Peer Support Training for Rural Residents – Sign Up Today for our Fall 2022 Session

In partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, the Stigma-Free Society is proud to announce our upcoming Peer Support Worker Training sessions, tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada. This two-day virtual course will be held on October 25 and November 1 (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with breaks). This training will equip participants to facilitate peer support programs and become leaders in their communities. 

These sessions empower individuals with shared backgrounds to work together to develop wellness-related skills. Taking this training is a great opportunity to find and provide support for mental health, along with those who understand your way of life!

What is Peer Support?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada describes peer support as “a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common.” The benefits of this approach to emotional and social support have been proven time and time again.

One of the most reputable Canadian providers of peer support training is Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, an organization that offers online training for both individuals and families. This training focuses on holistic approaches to wellbeing and practical strategies for promoting empathy and communicating effectively. Robyn Priest emphasizes that “peer support isn’t limited to mental health or addiction issues. It can be about anything anyone is going through; about life.” As human beings, we have a deep need for belonging. In addition to bridging gaps in professional mental health services, peer support can help us to build the connections we crave.

Peer Support in Rural Communities

Recent publications from the Mental Health Commission of Canada have emphasized that those living in rural and remote communities face specific challenges when it comes to maintaining wellness. These challenges include a relative lack of professional support services such as psychologists or counsellors. In these contexts, peer support is a great option. Because peer support is easily done over video chat, it can be a highly accessible resource.

No one understands the life and struggles of those living and working in agricultural communities better than those who have that shared experience. Training as a peer support worker will help you to translate that empathy into compassionate action. 

Key Benefits of Peer Support Training

Participants will gain an understanding of peer support fundamentals, as well as how to apply them in the contexts of one-on-one support and group facilitation. They will also learn how to share personal experiences in ways that help those facing similar challenges, including tips about demonstrating self-reflection and vulnerability while still maintaining professionalism. 

The training includes discussion and reflection on the importance of self-care as a regular practice, along with strategies for incorporating it into your daily life. Supporting others can be an emotionally challenging task, making it all the more important to take an intentional and holistic approach to your own wellbeing. 

Overall, participants can expect to gain valuable knowledge and skills that will help them to do work that is nourishing, caring, and empathic—as a peer support worker or a support group facilitator, and indeed in all walks of life.

This rewarding work opens up many opportunities to cultivate strong and supportive communities. The possibilities are there for you to discover!

Training and Registration Details

Tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada, this two-day virtual course will take place on October 25 and November 1 (8:30am – 4:30pm PST, 10:30am – 6:30pm CST, 11:30am – 7:30pm EST, with breaks). 

Thanks to a generous grant from Pacific Blue Cross BC, this training only requires a $50 registration fee and is a $375 value per person.

Donations are always welcome! 

For more information and to register, please go HERE or email info@stigmafreesociety.com for more information.

Spots fill up quickly, so register today! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to build skills for cultivating empathy and understanding in your local community. 

Remote Office Administrator

Job Posting: Remote Office Administrator

Remote Office Administrator

Job Description:

We are looking to find someone who can juggle and master multiple administration tasks by applying their broad knowledge and skills. Reporting to the Operations and Engagement Manager, this position fills big shoes and oversees various SFS systems i.e.) filing, registers, email, zoom bookings, program bookings. This position is vital to keeping our growing team organized and supported. We are a medium-sized mental health advocacy non-profit society that is intent on growing nationally

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Zoom, adobe pdf, Excel, Database, Records Management, Sharepoint and OneDrive
  • Knowledgeable in privacy policies
  • Located in BC or Alberta

Job Duties: Administration

  • Create new remote filing system
  • Create forms library primarily in Excel, Adobe software
  • Create various registers such as MOU documents, policy, receipt registers
  • Update various Society’ systems
  • Manually book various presentations until our integrated booking system is in place
  • Update various data bases
  • Minute taking at various meetings
  • Learn and master the Society’s new presentations booking system database, and have sole responsibility for its operations
  • Improve Society administrative systems with application of effective technology;
  • Create & maintain contact lists for the Virtual Presentations program – school districts, schools, community organizations, and more;
  • Share Program logistics & details: date, time, electronic communications via phone and e-mail regarding Speaking Engagements & School Presentations;
  • Provide administrative support to the President in daily operations of the organization;
  • Support the President with administrative responsibilities regarding human resource management – reviewing contracts for accuracy, arranging signatories, etc.
  • Manage process for enacting program insurance for programs;
  • Facilitate Society payroll by submitting invoices to bookkeeper monthly;
  • Support President to manage various admin tasks related to staff management;
  • Provide admin support to the Society’s Lundbeck-Otsuka Alliance Scholarship Program;
  • Attend and ensure effective operations of staff meetings as required;
  • Provide any leads and introductions re: school and community speaking opportunities for the President and SFS staff
  • Coordinate and participate in organizational events such as fundraising events, AGM, additional events, etc.
  • Ensure the seamless management of Society programs by scheduling presenters for school presentations and maintain effective communication with districts/educators.

