Stella Rockel

Fraser South Regional Educator

(Delta, Surrey, Langley, White Rock, Abbotsford)

British Columbia


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I was born and raised in Vancouver and I am currently a student at UBC studying Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

When I was 16, my close family member began experiencing, what I didn’t know at the time, were symptoms of schizophrenia. The years that proceeded were some of the most difficulties times I went through. It wasn’t until three years later that they received a diagnosis and acquired the proper support and treatment.

The BCSS and Regional Educators were fundamental in supporting my family throughout all of this. In my third year of university, I felt my journey as a family member of someone living with schizophrenia turn from grief, pain and loss to advocacy. I began volunteering by sharing my story at partnership presentations and now, I am lucky enough to say I have a job with BCSS. It is an honour and a privilege to be working with an organization that has helped so many find hope and support. I know my family would not be where we are today without the support of BCSS, and to now be a part of this team means the world to me.

Mental health, social justice and caring for others are passions of mine that I will bring to this job every day. I will provide education around mental illnesses as well as compassion and empathy to those in need.

In my free time I enjoy getting outside, playing guitar, spending time with loved ones and my dog Dexter. As well as working with BCSS, I am a support worker for people living with disabilities, a job I love more every day.

I am here to help in any way that I can, support those in need and work towards ending the stigma of mental illness by increasing awareness and education.