Monthly Archives: May, 2020

Commemorating the Skate, 22 years ago today!

May 29th, 2020 General News

We wanted to share with you a special moment in the history of Respect Group! This picture was taken 22 years ago today and marked the beginning of an important journey. A message from our co-founder Wayne McNeil as he recalled that memorable day:


“In 1998, as most of you know, Sheldon in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness of child abuse.

I was volunteering as President of his Foundation and Sheldon, as usual, was doing all the heavy lifting. This picture was from the first day of the skate (May 29, 1998) in St-John’s NFLD. The day was full of media, dipping his skate in the Atlantic, numerous special events and skating with hundreds of kids…it was exhausting.

Over dinner, the skate “logistics team” told us that there was still about 30km to go to complete the day! What the !!?? It was windy, dark and desolate but it had to be done. Sheldon laced up, I grabbed a bike and a RCMP cruiser lead the way.

There were a few “choice comments” from us both but, truth is, this journey has never been easy. To me, this marked the beginning of something very special. Had the skate not happened we would not have learned how important these issues were, the need for prevention education and Respect Group may never have come to pass!”

Wayne McNeil, Co-Founder


Sheldon Kennedy statement on receiving the Order of Sport award 2020

May 27th, 2020 Sheldon Kennedy

For Release May 27, 2020 at 9 AM MT

CALGARY, May 27, 2020 – Respect Group congratulates our Co-Founder, Sheldon Kennedy on receiving the Order of Sport award 2020. “We are forever proud of Sheldon’s tireless crusade to prevent maltreatment in sport” said Wayne McNeil, Co-Founder of Respect Group, “This award is a great acknowledgement of that incredible contribution.”

Please read below for Sheldon’s statement.


First off, I’d like to congratulate all inductees this year, and in the past, for their significant contributions to our country through sport.

I was truly shocked and humbled when I received the call stating that I had been selected to become a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.  Who would have thunk! I immediately wanted to accept this honour on behalf of all who have helped, and continue to help, make a difference in the areas so important to me personally and society as a whole.  Be it progressive sport leaders or our incredible team at Respect Group, I have not done this alone.

This induction tells Canada and the world that child protection and keeping sport safe and welcoming for all those who participate is a priority. Together, through passionate leadership and understanding, we have made sport a better place and, after 23 years, we continue to move that bar.

Thank you, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, for recognizing my efforts. On behalf of myself and my family I am sincerely grateful!





Sheldon Kennedy  CM AOE OM


About Respect Group Inc.

Respect Group ( was incorporated in 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Respect Group is made up of a team of over 30 talented individuals whose passion is to create a global culture of Respect. As Canada’s leading on-line provider of prevention education related to BAHD, Respect Group has certified over 1.3 Million Canadians involved in sport, schools and the workplace.

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