Additional Duties

  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations for staff as required;
  • Provide admin support for the Rural Peer Support Program Training Program, which includes advertisement and communications with SFS partners;
  • Contribute writing to the Society’s Annual Report and required Charity reporting documents; and
  • Perform various related duties as assigned by the President.

Requirements

  1. Reliable internet
  2. Available Monday – Friday from 9 – 5 BC (PST) time.

This position is available commencing October 24, 2022. This job posting will remain up until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary commences at $25.00/hour.

Submit your cover letter and resume to: Shirley Kine, shirley@stigmafreesociety.com

Refer to: Remote Office Administrator in the subject line when applying

We will be in touch as to next steps and we are excited to hear from you!

 

Peer Support Training for Rural Residents

In partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, the Stigma-Free Society is proud to announce our upcoming Peer Support Worker Training sessions, tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada. This two-day virtual course will be held on May 30th and June 6th (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with breaks). This training will equip participants to facilitate peer support programs and become leaders in their communities. 

These sessions empower individuals with shared backgrounds to work together to develop wellness-related skills. Taking this training is a great opportunity to find and provide support for mental health, along with those who understand your way of life!

What is Peer Support?

 The Mental Health Commission of Canada describes peer support as “a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common.” The benefits of this approach to emotional and social support have been proven time and time again.

One of the most reputable Canadian providers of peer support training is Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, an organization that offers online training for both individuals and families. This training focuses on holistic approaches to wellbeing and practical strategies for promoting empathy and communicating effectively. Robyn Priest emphasizes that “peer support isn’t limited to mental health or addiction issues. It can be about anything anyone is going through; about life.” As human beings, we have a deep need for belonging. In addition to bridging gaps in professional mental health services, peer support can help us to build the connections we crave.

Peer Support in Rural Communities

Recent publications from the Mental Health Commission of Canada have emphasized that those living in rural and remote communities face specific challenges when it comes to maintaining wellness. These challenges include a relative lack of professional support services such as psychologists or counsellors. In these contexts, peer support is a great option. Because peer support is easily done over video chat, it can be a highly accessible resource.

No one understands the life and struggles of those living and working in agricultural communities better than those who have that shared experience. Training as a peer support worker will help you to translate that empathy into compassionate action. 

Key Benefits

Participants will gain an understanding of peer support fundamentals, as well as how to apply them in the contexts of one-on-one support and group facilitation. They will also learn how to share personal experiences in ways that help those facing similar challenges, including tips about demonstrating self-reflection and vulnerability while still maintaining professionalism. 

The training includes discussion and reflection on the importance of self-care as a regular practice, along with strategies for incorporating it into your daily life. Supporting others can be an emotionally challenging task, making it all the more important to take an intentional and holistic approach to your own wellbeing. 

Overall, participants can expect to gain valuable knowledge and skills that will help them to do work that is nourishing, caring, and empathic—as a peer support worker or a support group facilitator, and indeed in all walks of life.

This rewarding work opens up many opportunities to cultivate strong and supportive communities. The possibilities are there for you to discover!

Training and Registration Details

Tailored specifically for rural residents in Canada, this two-day virtual course will take place on May 30th and June 6th (8am – 4pm PST, 10am – 6pm CST, 11am – 7pm EST, with breaks). 

Thanks to a generous grant from Pacific Blue Cross BC, this training is free of cost, with a $50 deposit required to secure your spot. Your deposit will be refunded once you attend the session, unless you choose to donate the $50 to the Stigma-Free Society. Donations are always welcome! Deposits for those who sign up and do not participate cannot be refunded. 

For more information and to register, please go HERE or email info@stigmafreesociety.com.

Spots fill up quickly, so register today! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to build skills for cultivating empathy and understanding in your local community. 

Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser

 

The Stigma-Free Society is excited to announce our upcoming…

Stigma-Free Faces Fundraiser

May 26th 2022!

The Stigma-Free Society is a decade long trusted Charity that has done a significant amount of work in eliminating stigma of all kinds and promoting mental wellness. There is a growing need to support the mental health of individuals in our community, and our Fundraiser will aid in our endeavors to do this important work. Your donation supports our impacting initiatives that we have launched in recent years.

