About The Alliance

Who are We? We are The Athletes Against Bullying Alliance - A team of athletes and former athletes, with the goals and hopes of eliminating bullying through the use of our athletic influence our athletes have on the impressions of the youth of today.

Mission Statement: “The Athletes Against Bullying Alliance aims to prevent and ultimately eliminate bullying in our schooling system by using our high profile athletes in an influential role to educate youth about a zero tolerance stance towards bullying."

What are we trying to do? Our Bully prevention program will be used so that students will not have to worry about bullying in their schools or in their community, and so that the youth who are being bullied will feel safe and protected while at school or in the community. AAB and the elite athletes we select will stand up for our youth, teaching them that it’s not ok to be pushed around and discuss positive ways to deal with these types of conflicts.

Why will this work? Influence. Athletes are always looking up to the people ahead of them. They are always looking at how to get better at what they do. University/College athletes wanting to play professionally will listen to professionals. High School athletes wanting to play University/College athletics will listen to University/College athletes. Students in their last years of elementary school will listen to High School athletes. AAB will use that power to influence Student-Athletes to be positve individuals in their community. 

How will we accomplish this? Armed with this information, AAB will try and harness this attention and use it to empower student-athletes to help stop bullying before it even begins.  We want to teach our youth to stand up against bullying, to tell student-athletes to not be a bystander and to educate students that bullying is completely unacceptable and will not be condoned. An student-athlete must be a roll model rather than a bully.

What we are doing now?  The Athletes Against Bullying Alliance plans to visit schools accross the nation and lead student-athletes through a presentation on the issues of bullying and ways in which student-athletes can use their influence in positive ways.  Assembling the Student-Athletes and Coaches from the schools sports teams. AAB will be staging a  presentation discussing the issues of bullying in today's society and ways in which athletes can and must be influential and positive role models to other youth. Teamed with our Elite Athletes, AAB's Leadership team will tell personal stories, state facts & figures on bullying and display the enormous and often deadly effects of bullying. Then, our team will build up the athletes and empower them with the comfort and confidence they must have to be a positive influence in the hallways and social groups at their school. Awareness events at sports venues and other fundraising events will also be held throughout the year. 

John Tokar - AAB Founder & President
john@athletesagainstbullying.ca

John knows firsthand what it is like to be bullied and the physical and emotional toll it takes on a student. Looking at him now, you may not believe it, but John wasn’t always big enough to stand up to his bullies. In his beginning years of High School he faced bullying almost everyday. John faced it all, being pushed and punched in the hallways or when the teachers weren’t looking. If he ever got nice clothes, they would be ruined or stolen. Many times he would have his money stolen. The two worst were false rumors spread about him, and his bullies waiting for him after school.

John got in trouble for missing a lot of school growing up. However, he teachers never realized that it wasn’t because he was lazy, or didn’t like school. Many times it was because he was too afraid to even go. John knew the torment that was awaiting him in the hallways and classrooms and chose the sanctuary of his own home instead.

Around his Grade 10 year, John knew he had been bullied for too long and it was time to stand up to his bullies. John began going to the gym, working out, trying to eat healthy and began to participate in pretty much any High School sport he could. The hard work paid off and by the time he was in grade 11, John was big, strong and gaining popularity. But most of all John had a confidence that he never had growing up. Those traits helped John be named captain of his High School football team in grade 12. It's funny, now that John was big enough to stand up to his bullies, his bullies didn't seem to pick on him anymore.  

 Although not him, there were still students that were being bullied, and now that John wasn’t one of them, John took it upon himself to stand up for those who couldn’t. His teachers would even ask John to walk some bullied students home from school. The teachers felt that because John was big and athletic, and influential because of that role, that his popularity would help those students from being picked on by other students.  And it worked each and every time. Not only did they not get bullied on that day, but they stopped getting bullied all together when the bullies seen those students were now "friends" with John. Knowing what it was like to be bullied, John was always happy helping out.

