STIGMA-FREE ZONE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA DESIGNATIONS

Geographical Areas are given a Stigma-Free Zone Toolkit to work towards their Stigma-Free Zone designations by adopting the following criteria.

STIGMA-FREE ZONE CRITERIA

  1. Canadian based federal, provincial, and municipal areas are eligible to become a Stigma-Free Zone based on a long-term demonstrated commitment by the Stigma-Free Community Champion(s) who lead the designation of a Stigma-Free Zone designation in their geographical area.
  2. The Stigma-Free Community Champion is ideally a Member of Parliament (MP) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), mayor or another community leader as supported by these individuals.
  3. Community Champion(s) host a Stigma-Free event such as a community presentation and have one of the Society’s speakers share their personal journey about facing great obstacles in the face of stigma, whilst promoting a stigma-free culture. The Stigma-Free Community Champion(s) invites leaders in their area such as school district/school staff, politicians from all levels of government, business owners, non-profits, government and the general public. These people are invited by the Community Champion(s) to an event to learn about the Community Champion’(s) commitment to having their geographical area become a Stigma-Free Zone in future.
  4. The community event offers the opportunity to have all participants take the stigma-free pledge and stigma-free test online to demonstrate their commitment and they also share this valuable information with their staff and chosen organizations.
  5. The community event offers a platform for the Stigma-Free Community Champion(s) to announce and receive the honor of being given a Stigma-Free Zone plaque at the event that highlights that the riding is in progress and undergoing activities to have the geographical area designated as a Stigma-Free Zone in future. The MP, MLA and/or mayor then displays their chosen amount of stigma-free zone materials such as plaques, poster(s) and/or window decals to display at their offices, which promotes the stigma-free zone culture.
  6. The Stigma-Free Community Champion(s) partner with the Stigma-Free Task Force and distribute the monthly or quarterly “Stigma-Free Check-ins” to their mailing list to working towards having the geographical space designated as a stigma-free zone. Organizations are expected to distribute the Society’s selected and brief stigma-free media content for these check-ins at a minimum of four times per year to progress toward the stigma-free zone designation. These various media pieces that will come in a simple format such as a blog, brief video clip, article, among additional mediums that promote a stigma-free culture in their geographical area.
  7. Upon receiving the stigma-free zone materials, the Community Champions commits to working with the Stigma-Free Zone Task Force upon receiving the honor of undertaking activities that are meaningful, thoughtful and tailored to their respective communities. The Community Champion(s) make a strong commitment to undertake defined activities in the riding in a long-term plan and agree to report back on their progress on an annual basis at a community event in their riding.

We are open to hearing from you about your thoughts and ideas for designating stigma-free zones as this movement is in its developing stages. We support and encourage you in maintaining a stigma-free zone that promotes awareness, understanding and acceptance. Please feel free to Contact Us and we look forward to your innovative and creative ideas!

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.