Spectrum Community School – Victoria, B.C.

Spectrum Community School has become Victoria’s very first school to work towards their Stigma-Free Zone designation. The Society’s Vancouver Island presenter, Robyn Thomas, spoke to over 300 students in an assembly-style presentation on mental health, stigma and how we can all work together to tackle stigma to be more accepting. The Spectrum Philanthropy Club students put in extra effort to work with the Society and created a Stigma-Free Banner to mark the beginning of the collaboration. Students have already planned special stigma-reducing events for each month of the year from awareness of different religions to physical disabilities. Staff members have volunteered to challenge other schools in the area to gain their Stigma-Free Zone designations.