Our impacting virtual programs include the following:

 

 

 

The SFS Fundraiser contains 2 Events that you can attend!

Stigma-Free Stories Premiere Showing & Live Stream Andrea Paquette, President, SFS

The day-long event will take place from 10AM – 4PM (PST)

Click Here to Learn Full Details

 

Thank you for supporting the Stigma-Free Society!

Call Out for Virtual Stigma-Free School Presenters

Hiring – Operations and Engagement Manager

Operations and Engagement Manager

Have you ever dreamed of living in a Stigma-Free world?

If so, now you can work at a BC-based non-profit organization that is forging ahead to make the world a more understanding and accepting place.

The Stigma-Free Society is a Canadian registered charity since 2010 and is committed to the promotion of mental wellness and the elimination of stigma that surrounds mental illness, addictions, gender identity, and more. We achieve our mission by providing peer support training, online resource Toolkit hubs, and the delivery of preventative education to youth and the community.

Our Society is well-positioned to provide services that will support mental health in schools and community organizations across Canada. We offer our Student Mental Health Toolkit to Educators, School Counsellors, Parents/Guardians, and youth and rural residents have the opportunity to utilize our Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit across Canada.

Building on a decade of experience, the Stigma-Free Society has taken advantage of the rapid adoption of digital tools in the classroom to expand its Stigma-Free School program and Student Mental Health Toolkit services across British Columbia while expanding into Manitoba in 2022 and other parts of Canada. The Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit is a recent initiative and has great potential to reach even more Canadians with its resources and Rural Residents’ Peer Support Training Program.

We have a clear mandate that will take us into 2022 – our most significant year of growth.

  1. Expand reach & increase impact by connecting more effectively to the non-profit ecosystem and engaging in meaningful partnerships that will foster growth.
  2. The Society will Introduce new and existing programming into School Districts in BC, Manitoba, and Canada. The Society will target students and Rural/Ag residents in BC and Canada.
  3. The Society will Build Capabilities by adding expertise to our team, building on performance, and help scale our capacity.

VISION:

To foster a movement that cultivates, encourages, and educates diverse communities to be inclusive and compassionate through awareness and understanding.

MISSION: 

We foster awareness, understanding, and acceptance through education, support, and leadership.

VALUES:

  • Education
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Dignity
  • Community
  • Empowerment
  • Transparency
  • Inclusion
  • Compassion

The Stigma-Free Society has created this new position – Operations and Engagement Manager – and we require an astounding leader to help take our organization to the next level. Stigma-Free started as a grassroots initiative by Andrea Paquette – SFS President – and the Charity and has since been gaining significant traction. We now find ourselves at a pivotal point in our growth and require an experienced and strategic Operations and Engagement Manager who can help the Non-Profit reach its objectives.

This exciting opportunity requires a visionary and someone who thinks big. SFS is seeking a candidate who has experience in the field of mental health in their work and operations management expertise.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Society Operations

  • Identifying the resources necessary to achieve the organization’s goals derived from donors and fundraising activities.
  • Create a long-term strategy for Society’s HR sustainable planning.
  • Evaluate and monitor the Society’s financial health.
  • Produce quarterly reports to the President that demonstrates viability of the organization and goals for growth.
  • Work with the President and Grant Writer to assist in implementing the Society’s fundraising strategy.

Strategic Planning and Leadership

  • Adheres to Society’s Strategic Plan and implement benchmarks to manage the Society’s goals, delegate tasks, and track metrics.
  • Analyzes and improves systems, policies, and processes.
  • Work alongside the President to help execute the Society’s strategic plan for 2022 and beyond.

Engagement

  • Build relationships with rural-indigenous schools, organizations to promote uptake of programs.
  • Build relationships with current districts and schools to promote uptake of Student Toolkit and virtual presentations – secure District partnerships and identify a Champion(s) for the districts.
  • Build and maintain collaborative partnership activities with Society’s partners.
  • Work alongside the President in guiding a marketing company to create a long-term marketing strategy.
  • Work with President and partners on Northern BC Expansion for School and Rural Toolkit programs.

Staff Management and Relations

  • Manage staff/contractors’ operations such as performance evaluations, SFS Champions Program, communications with market stakeholders.
  • Coordinate all aspects of marketing such as collaborating with Digital Marketer, Web Developer, Marketing Company to ensure successful performance and outcomes.
  • Organizes and plans professional development activities for staff.
  • Help train new presenters and work with Program Manager to execute Virtual Stigma-Free Presentations Program.
  • Train and work with Program Coordinator to learn Society’s new virtual presentations’ booking system.

