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Be More Than a Bystander – a transformational leadership development opportunity

Drawing on decades of research and frontline expertise, EVA BC’s internationally recognized Be More Than a Bystander program delivers a ground-breaking, culture-shifting approach to creating safe, respectful workplaces and communities.

Be More Than a Bystander originated as a partnership between the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions Football Club. It has since been expanded further as an intensive training program to develop leaders and influencers as Be More Than a Bystander champions.

The Be More Than a Bystander program shares its incredibly successful engagement model through several educational and training options suitable for a wide variety of groups.

For Workplaces

Focused on providing practical tools to empower people to “stand up instead of stand by,” this program addresses the complex and challenging subject of workplace harassment and bullying.

EVA BC’s Be More Than a Bystander program works as a stand-alone training offering as well as leadership, diversity and inclusion programs within larger organizations.

The program:

  • Recognizes that the vast majority of people in the workplace want to do the right thing and value a fair, respectful environment.
  • Provides the practical tools and information to recognize the range of behaviours that contribute to a negative culture where sexual harassment and abuse can occur.
  • Equips leaders and employees at all levels with concrete skills to appropriately address these issues and create the respectful culture everyone wants.

Fees for training program vary. Please contact for more information.

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The Be More Than a Bystander program shares its incredibly successful engagement model through several educational and training options suitable for a wide variety of groups.

Through the course of the training session, participants learn and reflect on the roots of violence, discrimination, power and privilege in society. Participants develop a range of practical skills and tools to intervene when violence and harassment is encountered, and an understanding of the power of intervention to change cultures and create safety. The Be More Than a Bystander program is a transformational leadership development opportunity that equips participants to be strong advocates and allies.

Other Services and Supports

EVA BC offers a suite of services to support organizations on their journey to creating inclusive workplaces. These services include:

  • Policy and procedures development related to harassment, bullying and violence, including sexual harassment and misconduct.
  • Investigations protocols and training, to ensure investigators are trauma-informed and that complainants and respondents have proper supports.
  • Critical incident response.
  • One-on-one coaching and training for leaders and key personnel to develop inclusive leadership practices that support diversity, safety, respect and true inclusion.

Testimonials


“The Be More Than a Bystander training gave me the tools and confidence to speak up and question the “locker room talk” that I’ve been hearing my whole life. I’m glad we are taking a leadership stance against the bullying and harassment that so many of us men have come to accept as normal.”

~ Kyle Kozak
Apprenticeship Advisor
Industry Training Authority

“Be More Than a Bystander training invites you to look at yourself and provide you with tools to not stand by. When the course is done you realize there is a way forward, a way to stop this, a way to change the culture without demonizing people… This touches every aspect of our lives.”   

~ John Beckett Vice President Operations BC Maritime Employers Association

“My favourite quote from Martin Luther King Jr. is, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” The Be More Than a Bystander program teaches practical tools and empowers people to be the change they want to see.”

~ JR LaRose
Retired BC Lions Player
Grey Cup Champion
EVA BC Bystander Spokesman

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Community Event

Presentation


Be More Than a Bystander presentations have been delivered at a variety of community events that include Town Halls, safety fairs, conventions, and youth gatherings.

Fees for training program vary. Please contact for more information.

Indigenous Community

Event Presentations


Be More Than a Bystander presentations have been delivered to a number of Indigenous communities throughout BC by former BC Lion, JR LaRose. JR is a 2011 Grey Cup champion and a proud member of One Arrow First Nation. He is an accomplished and popular speaker, having facilitated over 400 presentations throughout Canada and the United States since 2008. JR has been a key spokesperson for the Be More Than A Bystander program since its inception in 2011.

Fees for training program vary. Please contact for more information.

Train The Trainer


This 3-day training program has been delivered to range of groups and organizations throughout BC and Canada that include professional and amateur sports teams, universities and colleges, unions, professional associations and more. Facilitated by anti-violence experts and trained Be More Than a Bystander spokespersons, this popular training gives others the tools they need to share the Be More Than a Bystander engagement model within their organization.

Fees for training program vary. Please contact for more information.

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