Apply for the Stigma-Free Society Grant Writer Position today!

Please apply for the Stigma-Free Society Grant Writer position today! We are looking for a passionate, profound and persuasive writer! If you are passionate about mental health and also have experience with writing non-profit fundraising grants with meaningful success then please contact us!

The Stigma-Free Society is looking to hire a Grant Writer for on contract to write non-profit donor grant proposals for the Stigma-Free Society. The Grant Writer will write coherent, organized and compelling proposals. You will apply your knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach income goals alongside Andrea Paquette, President of the Charity. You will collaborate with team members in the organization to assist with your fundraising proposals.

To ensure success, you will be required to write in a compelling and strategic manner, have proficient knowledge of Charity fundraising methods and be committed to the Stigma-Free Society’s mission. Preferred applicants are deadline-driven team players with outstanding multitasking abilities and have a proven history of fundraising success for non-profits.

Grant Writer Responsibilities:

  • Display adherence to organization’s mission.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of organization’s history and programs.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities.
  • Write, submit and manage grant proposals alongside President.
  • Collaborating with President of SFS and Full-Time Grant Writer.
  • Provide all records as final to the President, SFS.

Grant Writer Requirements:

  • 2+ years grant writing experience for charities.
  • Proficient with measuring and proof of reaching income goals.
  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.

Non-Profit Grant Writer – Rate $60/hour up to $2500/month

Submit Resume and Cover letter by December 15, 2020 to Andrea Paquette, President, Stigma-Free Society.

Start Date Approximately: Jan. 4th, 2020

E-mail:

[email protected]  

Contact for questions about the position. No phone calls. E-mails only.

We are looking forward to your Cover Letter AND Resume to apply for the position.

Apply Today for a $2000 Stigma-Free Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students

The Stigma-Free Society is extremely proud to announce that we are once again partnering with Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance to offer TWO deserving post-secondary students a $2000 scholarship to be allocated toward their educational pursuits.

This is the third year that the Society has been able to provide these amazing scholarships and it is because of our valuable relationship with Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance. We are proud of the work each recipient has completed over the past few years in the area of educating themselves on how to help eradicate stigma through awareness and education.

Scholarships will be awarded to two students, who have experienced or are currently experiencing the effects of stigma because of mental illness, LGBTQ2+, homelessness, race or addictions issues. Additional related experiences will also be considered.

Criteria to apply:

  • Be a current Resident of British Columbia, Canada;
  • Must have dealt with, or are currently dealing with the effects of stigma in their life;
  • Complete an application form with Cover Letter for the Society’s review;
  • The Society hopes to feature each student’s story on their website and anonymity is also permitted if preferred;
  • Must be accepted and registered at an accredited educational institution for the Spring 2021 Semester.

The Stigma-Free Society works to raise awareness and mental health education to students, parents and educators on how to help stop stigma. We provide space for those who have been on the receiving end of stigma and offer support, understanding and acceptance.

Applications are now closed.

Thank you.

Thank you to the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance for your generosity as these scholarships would not be possible without your financial contribution.

 

Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager, SFS

We Reached our $20k Goal! THANK YOU!

A Warm and Grateful Message from the Stigma-Free Society Team…

We had an INCREDIBLE week last week with our first ever online fundraiser “”Helping Stigma-Free Society During COVID-19”. Through the generous support of the beautiful community around us, we reached our goal of $20,000 and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who donated and who participated in our event.

Throughout the day we had interviews and information sessions about stigma, mental health, how COVID-19 is affecting us and, of course, information on our online COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.

Donations came in throughout the day and with every donation our confidence grew. Not only did our confidence grow in being able to achieve our financial goal we had set for ourselves, but also in the work that we do as a charity. With every donation, people were not only supporting us financially, they were also letting us know that they appreciate and believe in the work we do, encouraging us to continue to grow and expand.

Our work is important and will continue during these unprecedented times – this message was heard loud and clear from all who supported, and continue to support us.

What are we going to do with the donations? Great question. Below are just a few ways we’ll be allocating the donations within our charity:

  • Convert the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit into a General Wellness Toolkit;
  • Add new sections to our General Wellness Toolkit, including  “Defeating Racism during COVID-19” and “How to Help a Friend with Mental Health Issues”;
  • Create and develop new resources such as an Online Distress quiz and a comprehensive Guide for Parents on helping their child struggling with mental health;
  • Sustaining the significant cost of the Youth Toolkit program;
  • Write, create and develop new initiatives such a Wellbeing Toolkits for various other demographics that will reach an even larger audience and will help us branch out from our focus on youth;
  • And SO MUCH MORE.