Program

  • Spearhead the Winnipeg expansion project and work with staff and key players in meeting program goals.
  • Manage Nationwide Peer Support Program and ensure uptake and delivery of program.
  • Lead the 2.0 Revamp for the Rural Mental Health Toolkit.
  • Basic web development in WordPress and Elementor is an asset but not necessary.
  • Basic design skills in Canva is an asset but not necessary.
  • Perform administrative tasks as required.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management or equivalent education is required.
  • 5+ years working in a management role in a related non-profit organization with a budget of 1 million+
  • Knowledge of practice management processes, efficiencies, standards, metrics, and benchmarks.
  • Work remotely and have track record of working successfully from home.
  • Advanced level literacy in MS Office

Required Skills

  • Possesses a self-directed attitude and an ability to work independently.
  • High Producing and work in a timely manner.
  • Understands financial management, planning, prioritizing, and supervising others.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment, good problem-solving skills, and effective decision- making abilities.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Be open-minded and willing to learn from different perspectives while taking direction from the President of Stigma-Free Society.
  • Have a positive, respectful attitude and a willingness to operate in an authentic manner.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor as the Operations and Engagement Manager representing the image of the Stigma-Free Society in the community.
  • Be flexible and open to conducting tasks that allows for adaptability, versatility, and assistance to the President.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills to prioritize, organize and meet deadlines; and
  • Work between 9 am – 5 pm PST Monday – Friday (40 hours a week).

Compensation is discussed with applicant and determined upon Employee’s qualifications and competencies.

Thank you for your consideration and we are extremely eager to hear from you!

We hope you will help us create a Stigma-Free world.

Submit CV and Cover Letter to:

Andrea Paquette, President and Co-Founder, SFS

E-mail: Andrea.Paquette@stigmafreesociety.com

Deadline for Applications: Jan 20th, 2022, by 4 p.m. PST.  

Check out our website here with our programs and team: www.stigmafreesociety.com

Position is now filled and closed.

RSVP Today to the Stigma-Free Society’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

Hello Stigma-Free Friends,

On behalf of Dave Richardson, SFS Chairman, Stigma-Free Society Board of Directors and Andrea Paquette, President of the Stigma-Free Society, you are invited to our Charity’s Virtual Annual General Meeting 2021 that is taking place on the following date: November 24th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST. 

RSVP Today by filling out this contact form with your confirmation: HERE

A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent to you after you register.

To see the full AGM invitation with order of events, please go here: HERE

Join us in celebrating our 2021 achievements and view a special video presentation. We will have welcome messages from Dave Richardson – SFS Board Chair and and Andrea Paquette, President. We also have video clips from our Stigma-Free Community and much more!

Lastly, we will have our Board of Directors attending and Society members. We look forward to seeing those from the public and anyone interested in our mission and mandate.

We would really appreciate you being there to share in our Charity’s AGM highlighting the past year.

Thank you in advance and RSVP TODAY!

Order of Events:

 

Get trained to be a Rural Peer Support Group Facilitator and Support your Community!

Stigma-Free Society in partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH are going to be hosting Peer Support Facilitator Trainings in the upcoming months as part of its Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Peer support is a way for individuals with a similar background to connect with each other and ensure that they are taking care of themselves on their specific needs and experiences. Peer support workers are trained on how to work with individuals with lived experiences that are reflective of their own and support from a place of empathy and understanding. This program is designed to truly empower both the support worker and the individual seeking support, as they work together, sharing experiences and developing wellness-related skills. 

The Stigma-Free Society is offering Peer Support Facilitator Training sessions four times a year, providing the opportunity for individuals to become certified peer support workers. Participants will be trained to become leaders of peer support groups in their community. Each training is tailored to support specific groups such as farmers, Indigenous leaders, rural youth and more. The training will be offered in partnership with Robyn Priest LIVE YOUR TRUTH, a remarkable organization that is currently offering online peer facilitator training for individuals and families. 

The first Peer Support Facilitator Training session will be a tailored training for Rural Women Entrepreneurs. Working as an entrepreneur in a rural area can often feel isolating, and many individuals struggle with a lack of support, which can lead to anxiety and burnout. No one understands the life and struggles of women living and working as entrepreneurs in rural communities better than those who have that shared experience. These unique challenges are best supported by those who have been through similar things and can empathize from a place of deep understanding.

In this training, Rural Women Entrepreneurs will gain an understanding of peer support fundamentals and learn how to apply them effectively when supporting their peers facing similar challenges. They will also learn how to effectively communicate and share personal experiences to enhance interactions as a peer supporter and support group facilitator. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of self-care and how to apply this practice in their lives. Finally, and most importantly, individuals will learn how to become great peer support facilitators! This work is extremely rewarding and can lead to so many amazing opportunities for trainees.

