What is a Stigma-Free Zone?

A Stigma-Free Zone is an environment where people refrain from actions that may cause harm to the emotional well-being and confidence of others, and provides a safe space where people can exist free of ridicule, harassment and bullying.

Lucas Gates, Ambassador for the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub is a leader in helping his Charity obtain their Stigma-Free Zone designation in Richmond, B.C.

The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub is the first charity in Canada to be working toward their Stigma-Free Zone designation.

The Autism Hub has a team of Stigma-Free Champions that includes Lucas Gates, Ambassador, Laura Lombardi, Vice President, Foundation – Pacific Autism Family Network and additional staff members with the support of CEO Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia.

The Stigma-Free Society is excited to be working with this very effective organization and having all of the Stigma-Free Zone criteria complete in the upcoming months.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MLA LINDA REID – PROVINCIAL RIDING OF RICHMOND-EAST

The riding of Richmond-East in British Columbia has committed to working towards a Stigma-Free Zone designation. Thank you to our Community Champion MLA Linda Reid.

Dave Richardson and Andrea Paquette, Stigma-Free Zone Movement Co-Founders  from the Stigma-Free Society, present MLA Reid with an award in February 2017, to place in her office to begin the process of first identifying her constituency office as a Stigma-Free Zone and eventually her entire riding.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MLA JANE THORNTHWAITE – PROVINCIAL RIDING OF NORTH VANCOUVER-SEYMOUR

The riding of Vancouver-Seymour in British Columbia has committed to working towards a Stigma-Free Zone designation. Thank you to our Community Champion MLA Jane Thornthwaite.

Dave Richardson and Andrea Paquette, Stigma-Free Zone Movement Co-Founders  from the Stigma-Free Society, present MLA Thornthwaite with an award in January 2017, to place in her office to begin the process of first identifying her constituency office as a Stigma-Free Zone and eventually her entire riding.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MLA SAM SULLIVAN – PROVINCIAL RIDING OF Vancouver- False Creek

The riding of Vancouver- False Creek in British Columbia has committed to working towards a Stigma-Free Zone designation. Thank you to our Community Champion MLA Sam Sullivan.

Dave Richardson and Andrea Paquette, Stigma-Free Zone Movement Co-Founders  from the Stigma-Free Society, present MLA Sullivan with an award in April 2017, to place in his office to begin the process of first identifying his constituency office as a Stigma-Free Zone and eventually his entire riding.

The Stigma-Free Society is working with MLAs in provincial ridings, leaders in businesses/organizations, and school staff and students.

Please refer to our Stigma-Free Zone criteria and learn how to create a stigma-free zone.

You are encouraged to understand people’s differences and celebrate their diversity and individuality, which truly makes up the unique fabric of humanity.

You can be stigma-free by recognizing the trauma caused by bullying and learning about the stigmas that affect many people in society. You can create your classroom and eventually your school as a safe space where all people are accepted and understood.

This ‘stigma-free zone’ will not discriminate people on the basis of:

Age, race, mental illness, physical illness, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, nationality, religion, and physical appearance.

Check out our Stigma-Free Test and gain some teachable moments along the way that encourage you to ponder on your own attitudes and beliefs around stigma.

Take our Stigma-Free Pledge and get your own Stigma-Free Zone certificate today.