Jer's Vision

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Jer's Vision
Formation 2005
Legal status
active
Purpose Anti-Bullying, Gay rights in Canada
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Location Canada
Executive Director
Jeremy Dias
Website www.jersvision.org

Jer's Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative works to stop bullying, discrimination and homophobia in schools and communities in Canada, and abroad. Through workshops, presentations, training conferences, and by supporting youth initiatives, they engage youth in celebrating diversity.[clarification needed]

The organization uses a model that is youth led; looks at concepts such as diversity inclusively & intersectionally; works to customize programming for communities; and seeks to engage everyone in a dialogue of diversity.[clarification needed]

Overview[edit]

Jer's Vision was founded by Jeremy Dias and a 6 member board in 2005, following Dias’ legal case against his school board.[1] Started originally as a scholarship, the organization grew to a range of programs that engage schools in examining the culture of their school and providing them with programming to address challenges around bullying, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.[2][3][4]

Focus areas[edit]

Programming in Schools[edit]

Jer's Vision works with schools to develop and provide programming that engages students, staff and community to understand bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. This includes presentations, workshops, conferences, training, professional development and efforts that support youth initiatives and clubs. The organization works across Canada, especially in rural communities, and in the Northern United States.[5]

Working in Communities[edit]

In 2007, youth from Jer's Vision were inspired by David Shepherd and Travis Price to start the International Day of Pink.[6] The initiative supports youth actions to stop bullying in schools and communities.[7][8][9] In 2012, over 8 million people participate in the International Day of Pink.[10]

The organization sits on a variety of committees and contributes to work across Canada. They have participated in activism and activities with the Parliament of Canada, the Senate, Ontario Government, Ontario Chiefs of Police, and the City of Ottawa.[11][12][13]

Recognizing Community Leaders[edit]

Starting in 2006, Jer's Vision began recognizing individuals and groups with the Youth Role Model of the Year award. The award recognizes persons who have done exceptional work to stop bullying, discrimination in their communities at their annual Gala. Past recipients of the award include Rick Mercer,[14] Jack Layton,[15] Lori Taylor & Brandon Timmerman,[16] Stephen Lewis,[17] Brian Burke,[18] Elder William Commanda, Libby Davies, Hedy Fry,[19] Adamo Ruggiero,[20] Matthew Good[21] and Sheila Copps.[22]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeremy Dias creates scholarship with rights settlement". Xtra. 
  2. ^ "Sharing Jer's Vision". Xtra. 
  3. ^ "Jer's Vision Promotes Sexual Equality". The Ottawa Sun. 
  4. ^ "I Used to Think I Won the Lottery for Losers". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ "Vision for Change". Centretown News. 
  6. ^ "Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates' T-shirt campaign". CBC. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Day of Pink". Ottawa Family Living Magazine. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jer's Vision and the Day of Pink". Xtra. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Day of Pink campaign comes to Ottawa". The Ottawa Citizen. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pink Day anti-bullying campaign draws millions of participants worldwide". Yahoo! News The Daily Brew. 
  11. ^ "Senators Talk to Local Youth About Bullying". Xtra. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "GSAs at Centre of Legal Battle in Ontario". Xtra. 
  13. ^ "Gay Advocates Praise Cop Handbook". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jer's Vision Day of Pink Gala Honours Role Model for Gay Teens". 2b Magazine. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hundreds Celebrate Day of Pink". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jer's Vision Role Models Honoured". Brockville Recorder and Times. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Celebrating six years of fighting discrimination in schools". Xtra. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Brian Burke Scores in Ottawa". Toronto Sun. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Battling Bullying". Macleans. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ottawa date planned for proud Degrassi star". Xtra. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tour Bus Woes". Near Fantastica. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jer's Vision Gala". Ottawa Street Style. 

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