Andrea Paquette

Society President, Spokesperson and School & Community Presenter – Metro Vancouver

Andrea Paquette, President, SFS, is the Society’s leader, however, she wears many hats for the Charity. Andrea is also a passionate presenter for the Stigma-Free School and Community presentations’ programs. Andrea is an experienced Speaker/Presenter/Facilitator who lives well with bipolar disorder having been diagnosed for over 16 years. She holds a double major degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies and she has worked for the BC government in the areas of mental health and addictions, social development and education. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and ASIST Suicide Prevention. She has also been trained and certified in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health First Aid course.

Andrea is the 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient in the category of Mental Health given by Coast Mental Health, the 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year in Victoria, BC, and she is also the Winner of the 2013 Award for Youth Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C. Andrea is recognized as the winner for Vancouver Island’s Business and Community Award – 2015 Top 20 Under 40 Award. Andrea has also been named as an official spokesperson for the 2016 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). She has been featured on a Bell Let’s Talk Public Service Announcement aired nationally and multiple media outlets that showcase her personal story. Andrea is a 2018 Nominee for the Women Influencer Awards from the Women’s Collaborative Hub and a 2017nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Community Champion Award.