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Every year, Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) dedicates the month of April to raising awareness of the unique experiences of people with Parkinson's, and the needs of our community. Parkinson's Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage the public in expanding their understanding of Parkinson's, and the profound effects it has on the lives of over 15,000 British Columbians living with the disease.

This April, we want to spread the message that Parkinson's is more than a tremorThe disease can affect all aspects of one's life, and there is currently no known cure.

Our 2022 campaign highlights: 

  • Personal journeys shared by people with Parkinson's, their families, and carepartners.
  • The importance of living well with Parkinson's, through self-management, self-reliance, and self-advocacy.
  • Community ties and peer support bringing together the Parkinson's community across British Columbia. 

While most people have heard of Parkinson's disease, the breadth of symptoms experienced, and ripple effect the disease has on friends, family, and the healthcare system, are lesser understood. With approximately 15,000 people affected by the condition, Parkinson's is the second most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer's - yet it receives considerably less attention.

Throughout April, we will be posting to our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


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How can I participate?

Whether you are a person with Parkinson's disease, carepartner, friend, or family member, we invite you tell your story, and help spread the word that Parkinson's is #MoreThanATremor! See below for information on how you can help make a difference this April.

Post on social media

Social media is a powerful way to communicate. This year, we are encouraging you to share your Parkinson's disease (PD) story using the hashtag #MoreThanATremor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Sharable Images

Click on the thumbnails below to view and download our shareable social media images! Please feel free to share these graphics on your social media channels, and be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #MoreThanATremor!

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Facebook

Be sure to like Parkinson Society British Columbia's page on Facebook. Share your PD story on our wall or on your personal profile using the #MoreThanATremor hashtag. Select posts might be re-shared on the PSBC Facebook page*.  

Sample Facebook Posts:

  1. Approximately 15,000 British Columbians have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD). While most people have heard of PD, the breadth of symptoms experienced and the ripple effect the condition has on family, friends and the healthcare system is lesser known. This April, I am supporting the Parkinson's community in BC by participating in #MoreThanATremor.

  2. April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, and I'm taking part in the #MoreThanATremor campaign to help raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, the second most common neurodenerative disorder after Alzheimer's.

Twitter

Tweet your thoughts on PD or photos, and use the #MoreThanATremor hashtag. As long as your tweets are public, others will be able to find you via the hashtag and engage*. 

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Sample Tweets:

  1. While you might have heard of Parkinson's, did you know that symptoms vary significantly from person to person? #MoreThanATremor

  2. April is #ParkinsonsAwarenessMonth. Although Parkinson's is slightly more prevalent in men than women, it impacts people regardless of age and ethnicity. #MoreThanATremor

  3. Parkinsons disease impacts 15,000 British Columbians, as well as friends, family members, and the healthcare system. #MoreThanATremor

Instagram

Tell your #MoreThanATremor story visually on this photo based platform!*

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*Parkinson Society British Columbia understands that everyone has a right to privacy on social media. Most social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, offer varying levels of privacy. Please don't feel pressure to change your settings - there are other ways to support this campaign! However, please be aware that hashtags can only be viewed by those who can see your accounts.  

Approach your local news outlet

Since April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, news coverage about the disease and the people affected is considered topical. In the past, many people with Parkinson's have been successful in helping to earn media coverage in their communities. This year, PSBC invites you to approach your own local media! 

When approaching the media, please feel free to share our press release, which offers details on Parkinson's Awareness Month and Parkinson Society BC. View and download the press release here. 

In past years, residents have also provided interviews, written letters to the editor or offered their own stories which have been shared with various types of media. Here are some examples:

Submit Your Photo

In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Month this April, we will be collecting photos from people with Parkinson's disease in BC to help draw attention to the diversity of the community.

Every journey with Parkinson's is unique. The disease can run in families, or come as a complete surprise and can affect anyone despite their age. Often, many people with Parkinson's don't understand much about the disease until they themselves are diagnosed. This Awareness Month, we invite you to be one of our faces of Parkinson's.

Submit Your Photo!

