ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
ASPSH's Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Canadian Rockies Chalet in Canmore, Alberta. The meeting will be held in the hotel's Meeting Room at 2pm and is open to all members of ASPSH. The address is 1206 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB, T1W 1N6.
ASPSH'S 2012-2013 ONLINE WORKSHOP CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE. Please click here to go to it for workshop descriptions, facilitator bios, and registration and payment options.
January 28, 2013 was the 25th Anniversary of the Morgentaler Decision. To celebrate this event the Calgary Pro-Choice Coalition arranged a showing of an award winning documentary, Status Quo.
|Don’t miss this essential film! |
The unfinished business of feminism in Canada
Presented by The Calgary Pro-Choice Coalition.
How far has feminism brought us, and how relevant is it today?
Status Quo uncovers provocative, sometimes shocking answers about the progress
we’ve made on key issues.
Written and directed by Karen Cho
Produced by Ravida Din
January 28, 2013 at 7 pm at
The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road N.W.
Online workshop for teachers offered by Alberta Health Services - Teaching Sexual Health website. Please click here for more information
ASPSH's 10th Biennial Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference, "Building Sex Positive Communities: Inclusion for All", took place on May 3rd and 4th, 2012 at the Student's Union Building on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
Our sincere thanks to our tremendous committee of volunteers and staff who worked so diligently and showed such commitment to ensure this year's conference was the best ever. Thanks go to our Conference Co-Chairs:
- Heather Cobb - Calgary
- Edith MacHattie - Vancouver
- Dr. Shaniff Esmail - Edmonton
- Barbara Fowler - Toronto
- Larry Brockman - Edmonton
- Jo-Lynn Ajtai - Lethbridge
- Margaret Newbury-Jones - Vancouver
- Christine Zarowski - Vancouver
- Edward Sandberg - Vancouver
- Jenny Rand - Victoria
- Hailey Hough - Edmonton
- Karen Saganiuk - Edmonton
- Melanie Anderson - Calgary
We would also like to acknowledge and extend special thanks to Lance Hansen and Don McFarlane from Options Sexual Health, Edmonton, who very competently and efficiently took command of all conference registrations and payments.
Feedback from participants indicate the conference was a great success and they particularly appreciated the wide range of diverse topics and presenters. We would like to express our profound thank-you's to Corey Silverberg and Meg Hickling, our keynote speakers for their very thought provoking presentations, and to all of the amazing presenters who so generously shared their expertise and information with the conference participants.
Finally we would like to thank the conference day volunteers who so willingly came forward to offer their services to ensure the conference ran smoothly.
All of you had a direct impact on the success of the conference and we sincerely appreciate you all.
During every conference ASPSH awards a deserving 'Sexual Health Pioneer' with our Pioneer Award to recognize their lifetime accomplishments in the area of sexual and reproductive health. This year we are very pleased to announce that our 2012 winner of the Pioneer Award is Meg Hickling. Please click here to view Saleema Noon's nomination letter to recognize Meg for the Pioneer Award.
Our thanks to the conference presenters who shared their power point presentations with us to share with you on our website. Please go to Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference to find these presentations.
What is a SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) and why should you arrange a SAR for your community sexual health professionals or others interested in sexual health?
SAR provides an opportunity to explore and understand your own beliefs, attitudes, values and biases within the realm of sex and sexuality. This self-exploration and self-understanding facilitates comfort that ultimately fosters improved communication skills, both on a professional and a personal level.
By becoming increasingly aware of your perceptions, beliefs, and feelings, you will become increasingly comfortable with the wide variation of existing sexual attitudes, behaviours, practices, and even sub-cultures. This comfort is necessary for any sexual health professional, and is also beneficial for individuals striving for personal growth and the development of healthy personal relationships.
During the SAR, you will examine sexuality and sexual attitudes from numerous perspectives using a variety of images. The nature of SAR requires that some of the media be explicit. The use of explicit media is necessary for increasing self-awareness and personal comfort with the many areas of sex and sexuality. In addition to the personal growth, the event involves small group discussions during which you will be challenged with the opportunity to practice your professional or interpersonal skills.
If you are interested in having a SAR training workshop come to your community please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.