Once again, thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to be a part of our online fundraiser. Thank you to those who supported us with messages, comments and emails throughout the day. And THANK YOU to the many, many people who donated before, during and after the fundraiser to Stigma-Free Society.

A special thank you to those who donated on behalf of Jaime Traynor. Our deepest love, gratitude and appreciation to you and your loved ones. We will honour Jaime’s memory with our good work and promise to continue to help educate and raise awareness on various stigmas, with a focus on mental health. Jaime – we miss you and love you.

THANK YOU STIGMA-FREE COMMUNITY!

We are beyond grateful.

Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager, SFS

Stigma-Free COVID-19 Online Full-Day Fundraiser – We Need Your Help!

At the Stigma-Free Society we are extremely proud of the work we have been doing to educate and raise awareness about various stigmas, with a focus on mental health in schools, businesses and organizations. When COVID-19 hit, the way we educate and help students and individuals in the community had to change. We responded urgently and are aiming to remain adaptable to change the way we work, and we did so urgently by tirelessly designing, developing, and releasing our Stigma-Free Youth Wellness Toolkit for youth (grades 4-6) and teens (grades 7-12).

The Toolkit was designed for youth and teens’ learnings about mental wellness, and it has become an invaluable resource for parents, educators and counsellors to help them navigate conversations about COVID-19, mental health and provide resources and ideas to keep children and students engaged in a positive way.

Unfortunately, along with COVID-19 came quite a bit of funding barriers and significant losses to our Charity and we need your help.

We have huge plans in place to continue to support our Stigma-Free community in new and unique ways that include creating an interactive guide for parents navigating the mental health system, designing a Rural Mental Wellness Tookit and a Mental Health Toolkit for Indigenous communities.

On June 24, 2020 we are having a day-long Online Marathon Fundraising event on Facebook LIVE!

Please join us throughout the day and donate what you can. We need your support now more than ever.

We are seeking 1000 people to give $20, or whatever they wish on, or before June 24th, 2020!

To donate to our charity on and before, June 24th, donate through this LINK.

We also have guest celebrity 4-Time Olympian Silken Lauman, Author of Unsinkable and Founder of Unsinkable Stories!

We would love your support on June 24th and cannot wait for you to watch the incredible interviews we will be hosting. You will also receive loads of information and support throughout each segment on helping your children and/or students during, not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also throughout their lives.

Please join us and support our charity on June 24th! It’s going to be an amazing day filled with information, interviews and fun.

The Full Line-Up for the day can be found on the Stigma-Free Society’s Facebook Event Page.

Remember, you don’t have to attend the whole day, but do drop by for whatever 30 min. segment interests you, or come over and post your hello!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

Written by, Lindsay Goulet, CDM, Stigma-Free Society

A Very Sad Loss of our Stigma-Free Friend & Colleague, Jaime Traynor

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the loss of a friend and Stigma-Free Society colleague, Jaime Traynor. On behalf of the Stigma-Free Society, and its Board of Directors, we offer our support and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.

Jaime facilitated our Society’s Women’s Peer Support Group for nearly 3 years and attended the group every week over a 5 year period. She was a true champion for those experiencing mental illness. Jaime was so wonderful and very dedicated to the cause of selflessly helping others. She was a ray of sunshine I knew I had to hire immediately to lead our peer support group. She was loved by the group’s members and I am so grateful for her contribution to the Stigma-Free Society, which will never be forgotten.

Here is a link to Jaime’s bio on our website for those of you who did not know her personally: https://stigmafreesociety.com/sfs-team/

While we experience our own loss, we share in the loss experienced by her family and friends. We are a community, and in a community, we need to come together when we face pain. In honour of Jaime’s great contribution, there will not be any pause in our support offerings and we, in fact, encourage more people to attend online with the group, with so many of us requiring mental health support during this time.

You may want to reach out immediately for support if you need someone to talk to. As part of our Stigma Free response to this tragedy, we want to ensure that you know where you can reach out for help.

