The Jeremy Dias Scholarship seeks to recognize a youth that has taken initiative in addressing discrimination in their school or community.
Applicants must be Canadian citizens/residents; and must be a high school or Cegep students entering accredited post-secondary institutions, or students currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
Nominated by Canadian youth, and selected by the Jer's Vision Youth Adivsory Committee, the Jer's Vision Visionary Awards regonized individuals who have done something incredible to promote diversity, and who inspire youth to make a difference in their schools and communities.
Nominations are being accepted on an ongoing basis.
This Saturday, April 9th, 2011, student joined Jer's Vision for a Diversity Field Trip. The trip included a workshop by the Centre for Equity and Human Rights, a tour of the Jer's Vision office at uOttawa, a mini-market tour, and a 2.5 hour tour of the National Art Gallery. Special giant thanks to René at CEHR for her amazing workshop, and our partners Highlander Pub & the National Art Gallery.
Keynote speaker Vivek Shraya got a standing ovation for his inspirational message at the Dare to Stand Out Conference in Ottawa, presented by Jer's Vision, on March 5, 2011. Vivek talked about his role models and how LGBTQ&allied youth can find and also be their own role model. Check out his inspirational song. For more information go to his website: VivekShraya.com.
Justin Trudeau speaks about his support for Jer's Vision and the LGBTQ community in Canada. Check out what he had to say at the Hedy Fry diversity event in Ottawa on April 23, 2011.
Today, Jer's Vision runs outreach and educational programming in every province and territory, and will this year (school year 2010-2011) work with over 80,000 youth to promote diversity and end discrimination & bullying of all kinds.
Featuring: Mauril Bélanger (MP & Liberal Candidate for Ottawa-Vanier), Trevor Haché (NDP Candidate for Ottawa-Vanier), Tim Tierney (Ottawa City Councillor, Beacon Hill-Cyrville), & Jer's Vision, students at Colonel By Secondary School's SAFE (Students Advocating For Equality) club launched their Rainbow Week.
On April 12, 2011, Jer's Vision, PFLAG Ottawa, Tania Dopler (from the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy), Anne McKillop-Ostrom (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board), and RBC came together to run a workshop for RBC employees to learn about homophobia in schools. The event was a great event. RBC also announced that over 5000 employees will be wearing pink on April 13, 2011--The International Day of Pink. What will you be wearing?
Over 850 students at Woodroffe High School committed to wearing pink on April 12, 2011. Jer's Vision was honoured to keynote an assembly for all the students about stopping bullying and promoting respect. Students learned what they could do to stop bullying and promote respect in their school and youth communities!
Check out their Respect Flash Mob video!
Sir Robert Borden turned into a school wide conference for Day of Pink with students attending a variety of seminars, presentations and events. Jer's Vision presented 2 workshops; the first about Media Literacy (exploring themes of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and race) were presented in the media). The other workshop talked about sexual consent in relationships.
Students loved the workshops! Check out their comments above.