John Tokar grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and got involved in sport playing ice hockey he was 8 years old.  After being a star athlete in high school, John went on to play NCAA college baseball for the Minot State University Beavers. A multi-sport athlete, John also played CIS football for his hometown, University of Regina Rams. Giving back, John has spent many years as the Head Coach for the Regina Midget “AAA” Mets, in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League, and currently coaches High School Football at Balfour High School in Regina.

John’s passion for The Athletes Against Bullying Alliance originated when he would spend his summers traveling to Summer Bible Camps speaking to High School aged teens about Jesus and the Bible.  After listening to many teens’ problems, John quickly realized one of the biggest issues facing teens is bullying. Thus, John began to speak to teens about what the Bible says about bullying and that Jesus wanted people to treat others the way they wanted to be treated themselves. From there, John’s focus turned to explaing to teens that, whether you believe in the Bible or not, everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and kindness.

Bullying issues really stuck with John and after some investigating, his knowledge about the overwhelming issues of bullying in todays schools became greater and greater. He realized that just because he is no longer in school, doesn't mean bullying has stopped. It's just as bad now as it has ever been, if not worse. Remembering back to his days of being bullied, he knew that with the skills and abilities that he has gained, he could somehow make a difference. John knew that he should be using his Athletic influence to help in the fight against bullies, and he knew that there were likely others with similar abilities and common beliefs about bullying that would want to help, and that athletes could make an impact on the problem.

Thus, the idea of the Athletes Against Bullying Alliance came to be.

Amanda Flahr - AAB Vice President 
amanda@athletesagainstbullying.ca

Amanda Flahr is a registered Social Worker who grew up in Regina, went to WH Ford Elementary School, Winston Knoll Collegiate and then attended the University of Regina and earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.

 Amanda has continuously participated in sports throughout her life. Competing on both, School teams and Club teams. Amanda played Softball and Basketball growing up, and was captain of her High School Jr. and Sr. Basketball teams. Her Senior year in high school, Amanda placed 3rd in provincials for track and field Javelin. 

 Amanda currently keeps active playing in a Women’s Basketball rec league in Regina as well as co-ed competitive Ultimate Frisbee.

 Amanda has coached Basketball for a few years with the RCBA in Regina for various ages of Female Athletes in attrition to a 16yr Old Male Basketball Team.

 Amanda is in her 4th year employed as a school Social Worker & Child and Family Support Worker for Prairie Valley School Division. A very busy young lady, Amanda has been placed in Fort Qu’Appelle, Milestone, Bethune, Regina Beach, Pilot Butte, White City Balgonie, Pense and Grand Coulee.

 Amanda is very passionate about always discovering new ideas, statistics, programs and policies that will help eliminate bullying in schools. She believes that positive role modeling is one of the most effective ways to teach and build appropriate and healthy ways of communicating and positive relationships. 

Brandon (Coach) Brooks - AAB Director

Brandon was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La.  Brandon played football and baseball until he went to high school. Once in high school, Brandon had to choose between football and basketball. It was an easy decision and Brandon played Football and participated in Track/Field. Brandon was the team Captain in his senior year for his High School football team and went on to perform in front of 13,000 fans weekly for the NCAA Division I Colonels Football Team at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

These days you can often find Brandon coaching and grooming inner-city youth in the game of football. For the past seven years, Brandon has been the coach of the North Central Lakers Bantam football team here in Regina, Sask. This allows him to mentor inner-city youth and give them the opportunity to participate in elite sports. Not just developing great athletes, but great individuals.

Brandon feels that the Athletes Against Bullying Alliance is overdue in the city of Regina, and says there are a lot of young people that need direction. Growing up in Southern Louisiana as a young Afro-American, Brandon has experienced bullying with racism attached to it. Brandon says he has been called everything in the book by all types of people. In his neighborhood, the bully was the hero and everyone was afraid to stand up to him.  For someone like Brandon, who was wanting to make something of himself, it was an extremeley tough neighborhood to grow up in.

We are proud to have Brandon as part of our team!

Rob Cherepuschak - AAB Director

Rob attended school and played all his minor sports in Regina. Currently, Rob is a physical education teacher with the Regina Public School Division.  Rob provides guidance, support and a fun learning environment to all of his students at Thom Collegiate, which he began teaching at in the fall of 2008.  Prior to that, Rob taught for 10 years at Martin Collegiate where he played a large role in athletic department and the implementation of several other programs.  In addition to teaching, Rob uses his leadership skills to develop young athletes into solid citizens through sport.