On Vancouver Island, please know that you can call or text the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1 (888) 494-3888 or you can text/chat at: https://www.vicrisis.ca/. They have been made aware of our recent loss and the significance of losing a peer leader. There is also a crisis line in Vancouver if people need to reach out and talk to someone there for support at: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/

Please remember that you are not alone. You are part of our community, and we are here to support you.

Author, Andrea Paquette, President and Co-Founder, Stigma-Free Society

Temporary Contract – Non-Profit Grant Writer – Rate Negotiable

Temporary Contract – Non-Profit Grant Writer – Rate Negotiable

Start Date: As Soon as Possible

The Stigma-Free Society is looking to hire a temporary Grant Writer for a brief contract to write grant proposals for our organization. It is an exciting time for our Charity and we would love for you to become a part of it. Do you support youth mental wellness and have a heart full of energy to help us reach as many youth as possible with our meaningful programming?

We just launched the new https://stigmafreetoolkit.com and your role will be to help grow and sustain our current and new programming goals.

We need someone who will write coherent, organized and compelling proposals to NEW funders. We need you to apply your professional insight, knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach income goals alongside the President of the Charity- That’s me, Andrea Paquette. I desire a Grant Writer to be a part of the SFS team, and be willing to collaborate with the rest of our team members in the organization. We don’t have it all figured it out, and would also love to learn from your expertise too.

We need you to write in a strategic manner, have proficient knowledge of Charity fundraising methods and be committed to the Stigma-Free Society’s mission. Check out more about us here: https://stigmafreesociety.com/stigma-free-society  Preferred applicants are deadline-driven team players with outstanding multitasking abilities as we have a lot happening right now!

Grant Writer Responsibilities:

  • Display adherence to organization’s mission.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of organization’s history and programs.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities.
  • Write, submit and manage grant proposals alongside President.
  • Collaborating with President of SFS and Full-Time Grant Writer.
  • Provide all records as final to the President, SFS.

Grant Writer Requirements:

  • 2+ years grant writing experience for charities.
  • Proficient with measuring and proof of reaching income goals.
  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.

Want to be a meaningful part of the SFS Team?

Submit Your Resume and Cover letter by May 15, 2020 to Andrea Paquette, President, Stigma-Free Society.

E-mail: [email protected]  

(Contact Andrea for questions about the position.)

If you do not meet all of the qualifications, but feel you would still ‘knock it out of the park’ then do contact me to discuss your application! 🙂  Best of Luck!

How Educators Can Use our NEW COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit

The Stigma-Free Society has been extremely pleased with the feedback on our new Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit. This new Toolkit is an online community-based participatory program that aims to promote mental wellness in grades 4-6 and grades 7-12. Both parents and students have provided incredibly useful feedback on the site, and the Charity is working hard every day to provide accurate information, additional resources, updated activities and continued education for educators, parents and students.

During the BETA launch of the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, we recognized that not only will parents and students benefit from the information on the site, but this is an incredibly useful tool to Educators who are navigating online education.

We are beyond excited to announce that the Surrey School District (SSD) is piloting our new Online Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit with their Educators in the coming months. The SSD has been an incredible supporter of the Stigma-Free Society and we are grateful for the support of Daniel To, Principal of the Surrey School District. Our Charity is very much looking forward to receiving feedback from all people who are helping to educate youth and teens.

The Stigma-Free Society welcomes your input on our Wellness Toolkit as an educational resource to online teaching. Upon visiting https://stigmafreetoolkit.com, click on the Educators Tab, which leads you to useful downloadable resources and showcases a menu to explore the rest of the website.

The COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit will be useful to Educators in the following ways:

  1. Help generate conversations with students during their online schooling (see SFS Conversation Cards);
  2. Explain COVID-19 to students in different ways and be a useful tool to help ensure that all students have the same information about COVID-19 (see our Video Library); and
  3. Provide ideas and suggestions for parents on activities that their kids can do to keep busy (see Youth/Teen Activity Generator).

