Member Code of Conduct

At BIST we want all members to feel safe and comfortable. When coming to a BIST Group or Program – whether its IN PERSON OR ONLINE please follow the below:

  • Keep Personal Space Boundaries – only make physical contact if invited to do so.
  • No offensive language or jokes (this includes but is not limited to sexist, racist and homophobic comments)
  • Clothing bearing inappropriate slogans or pictures is prohibited
  • Do not interrupt others
  • Keep phones on silent
  • Allow all those who want to speak have a say
  • Do not attend programs under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Do not harass, threaten, intimidate or coerce any person at any time
  • Do not take videos or photos of staff or members unless given explicit permission to do so

Online Programs:

  • To maintain the privacy of all participants, you should be alone in a private living space when attending the meeting.
  • Do not record the meeting (audio or video).
  • Please do not screenshot any part of the meeting. All shared resources will be emailed out to participants after each support group.
  • The meetings are meant for persons with lived experience only – If you require a support worker or family member to assist you with navigating the technology, once you have successfully logged on, please have them support you from a space where they cannot hear what is being discussed in the group.
Violations of the above will be addressed by a BIST Staff Member.
“Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.” 
― Roy T. Bennett