Individuals who participate in this training will be able to apply the skills they learn to do work that is nourishing and steeped with care and empathy.

The Peer Support Facilitator Training for Rural Women Entrepreneurs will be a 2-day virtual course taking place on

July 21st and 28th , 2021, from 9AM PST – 5PM PST (with breaks).

Registration is by Donation to the Stigma-Free Society.

To register for this remarkable program, or a future training, please click HERE to visit our peer support landing page.

Don’t Miss the Stigma-Free Silent Auction! Open Until May 9th

We’ve Added to the Fundraiser!

The Stigma-Free Society’s Hope and Help Fundraiser for Mental Health has a new silent auction component!

The Stigma-Free Society is excited to announce the Mini Silent Auction as part of our Hope and Help Fundraiser for Mental Health! Mental health is such an important cause to be supporting, now more than ever. We need your help to grow and expand our initiatives that tackle mental health stigma, and stigma in all forms!

The fundraiser now has 3 components:

The Stigma-Free Stories Premiere Documentary (BUY TICKETS HERE),

The Live Stream Stigma-Free Marathon (DONATE HERE), and now the Mini Silent Auction!

The silent auction, which began on April 29th 2021 and ends May 9th 2021 at midnight, provides you the opportunity to bid on auction items from local BC vendors! All of the proceeds of this auction will go towards our impacting mental health initiatives and resources.

Some of the amazing auction items include: 

  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Robyn Constantia Designs
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Good Omen
  • A $75 Gift Certificate to Luna Collective

AND MORE!

Supporting this fundraiser will go directly to contributing to:

  • Program Development
  • Program Delivery
  • Helping our Charity adapt through this difficult time of COVID-19 and allow us to continue offering valuable educational mental health resources
  • Marketing and promotion of our programs by expanding the reach of the program.
  • Supporting our Stigma-Free Society staff financially
  • Engaging experts on mental health and education to enhance our programs

The programs you will be directly supporting include our Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit, Student Mental Health Toolkit and Virtual Stigma-Free Schools Program! Through your generous donation, we will be able to expand these resources and their reach in supporting the mental health and well-being of more people than ever!

Starting April 29th, join us for our Mini Silent Auction! And don’t forget to check out the other components of the Hope and Help Fundraiser for Mental Health!

Happy Bidding and Thank You to our Sponsors!

Join us at the Stigma-Free Society’s Hope and Help Fundraiser for Mental Health!

Mental health is such an important cause to be supporting, now more than ever. We need your help to grow and expand our initiatives that tackle mental health stigma, and stigma in all forms!

Taking place on May 5th 2021, this fundraiser event has a goal of raising $30,000 for our impacting mental health programs.

Here’s how your contribution will support this work:
  • Program Development and Delivery;
  • Helping our Charity adapt through this difficult time of COVID-19 and allow us to continue offering valuable educational mental health resources;
  • Marketing and promotion of our programs by expanding the reach of the program;
  • Supporting our Stigma-Free Society staff financially; and
  • Engaging experts on mental health and education to enhance our programs.

*The programs you will be directly supporting include:

Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Student Mental Health Toolkit

Virtual Stigma-Free Schools Program

Through your generous donation, we will be able to expand these resources in supporting the mental health and well-being of more people than ever! We are a Charity that is aiming for North American heights and we need your help!

 

The Fundraiser will have Two Components: 

  1. The Stigma-Free Stories Premiere Documentary – May 5th, 2021 @ 7:00pm (PST) (All Ages – Rated G)

 Click Here to Purchase Tickets for $25 each!

 

  1. Facebook/YouTube Livestream Stigma-Free Marathon – May 5th @ 10:00am – 2:00pm (PST)

This portion of the fundraiser will take place on two streaming platforms:

The Stigma-Free Society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel

More updates to come on this event!

Become a Sponsor of the Fundraiser:

If you want to get involved even more, you can sponsor the event! Sponsorship is also advantageous for you, and here’s how:

  • We will use our social media, websites, newsletter and more to promote your amazing foundation or business if you choose to sponsor us.
  • Number of Social Media Followers: 8,000+
  • Number of Newsletter Subscribers: 800+
  • All sponsors will receive Tax Receipts for amounts over $25 for their donation.

    You can donate to the charity directly by clicking here!

Check out the Fundraiser Tab on our website for more information about sponsorship levels from bronze to platinum!

At the Stigma-Free Society, we are continuously inspired by the support of our community. Your support is the reason that we are able to do such valuable and important work in breaking down stigma and supporting people’s mental health and well-being.

Thank you so much in advance for your support!

~The Stigma-Free Team