 After graduating from the University of Regina (Bachelor of Education) in 1998, Rob decided to pursue coaching and help aspiring Saskatchewan athletes achieve personal success. In addition to coaching numerous teams throughout his teaching career, Rob spent five seasons coaching elite programs with Saskatchewan Baseball including the 2005 Canada Summer Games team. 

 After serving as the pitching coach for the Regina Red Sox of the Western Major Baseball League for three seasons, Rob was named the on field manager of the Regina Red Sox.  In three seasons as the leader of this club, Rob took the team to the WMBL Championship series twice, culminating with championship in 2011.  For his efforts, Rob was recognized as the Coach of the year by the WMBL and also the Saskatchewan Baseball Association. In 2012, Rob chose to step down as the on field manager to spend more time coaching and interacting with his young family.  However his role with the Red Sox as Director of Player Personnel provided him an opportunity to help put together another championship team in 2012.

 In recognition of Rob’s ability to serve as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsperson ship, and sensitivity to the needs of students, he was awarded the 2009 Physical Education Teaching Excellence Award for Saskatchewan.  At school Rob is known as “Mr. C”, on the field he is known as “Coach C”, but most importantly he is known as “Dad”.  This family man now focuses his attention on his family and coaching his children in a variety of sports.  Rob and his wife have three children whom he hopes can grow up in a society with no bullying.

Connie deBoer - AAB Director & Action Talent President

Aside from being a 14 year veteran of Search and Rescue and an active team member of the highly aclaimed North Shore Rescue Team, Connie is a UBCP Film Agent  and has a background in Athlete and Talent Management, as well as Municipal Politics. In 2007, she became the new owner of the trail blazing Action Talent Inc. founded by legendary athlete, Sherry Boyd. She, along with her daughter and buisiness partner Annalise have broadened the scope of the company to include Sponsorships, Endoresements , Branding and Sports Marketing. Connie and Annalise now represent over 850 Athletes in Film  and Television as well as nearly 100 Olympic, XGames and World Cup Athletes.  With representing these high level Athletes they came to realise that they may be able to help bring about much needed changes in sport funding in Canada. Together they have built a template and buisiness model that brings Athletes and Corporations together creating a relationship that mutually benefits both the Athlete and the Corporation. They continue to strive to meet their personal goal of building a team that consists of both High level Athletes and the hard working Sponsors that believe in them. They have created and Branded " The Canadian Dream Team " with the intention of building it into a Canadian institution.

The Action Talent Team brings to the table, Connie deBoer, Annalise deBoer as well as their Action Talent Alberta Regional Marketing Leader Adam Watt.

Annalise deBoer - Action Talent Vice-President

North Vancouver's accomplished, young sports talent agent Annalise deBoer spends her days managing over 500 high level athletes.
It is Annalise’s love of sports and passion for film, that brought her into the sport talent management industry. She is one of only two talent agents in Canada to handle exclusively athletes. Action Talent Inc, represents athletes ranging from Olympic Gold Medalists, Down Hill Mountain Bike Racers and Parkour Free Runners. It is threw Action Talent that she caught the attention of The Cave Network producers. Now in front of the camera, Annalise brings a fresh approach to sports talk as host of the exciting new series Talk about Sports. 
Annalise continues to develop and build her company,using her strong sense of business and film management. Working behind the camera as well as in the spot light, for this young business woman its all in a days work.

*NEW* - AAB Leadership Team 

Angelique Chenard     

Martina Matthewson      

Emma Hicks           

Nolan Benesh

Paige Erick

Chris Bergstrom

 Contact Us

Telephone: (306)551.1511 or (306)530.2485

Email: info@athletesagainstbullying.ca

Mailing Address: 
    2206 Bedford Ave. 
    Regina, SK.
    S4N 0G9 

"Each day approximately 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied"

"Up to 40% of secondary school students feel that their teachers are unaware of the bullying which goes on"

"Studies show that in the majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour"

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