Workshop Evaluations: The Good, the Bad and the Learning

Let's face it...filling out evaluations are a pain. Especially after a long conference or drawn out conversation with a customer service representative on the phone, it's the last thing I feel like doing. And when I buy something at the Gap and they tell me I have a chance to win $1000 if I "just call the number on my receipt and tell us how we did", fuggettaboutit! But I know first hand as a workshop facilitator and business owner how important evaluations are. That is, I rely on the feedback of our participants to make our workshops as awesome as they can be! read more

Celebrating the “Super Unique” on Pink Shirt Day

I remember when I first started teaching 18 years ago, just mentioning the word “gay” in a grade 6 or 7 class would bring on swarms of laughter, snickering and barfing noises from students. But thanks in part to national awareness campaigns like Pink Shirt Day we’ve come a long way in the past decade when it comes to people understanding that homophobia isn’t OK. read more

TEENAGE GIRLS FIGHTING ON YOUTUBE: Reflections of a Discouraged Parent and Educator

On February 2, 2016 I was asked to be a guest on CTV Morning Live to discuss some videos that had just been uploaded to YouTube. The videos featured girls engaging in physical fighting on high school grounds during lunch. Their male peers filmed the fighting and egged them on as they did. The videos were quickly removed, but the damage had already been done. Thousands of people watched them and many, like me, were left feeling sad, angry and discouraged. read more

Sex Talk? No Sweat.

Ok parents, school’s back in session which means our kids’ inquiring minds are back in action. Awesome. Before you worry about exactly what to say, here are some tips to help you normalize the topic of sexual health in your home and establish yourself as your kids’ number one source of information for years to come. read more