THIS WEEK ONLY! IMMACULATE CONCEPT FUNDRAISING PROMOTION

We thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Immaculate Concept Tattoo this upcoming week!


All this week, any donation up to $500 made to us at will receive a store credit in the same amount at Immaculate Concept Tattoo & Piercing.

Please email lindsay@skippingstone.ca once a donation has been made to receive your confirmation of store credit.

All donations raised through this initiative will go directly to trans and gender diverse youth through awards and scholarships.

SKIPPING STONE LAUNCHES 'TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY AWARD'

The Skipping Stone Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with Education Matters to launch the 'Transgender Community Award'.

This $2000 award recognizes a student entering post-secondary studies who has shown commitment as an emerging community leader and has had a positive impact on the trans and gender diverse communities.

Applications are open now at: https://www.educationmatters.ca/applying-for-a-scholarship/

METTA CLINIC PROJECT LAUNCH SENDS STRONG MESSAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALGARY- “This clinic saved his life and it will save others” says Lindsay Peace, Vice-President of Skipping Stone speaking about her son Ace in an interview last week “Having a transgender child isn’t the difficult part. It’s navigating the system that’s proved to be really challenging.”

This is the message that’s sounded strongly and clearly through the first week of the Skipping Stone’s Foundation social media campaign to raise awareness and support for the Metta Clinic. The campaign is resonating with the public and getting results.

“The swell of support for the clinic has been incredible” says Amelia Marie Newbert, President of Skipping Stone “Calgarians and all Albertans have rallied behind this campaign and are clearly voicing that the Metta Clinic in essential in keeping trans and gender diverse youth safe and healthy and the status quo just isn’t cutting it.”

The inadequacy of the current funding is a message echoed by a number of doctors who specialize in trans-based health last week in the media. Even the Minister of Health acknowledge this past week that the clinic serves an “invaluable” function to trans youth and families.

Beyond this positive messaging, the Metta Clinic Project has seen overwhelming succeess in the following measurable ways as well: over 1500 people connected with our website, over 1500 people unique views of our first personal story video, we reached over 15,000 people with our posts on social media channels, and received extensive media coverage.

We continue our campaign with a new video launching today which tells Linsday’s story and lends light to the perspective, concerns and struggles of a parent and family particularly when facing barriers to timely access to care.

“We have a lot to be proud of and a lot to be hopeful about. We’ve got momentum on our side right now” says Newbert “And that’s why it’s essential that we continue to stay engaged. Keep talking. Keep sharing. And keep writing your MLA.”

ALBERTA'S CARE FOR TRANSGENDER KIDS A 'BROKEN SYSTEM' SAYS DOCTORS

Speaking of the Metta Clinic operation only a day a month, Dr Jablonski, a family doctor who practices a lot of trans healthcare say" Today it won't work. It isn't working. It's broken. The system's absolutely broken."

Jablonski has a very strong message for government: young people are suffering. "The ramifications if it's not dealt with properly are horrific,"

Sean Ruhland, 15, faces another two-and-a-half-year wait to get into the Metta Clinic for testosterone therapy. His mom Pamela Ruhland calls the wait "ludicrous." (Pamela Ruhland)

Sean Ruhland, 15, faces another two-and-a-half-year wait to get into the Metta Clinic for testosterone therapy. His mom Pamela Ruhland calls the wait "ludicrous." (Pamela Ruhland)

Dr Raiche, Calgary's only trans-focused psychiatrist agrees: "[It's] definitely not enough, I think it's merely scratching the surface in terms of volume."

"For anybody waiting for any medical service, three years is far too long of a wait time. And definitely when you factor in the vulnerable, at-risk nature of this population, that's way too long."

These doctors within Alberta Health Services would tireless please join out campaign and voice to your MLA that the Metta Clinic and these doctors and professionals need increased funding and support.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-s-care-for-transgender-kids-a-broken-system-say-doctors-1.3974902

 

TRANSGENDER YOUTH IN ALBERTA NEED MORE THAN 1 PART TIME CLINIC, SAYS NEW CAMPAIGN

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Our very own Ace and Amelia were up early this morning to chat with CBC about the Metta Clinic and our campaign. In case you missed us... or even if you caught us! Here's the great article that came out of it.

We were glad to hear the Minister of Health acknowledge that the knowledgeable and comprehensive care offered at the Metta Clinic is invaluable to trans youth and their families within the article.

It absolutely is invaluable and essential in ensuring trans and gender diverse youth are safe and healthy.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/transgender-youth-clinic-support-alberta-1.3969933

YEARS-LONG WAIT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR YOUTH GENDER CLINICS

Lyle Aspinall / Postmedia Network

Lyle Aspinall / Postmedia Network

Three of our founding members: Amelia Marie Newbert, Lindsay Peace and Ace Peace sit down with Michele Jarvie of the Calgary Herald to talk about the critical role the Metta Clinic serves to trans and gender diverse youth and our campaign to raise awareness and support it.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/years-long-wait-highlights-need-for-youth-gender-clinic

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AIMS TO RAISE SUPPORT FOR ONLY TRANS YOUTH CLINIC IN PROVINCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALGARY- “When I came out as transgender everyone supported me. I was supported by family, friends and school. But it was still hell for me.” says Ace Peace, a 16 year old transgender boy who is featured in a social media campaign to raise support for the Metta Clinic. “I was watching my body change in ways I didn’t want to see it change. I felt like it was betraying me.”

This is the terrifying truth facing countless transgender and gender diverse youth. The Metta Clinic is for many of them the only chance to avoid a puberty they were never meant to go through. It is Alberta’s only clinic providing comprehensive care for transgender youth and it is desperately under-funded.

“Right now, the clinic only operates a single day per month. That’s less than two weeks a year. It’s just not good enough.” says Amelia Marie Newbert, President of Skipping Stone Foundation, the organization behind the campaign. “We’ve heard a lot from the government that there is not clearly established need for the clinic. Since it’s creation in 2014, the wait list has grown from 9 months to almost 3 years. That is clearly established need.”    

Throughout the month of February, the foundation will be releasing a video per week via their website and social media channels. These videos contain vulnerable and compelling first hand experiences from transgender youth and their families. They highlight the struggles they experienced while waiting for access to care. They also highlight the significant and positive impact the Metta Clinic has on their lives.

The first video in this campaign launches from the project section of our webpage.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand the amazing things that happen when children are supported,” said Lindsay Peace, Vice-President of Skipping Stone and Ace’s mother “and that’s what I want to see for all these kids. I know the power a community has when it comes together to support itself. It brings out the best in people and we intend to be a catalyst for that change.”

With even more initiatives planned for release this spring and summer, Skipping Stone is asking for support in spreading its message.