ASOAB, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Carleana De Kelver CSC; CPLC
Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying
Founder/Executive Director/President

“It is easier to build up a child, than it is to repair an adult.  Choose your words & actions wisely!”

Recent Happenings

(originally posted 14 June 2012)

Good day everyone….

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news. I have been nominated for a Pillar Community Innovation Award ( for the program, Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying (ASOAB).  I wanted to not only express my appreciation to those who’ve nominated me but also extend my sincerest thank you to the families who attended and my heartfelt thanks to those who continue to work hard with me at ASOAB;  Genevieve, Katharina, Chelsea, Angela, and Diana.

Also, Monday evening I joined Matthew Ninabar and his team from High Rise Studio ( to film a short documentary on two families’ experience dealing with school bullying and how it was (or was not) handled.  As soon as this project is complete, it will be posted here on the website.

Starting next week I will be away for seven weeks. First I will be in San Luis Obispo California to ascertain my Soul Coaching accreditation under Denise Linn ( From there, I am off to Spain on my Camino de Santiago de Compostella ( These skills will enhance the work I do with children, youth and their families at ASOAB and in my personal business.

ASOAB offers presentations, speaking engagements and workshops too.  As always, if you have any questions and/or concerns please feel free to leave a comment or email me at


Comments on the Pilot Program

(originally posted 3 May 2012)

Politicians are speaking out positively about Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying

MPP Jeff Yurek Tweeted:
“Congrats to Carleana De Kelver and her successful Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying. Thank you for the program, keep it”

MP Ed Holder shares in his Holder’s Happenings:
“Was honoured to accept an invitation from Carleana DeKelver, Founder/Executive Director of Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying to attend a student a graduation at the Children’s Aid Society. The program inspires confidence in these young people to feel empowered in addressing bullying. Please visit their website at:“.

If you are looking for a positive way to help your child deal with the impacts of bullying, considering Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying for you and your child.

End of Pilot Program

(originally posted 1 May 2012)

April 28 Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying’s pilot project ends and what a celebration.  The participants invited their own special guests many of who were able to join.   A special thank you to each of our guests who took the time to join us.  It was so nice to see a few of our political representatives as well as directors from several local child/youth organizations.  Guests were welcome but our youth and admistrative directors; then directed to the upper galary where the participants welcomed them with by dancing.  Within a few moments of arriving, even our guests we dancing with the participants.  Finally we gathered in the ‘Zentangle’ room where each of the 15 participants receive a certificate of pariticipation and a bullying mascot (thank you Jordan of Canabears).  One of the participants displayed courage and shared what attending Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying meant to her.  She shared while she knows she can’t stop the bullying, she now believes she is not stupid or ugly.  She now feels stronger so she can walk away from the bullying and even report it.  She found her self worth, value.  Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying, will take some time now to review the how the pilot project went then set some goals as to how to move forward.  These families, the participants and their children, as well as many others need us to help them discover their worth.

Pilot Program

(originally posted 26 April 2012)

April 28 concludes Artistically Speaking Out Against Bullying’s (ASOAB) six week pilot project. Overall the pilot was a huge success. 15 children between the ages of 5-12 who have suffered from the impacts of bullying were encouraged to rediscover what is unique about them self through Zentangle, Clog dancing, Yoga, Drama and music.  Parents were invited to share this experience with their child, which they did.  The parents were also provided with opportunities to meet with Carleana to discuss their own concerns about their children and the impacts bullying has on the family as a whole.  Some of the participants shared since attending the ASOAB program they had found new tools to address the bullying.  They feel empowered to speak up, walk away and/or report the bullying.  In some cases, they’ve even called the bully out on their actions at the time the bullying is happening.  This is what are schools are telling our children to do but, if the children do not feel confident within themselves to do it, they don’t.  Too often, reported bullying is not effectively addressed either and so, the bullied must have an inter resource tool box they can pull from.  Artistically Speaking Out Against Bully teaches the participants how they can create and fill their very own personal tool box.  Thank you so much to the families who agreed to partner with us.  Moving forward, we now need to find the funds to secure a location to offer the program and offset those costs.