Carol Todd has impacted the world immensely as an educator, parent, and leader for social action to alleviate the impacts of bullying and cyber abuse. In 2012, Carol’s daughter Amanda took her own life at the age of 15, following the posting of a YouTube video that detailed the severe cyberbullying and sexual harassment she endured. From this place of tragedy, Carol has shared Amanda’s story with global communities. She has channeled her grief to become a voice of change.
In memory of her daughter, Carol founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Society which is focussed on building informed awareness about bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, gender-based violence and conversations related to mental health and wellness. She speaks internationally about her experience as a parent and her daughter’s struggles, and focuses on the education of youth and their families. Her work has encouraged people to come forward with their own stories. “It sometimes takes a tragedy to make a difference in the world” are words we often hear. Little did Carol know these words would place her in the spotlight as a global advocate. As a result of her courage, determination and ultimately the love of her daughter, Carol continues to share the words that Amanda wanted others to hear but never had the chance to speak about herself.
THE AMANDA TODD LEGACY SOCIETY
Campaigns of awareness and outreach to youth and adults are of primary focus for the Amanda Todd Legacy. Most notably, the Light Up Purple Campaign is held annually on October 10th, where well-known landmarks across the world ‘light up purple’ to raise awareness for mental health and wellness. The legacy has generated ongoing conversations with like-minded individuals and organizations to create increased understanding related to these issues that need more attention through presentations around the world.
Amanda started a discussion and brought to the world’s attention the consequences of the seriousness of the issues surrounding cyber abuse. Through Amanda's Legacy, Carol has made it her goal to create ongoing conversations to bring further attention to the issues involved. Amanda had a \"dream of helping kids\", and through Carol's efforts, this dream has become a reality. Carol along with Amanda's Legacy will continue to be a driven and inspiring force in the fight to end bullying and the stigma associated with mental health.