Andrea Paquette - Board Director
Andrea is also known as the “Bipolar Babe” in the community and she is the Executive Director/Ex-officio of the Stigma-Free Society (www.stigmafreezone.com), Formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia. Andrea offers a hybrid role for the Society and she is passionate about being on the front lines for program delivery as she acts as a classroom and community presenter for mental health and provides leadership in the operations of the Society. Andrea holds extensive experience in the provincial government in policy, communications, and research in the areas of education, mental health, and social development. Andrea has also been chosen as a national spokesperson for the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk. She is named the Provincial 2015 Courage To Come Back award winner given by Coast Mental Health, received the 2015 Top 20 Under 40 Award from Vancouver Island’s Business and Community Awards, 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year Award in Victoria, British Columbia, and the 2013 Award for Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C.