Fill Out a PD Postcard

We are asking for people to fill out our Parkinson’s Awareness Month postcards, reflecting on their personal journey with Parkinson’s in an effort to educate the public. These postcards may also be used in future communications to raise awareness of the diversity of the PD community in British Columbia.

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Submit a PD Postcard!


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Proclamations

Parkinson Society BC submits requests to municipalities for the issue of proclamations acknowledging April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. A proclamation is an official declaration issued by an authority to make certain announcements known. Some municipalities do not issue these documents.

The following is a list of the authorities that have issued proclamations for this year:

 

  • Powell River
  • Coquitlam
 

 

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Community Partners

Organizations across the province are showing their support for Parkinson's Awareness Month by sharing stories, making public services announcements, and lighting up their landmarks this April! Parkinson Society British Columbia is grateful for the support of all of our community partners this year. Learn more about our partners and how they're supporting us below.


Media Partners

This year, we are grateful for media partnership provided by Global BC and 980 CKNW

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Radio

The following stations have kindly included Parkinson's Awareness Month in their programming and community announcements:

Country 1071

Country 107.1 | Abbotsford Rogers Radio

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Move Radio | Vancouver, Penticton, Kelowna, Fort St. John Bell Media

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Virgin Radio | Vancouver
Bell Media

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Bounce Radio | All Across BC
Bell Media

Pure Country National

Pure Country | Vernon, Terrace, Dawson Creek Bell Media

Radio Cfax1070

CFAX 1070 | Victoria Bell Media

Radio Newstalk1150

AM 1150 | Kelowna Bell Media

Radio Funny

Funny Comedy Radio | Vancouver
Bell Media

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BNN Bloonberg Radio| Vancouver Bell Media

Tv1 Cftk  CFTK TV | Terrace Bell Media
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CJDC TV| Dawson Creek Bell Media

   

 

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Landmark lighting

To signal their support for the Parkinson's community, buildings and landmarks across the province are lighting up in Parkinson Society BC's colours, teal and magenta this April 11, on World Parkinson's Day! We extend our thanks to the participating locations below:

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District Hall & Civic Plaza

Whistler

Whistler Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge

Fort St John

Centennial Park Stage and Park Lamp Posts

Castlegar

Castlegar Bridge -  Kinnaird Interchange

Anvil

Anvil Centre

Surrey Bridge

Surrey Highway Overpass

Whiterock

White Rock Pier

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Bloedel Conservatory

Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek City Hall

Bclass Logo Open Graph  BC Parliament Buildings

 


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Show your support!

We invite local businesses and organizations to show their support for our campaign and lend their platform to become a community partner this April Awareness Month! Community partners will be recognized in our newsletters, on our website, and on social media. For more information on how your organization can get involved, read on below.

Landmark lighting

In recognition of World Parkinson’s Day this April 11, Parkinson Society British Columbia is partnering with landmarks and facilities across the province to light up for Parkinson’s awareness. We invite all interested organizations and businesses to show their support for over 15,000 British Columbians living with Parkinson’s, and help spread the message that no one is alone in their journey with this disease.

Please consider lighting up your facility or landmark in teal and magenta this April 11 to signify the colours of our community as represented by Parkinson Society BC.

Sponsorship & advertising

Give the gift of support by sponsoring or donating an advertising opportunity on World Parkinson's Day, April 11. Parkinson Society British Columbia relies on the generosity of our donors to fund our public awareness and advocacy efforts. By donating an advertising space, you can help us raise support and awareness for the Parkinson's community.

Social media

Help us spread the word by sharing our posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Throughout the month of April, we will be releasing stories, photos, and videos as part of our public awareness campaign. Show your support by using our hashtag, #MoreThanATremor! Stay tuned to see our posts.


If you have questions or comments about #MoreThanATremor or any of PSBC's awareness activities, please contact:

Kat Perez
Community Engagement Assistant
kperez@parkinson.bc.ca | 1-800-668-3330
Alicia Wrobel
Senior Manager, 
Resource Development & Communications
awrobel@parkinson.bc.ca | 1-800-668-3330


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