Andrea Paquette

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Andrea Paquette serves as the President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society. In 2009,
she initiated the Bipolar Babe Project, sharing her personal mental health journey and
establishing a website as a valuable resource hub. Evolving into the Bipolar Disorder Society of
BC in 2010, the charity later rebranded as the Stigma-Free Society, extending its reach across
Canada through comprehensive education and training programs. 


At the heart of Andrea's dedication is the Society's impactful Virtual Presentations Program, led
by 21 stigma-free personal story presenters. These individuals spotlight their own struggles and
victories, spearheading Andrea's mission to foster awareness, understanding, and acceptance of
various stigmas.


Driven by a passion to combat mental health stigma and societal biases, Andrea shares her
inspiring journey since her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2005, addressing diverse audiences
across North America. As an acclaimed mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker, and
published author, she has delivered her story at 850+ venues, including schools, workplaces, and
community events, touching thousands with her message of hope.


Andrea's exceptional contributions have earned her prestigious accolades, including the 2023
Alberta Blue Cross - Faces of Wellness Recipient and the 2019 President's Commendation from
the Psychiatric Association of Canada. Notably, she was a 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction
nominee for Metro Vancouver and featured in a nationally aired Bell Let’s Talk Public Service
Announcement. Her impactful presence extends to the media, where she appeared in CBC's
documentary "You Can’t Ask That."


Andrea shares her message with passion far and wide that truly...
"No matter our challenges, we can all live extraordinary lives."

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