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Country musician in Barrie to battle bullying

By Ian McInroy, Barrie Examiner

Country musician Elsie Morden brought her ‘No Time for That’ tour to Steele Street Public School on Monday. As a former victim of bullying, she brought her message of hope and resolve to students, including, from left, Colby Guy, Nick Harper and Connor McCulloch.

Country musician Elsie Morden brought her ‘No Time for That’ tour to Steele Street Public School on Monday. As a former victim of bullying, she brought her message of hope and resolve to students, including, from left, Colby Guy, Nick Harper and Connor McCulloch.

Elsie Morden doesn’t have time for bullying.

Morden, a victim of bullying herself, brought her message about it to Steele Street Public School students on Monday.

The musician brought along her No Time for That tour, presented by the No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society which she founded in November 2012 during her senior year in high school.

Morden said relentless school bullying, depression and an anxiety disorder prevented her from writing songs and performing for quite some time.

But now she has risen above the negativity.

“It is so important to love yourself, focus on the positive and what makes you happy, and not let people or things bring you down,” she said.

Being ridiculed for her curly hair and good grades, getting called mean names, and being continuously left out are only a few of the unfortunate things that led to the destruction of Morden's confidence and self esteem.

"I would always ask myself, ‘Why me?'. I didn't understand why I wasn't good enough. I dreaded going to school,” she said. “I was so afraid of what would happen next and by the end of the day, I usually found myself crying."

But she found an avenue.

"I found myself turning to music,” Morden said, a country musician who recently released her first album. “I would pick up the guitar we had at my house and I'd start strumming while scribbling my feelings and thoughts down in notebooks.

"I realized that music was my outlet. It is what makes me happy. Writing and performing is what I love to do and nothing or no one can take that away from me anymore."

Steele Street student Nick Harper said he appreciates Morden’s message of hope.

“Bullying is something that happens every day around the world and it has to be stopped,” he said.

Principal Dianna Wright-Drzazga said different guest speakers at the school talk about bullying and youth empowerment.

“It’s important for students to feel they have a voice and how they can share that voice,” she said. “Elsie is speaking from her personal perspective. She talks to the students through song and her personal stories.

“It’s a way for students to see themselves in someone else and look to how they can overcome things they’re coming up against.”

To learn more about Morden’s message and her music, visit www.notimeforthattour.com.

imcinroy@postmedia.com



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