Funds to go toward Garfield cyber safety education materials for primary school children

Toronto, Ontario (September 20, 2018) – Scotiabank and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, a nonprofit charitable trust working to make the cyber world a safer place, held their inaugural Canadian charity event last week. 100 golfers from across North America attended “Scotiabank Golf 4 Cyber Safety,” raising $30,000. The Center plans to use the funds to provide its Garfield cyber safety education materials to primary schools throughout Toronto.

Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures are designed for children in first to sixth grades. Developed by the Center and legendary cartoonist Jim Davis, the Adventures include cartoons, comic books, posters, trading cards, and stickers that show Garfield and friends tackling cyber safety issues such as privacy, the dangers of posting online, online etiquette, cyberbullying, and more.

In addition to title sponsor Scotiabank, local cybersecurity organizations Akamai Technologies, Centrify, Crowdstrike, Intercast Staffing, the (ISC)2 Toronto Chapter, Splunk, and Tanium also sponsored the event.

Greg Thompson, CISSP, Chair of the Center’s Board of Trustees and Vice President and CISO for Manulife, said, “Canadian students have suffered enough from cyberbullying and other online threats like the trending Momo Challenge. The best way to combat these risks is to empower kids with knowledge and a sense of digital ethics. We are so grateful to Scotiabank, our other sponsors, the players and volunteers for helping us draw attention to the critical need for children’s cyber safety education and for helping us supply these materials that schools so desperately need.”

To view more photos from the event or to learn more about bringing Garfield to your school or company, please visit or contact us at or +1.727.339.6508.


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