Invitation to Participate in Peer Panel: PWLLE of Substance Use

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is working on a new public-facing campaign around the topic of drug use and overdose. The purpose of the campaign is to help inform and educate the general public in British Columbia and reduce stigma.

The Ministry is seeking participants with lived and living experience surrounding substance use and overdose to share their thoughts and perspectives to help inform campaign planning. This session is an opportunity for participants to provide insight and feedback regarding their experiences, to support campaign themes and values that are respectful, effective, and influence change.

This will be a 2-hour session, facilitated by peer support workers, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Participants will be compensated with an honorarium of $50 for their participation in this session, as per the BCCDC’s Peer Payment Standards.

Session Details

When: Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 5:30 PM– 7:30 PM

What: A peer-facilitated discussion about an upcoming campaign around drug use and overdose.

Where: Virtual meeting – Zoom meeting information will be provided.

Requirements: Access to internet and a computer, or a smartphone with audio/microphone is required. Video is optional.

Who: Individuals with lived or living experience surrounding drug use, addiction, and overdose.


Safer Spaces: To foster an environment where participants feel comfortable sharing feedback and speaking openly, the Ministry has partnered with peer facilitators, Whitney Welsh and Jonathan Orr, to host this session. Guidelines for community safer spaces will be established at the beginning of the session to ensure that participants can contribute to the safety of the discussion. Additional suggestions are welcome.

Zoom Meeting Information and Accessibility: Instructions on how to join will be provided in the invitation link. Closed captioning will be available during the session.

Contact: Please email or call Alana Goddard at [email protected] or 236-478-1747, if you would like to attend this session or would like further information.