Jeremy Dias

Jeremy Dias

Director and Founder

Jeremy Dias was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up there until moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he attended high school. As a youth, he was motivated by social and political inequality to take action, volunteering with numerous organizations and charities. In high school he started and lead a number of clubs including Stop Racism and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving. He also founded and coordinated the Sault Ste. Marie first regional LGBTQ youth group.

After coming out in high school, Jeremy faced extreme cases of discrimination by students & school officials. At 17, he began a legal case against his school and school board, and at 21 won Canada’s second largest human rights settlement. Jeremy used the money to found Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative, the international Day of Pink and the Jeremy Dias Scholarship.

Jeremy has been featured on Canada AM, Much Music, CTV News, Global News and CBC News; and has been a keynote speaker at countless conferences and events.

He has completed a degree in Psychology and Political Science at the University of Ottawa, continues to volunteer for a number of organizations including Housing Help and the Imperial Court. He is also a columnist for 2B Magazine in Montreal. Jeremy Dias currently serves as Jer’s Vision’s Executive Director.

Some of his awards/distinctions include:

National Youth Leader (MADD Canada, 2003)
Miss Campus Pride (uOttawa & Carleton, 2004-2005)
Mover & Shaker (Ottawa Citizen, 2005)
Political Activist of the Year (nomination, Capital Xtra, 2005)
Metis Sash (University of Manitoba, 2005)
Citizen of the Year (City of Ottawa, 2006)
Outstanding Achievement in Queer Youth Visibility (Youthline, 2006)
Youth Activist of the Year (Capital Xtra, 2006
Jury's Choice (Québec Queer Youth Alliance, 2007).
Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers (Province of Ontario, 2007)
Do Something/Teen Choice Awards (nomination, Do Something Inc, 2008)
Youth Achievement Award (Pride Toronto, 2008)
Featured on 100,000 Doritos Bags (Do Something Inc, 2008)
Susan Sarandon Award (Do Something Inc, 2009)
Young Revolutionaries Who Rock (Dallas Jessup, 2009)
Grand Marshall (Vancouver Pride, 2009)
Youth Leader Award (Crime Prevention Ottawa, 2009)
Everyday Hero (Global National News, 2010)
Grand Marshall (Windsor Pride, 2010)
Victim Service Awards of Distinction (Attorney General, Province of Ontario, 2011)
School Fish (Diversity Value) Named after Jeremy (Michelle Jean Elementary, 2011)
Interviewee for Lady Gaga (Metro News, 2011)
National Award (Durham Pride, 2011)
Step Up, Speak Out Champion (Canadian Asociation for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Phsycial Activity, 2011) 
GLISA North America Human Rights Award (GLISA North America, 2011)
Inductee (Queer Hall of Fame, 2011)
Jose Julio Sarria Human Rights Award (Imperial Court, 2011)
Order of the Golden Eagle (Imperial Court, 2011)
Order of the Maple Leaf (Imperial Court, 2011) 
Community Hero Award (PFLAG Brockville, 2011)
Mayor's City Builder Award (City of Ottawa, 2012) 
Top 10 (2B Magazine, 2012) 
Youth Entrepreneur (Notable.ca, 2012) 
Activist of the Year (nomination, Capital Pride, 2012)
Not-For-Profit Award (nomination, The Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce, 2012) 
Youth Social Entrepreneur Award (Red River College, 2012)  
Diamond Jubilee Award (Government of Canada, 2013) 
Great Canadians Near You (CBC, 2013) 


 

Contact Jeremy at: info@jersvision.org