Make a stand and do something about it - though not even in high school yet, that's precisely what Josh Eisner did.
The Coquitlam resident was formally thanked at City Hall Monday, three weeks after he received the Ministry of Justice Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for his role in anti-bullying initiatives in the community.
"It's wonderful to see such a young person not just think about something, but make a stand and do something about it," Mayor Richard Stewart said.
Josh organized a Pink Shirt Day project at Porter Street Elementary in 2011 to help stamp out bullying in the community.
Students at Porter Street aligned themselves with Josh's efforts by painting wooden T-shirts pink, which were then hung along the school fence to raise awareness about bullying.
At just 11 years old, Josh was the youngest recipient among dozens from across B.C. to receive the award.
"You need to know that bullying is not acceptable any place, any time, or anywhere," he said Monday.
Other award winners included long-standing Block Watch organizers, youth justice advocates and members of local RCMP detachments who went above and beyond the call of duty.