Here are just a few ideas on how Educators can use the new COVID-19 Wellness Toolkit in their online classrooms:

  1. Share ‘Ben’s Story During COVID-19 Comic’ with students and have them create their own comic with their personal experiences at home, and ask them to re-frame their reactions during COVID-19;
  2. Share one of the many downloadable resources (e.g. 10 Ways to Help Manage Anxiety) and have students draft strategies that work well for themselves;
  3. Similar to the activity generator, have students create a poster on what they are doing to stay healthy during COVID-19 and have them refer to the poster during times of boredom, or confusion;
  4. Have students watch one of the many videos on the site and write a response about how they felt during the video, what they learned and information that helped them the most; and
  5. Have students refer to the ‘Inspiring Stories’ Page and share their own stories on a submitable 2-3 minute video, or research inspiring historical figures.

We truly appreciate Educators and especially those who have taken the time to navigate our new Online COVID-19 Toolkit.Thank you so much for providing us with some very useful feedback. We look forward to hearing from our Educators and learning how you are using the site, as well as hearing any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Much support to you all during this time.

Author, Lindsay Goulet, CDM, Stigma-Free Society

Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit – COMING SOON!

The Stigma-Free Society is bound and determined to continue to educate youth on mental health issues and combat stigma of all kinds. With COVID-19 putting a halt to our school presentations, we decided to create a new online Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.

Our new online COVID-19 Toolkit Program will inform educators and students in grades 4-6 and grades 7-12 about mental well-being, with an emphasis on living a Stigma-Free life. Without significant guidance and support, many young people may end up suffering in silence and isolation. The COVID-19 Toolkit Program will work to eliminate this harmful reality, and instead, provide tools and resources in a home learning environment that opens up conversations free of stigma, particularly about mental health while encouraging overall wellness. We are excited to be able to provide an extremely useful online resource for not only our youth and teens but also for parents and educators.

Here are just a few of the areas we are including in the online COVID-19 Wellness Toolkit:

  • Daily updated information from reputable sources on COVID-19 and its impact on Canadians;
  • Resources and mental health assessments for youth and teens, so they are able to check in on their mental health;
  • Activity ideas for both youth and teens to help them stay busy when they are unable to see friends in person, or participate in their regular extracurricular activities;
  • A parent resource section with “Stigma-Free Conversation Cards” that provide parents with questions to ask their children to spark conversations about COVID-19 and mental health;
  • The website features a Comic Book called, “Ben’s Story,” which highlights a young person’s approach to the COVID-19 situation;
  • Numerous illustrated animations and a 10 Tips for Mental Health Booklet showcases healthy avenues for youth to care for their mental well-being;
  • Resources that are youth and teen-friendly so they can navigate the site themselves and learn more about COVID-19 and mental health; and
  • Live events that include Q&A’s with a psychologist, workouts with a fitness professional and so much more!

The Stigma-Free Society’s plans to launch our new COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit on April 13, 2020, and we are working hard to create an incredible site that parents, educators, youth and teens can easily navigate and learn from. During these uncertain times, it is important for our youth to feel connected and educated on what is happening in the world around them. We are striving to create a program that provides accurate and important information in a helpful and non-scary way.

It is more important than ever that our youth learn about mental health and wellness, and take steps to help maintain their mental health every day. We hope that our site will provide them with the information they need to stay in a positive state of mental health and also provide resources for them should they find themselves struggling with their new reality.

Stay tuned for more information. We are also open to suggestions, so if you have an idea of what you’d like to see included in the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas at [email protected]

~Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager

Stigma Free Society’s Program Delivery & Covid-19

In light of the current uncertainty surrounding the spread of Covid-19; the Stigma Free Society has determined that our responsibility to our staff and the community is best served by suspending all group gatherings, school presentations and public interactions effectively immediately. As such, the women’s group meetings, school and business presentations and other activities, which would involve group assemblies in close proximity are canceled at this time.

Canada’s pandemic goals, which are first, to minimize serious illness and overall deaths, and second to minimize societal disruption among Canadians. This approach will guide Canada’s response to COVID-19. This guidance considers the Canadian context and is based on currently available scientific evidence, expert opinion and public health assumptions. We will continue to follow their lead and respond to their recommendations.

We thank you graciously for your understanding and we will resume our program delivery in the future when it is safe to do so.

Let’s support and continue to demonstrate kindness, understanding, and acceptance of ourselves and others during these challenging times.

Thank you Grant Thornton LLP in Vancouver for your Donation!

Thank you to Grant Thornton LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from the Stigma-Free Society. We appreciate your generous donation of $5000. We truly rely on donors like you to fund our mental health educational programs for the community with a focus on youth. 🙂