Understanding and Optimizing the Role of Rural Peer Navigation Health Models in a Pandemic

Announcing the launch of Stamina Not Stigma, an important community health project for BC’s Southern Gulf Islands region. 

Drawing on experiences of a diverse group of islanders who supported each other through the worst days of the AIDS pandemic and evolved with the changing realities of living with HIV, the premise of Stamina Not Stigma is to affirm wellness strategies, spotlight the role of peers as community health navigators & educators, and show how these approaches can empower and improve health outcomes for folk facing various health and well-being challenges.

Facilitating a series of events and engaging in important conversations over the coming months, the Stamina Not Stigma team will invite a dynamic range of individuals, health care professionals, organizational leaders, community elders, and academics to gather and share knowledge and resources.



Launch Event: The Stamina not Stigma project events series begins Tuesday November 23rd (10 am PT) with a discussion and viewing of the beautifully crafted, ground breaking film, Healing Inner Voices by HIV+ 2-Spirit Indigenous filmmaker, Martin Morberg.


Monday November 29, 2021 @ 7 pm

Untold stories of stigma can profoundly affect our health. HIV disproportionately affects BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) communities.


Wednesday December 1, 2021 @ 12 noon

This online event focuses on women’s healthcare. Everyone is welcome to this event which features the voices of women living with chronic illness who face stigma and other hurdles.


Wednesday December 1st 2021 @ 7 pm

As island community members, we invite you to explore connection and intimacy in the context of our intergenerational gay, bi, queer, and trans male experiences.


January 2022

Exploring issues of stigma for youth.

Details TBA

January 19, 2022 from 9:30 am to 10:45 am

A conversation with regional healthcare professionals

Details TBA

A community, arts-based event bringing together people and the important concepts explored over the course of the Stamina not Stigma project.

Details TBA

for more information and registration details visit:

Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
Phone: 250.382.7927 | Fax: 250.382.3232 | Toll Free: 1.877.382.7927 | | | Login