How much more do any of us have left to give in 2020? This Giving Tuesday, we only ask that you give *yourself* a little extra self-care, self-acceptance, and self-love.
We want to honour the sacrifices you have made and the strength you have shown for your community, your loved ones, and yourself throughout this year by encouraging you to prioritize yourself today, because we cannot pour from an empty cup.
Need some self-care inspiration? Below we have created a list of things you can do for yourself to help keep your cup full.
Light some candles, put on a Sade playlist, and take a long, sudsy bath
Visit the Beaver Creek Conservation Area to take a socially distanced hike and hand feed chickadees
Buy yourself a new toy, whether it’s for pleasure or otherwise
Bring home or order a plant or some flowers the next time you buy groceries to remind yourself that spring will always come
*M*a*s*t*u*r*b*a*t*e* (so you can come, too!)
Organize a Secret Santa gift exchange with friends on Animal Crossing
Watch a favourite film from childhood by yourself or with a young person in your life
Find a free yoga video on YouTube for any mood or ability
Play a game of Among Us with your family or friend group
Dress in your best, make yourself a charcuterie board, and treat yourself to a bottle of wine that would normally make you say, “that’s too much for a bottle of wine!”
Marie Kondo your social media feed: if a person you follow does not spark joy, mute or unfollow them
Say “no” to someone
Waste some time and embrace un-productivity
Of course, if you do find that you have more to give after giving back to yourself, you can always help support the services and education we at Saskatoon Sexual Health provide by donating through Canada Helps via the button below.
Saskatoon Sexual Health’s vision is a society where sexual and reproductive health and rights are celebrated and accessible to all. We provide sexual and reproductive health services in Saskatoon and area with an emphasis on safe, inclusive, empowering clinical care and education. We work with diverse communities to promote healthy and informed sexualities.
Our office environment is cooperative, friendly, and respectful. We value collaboration and equality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Greeting patients visiting the facility, answering any questions they may have and helping them fill out the required forms
Answering phone calls, creating appointments, directing the calls as required and handling all queries
Answering emails and other electronic messages as required
Informing the Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse or other healthcare providers about impending appointments
Maintaining a filing system for all patient documents and reports submitted
Managing inventory and placing orders as required
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills
This position requires Medical Administrative Assistant diploma or equivalent
1-2 years of experience working in a clinical or community setting
Experience in the field of sexual/reproductive health and community health is an asset
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work with diverse communities (i.e. LGBTQ, ethnocultural minorities, newcomers, people with disabilities, and Indigenous communities)
Exceptional organizational, communication and time management skills
Experience with intermediate computer skills and programs (i.e. EMR system, Microsoft Office and Google)
Work in a busy office environment
Must able to handle disruptions, time constraints, and multi-tasking
Light physical duties may be required dependent upon ability of Office Manager
This position is 35 hours/week, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with the possibility of additional hours. Salary $17-22/hour.
We value the contributions of people from equity-seeking groups bring to our organization. We encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous people, people of colour, newcomers, the LGBTQ2S community or another equity-seeking group with which you identify. If you wish to identify as belonging to an equity-seeking group(s), please feel free to indicate so in your cover letter.
Please combine your resume, cover letter stating how you meet the required qualifications, and three references into one pdf document with the file name: firstname_lastname_MOA.pdf and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use this subject line for your email to us MOR Application. Applications close at 4 pm on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020.
It’s that time of year again! SSH’s AGM will be held virually on September 24th at 7PM on Zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can sign up to receive the Zoom link on the day of the AGM by emailing email@example.com. If you are interested in voting during this meeting, you will need to purchase a membership for $10 either over the phone by calling us at 306-244-7989 or you can purchase the membership online through Eventbrite through the following link: https://sshmembership.eventbrite.ca.
Please also see the bottom of this post to download the 2020 AGM Agenda, the 2019 AGM Minutes, and the 2019 Audited Financial Statements.
SSH is also recruiting for our Board of Directors! If you’ve been looking for the opportunity to work for your community by promoting sex-positive values and services, please review the following document for information on how to apply to become a board member for SSH:
May is Masturbation Month, and a great time to do some exploration, especially with all this extra time at home. Working for a sexual health organization that sells toys means that I have tons of access to a wide range of toys, and I know what I’m looking for in a high quality toy. I want it to be easy to clean, easy to use, and I prefer them to be rechargeable. Batteries? In this economy?! (I’m mostly kidding, battery operated toys have their advantages too).
We were recently offered the opportunity to test out the Minna Limon, and who are we to turn down an opportunity to get off? The Limon’s packaging is beautiful, it comes neatly arranged with an instruction manual, charging cord, and dust bag for safe keeping. The Limon is shaped like a lemon, with two air pockets on either side that you squeeze to increase the vibrations. If you prefer more gentle stimulation you can easily start low and work your way up. On the more intense end you get some pretty solid vibes, but definitely not as strong as a hard plastic toy. The harder you squeeze the Limon, the stronger the vibration. This is a unique feature, but one that takes time to adjust to, requiring a fair amount of dexterity. The vibrator can also be programmed to recall a prior series of vibrations. Or you can just set it to vibrate continuously. The world is your oyster! Explore! The Limon has a bit of a learning curve, so I’d recommend testing it out solo first. Once you get the hang of it, it can also be great for partner play. Using the pressure from two people’s bodies can create some fantastic hands-free sensations. The Limon works best for clitoral stimulation; because of its shape, it isn’t the ideal penetrative toy. It’s made from high grade silicone, which is also waterproof, making it really easy to clean. It’s also very approachable, making it a good fit for someone who is new to sex toys.
The Minna Limon is a great choice if you’re looking to expand your toy collection, and has quickly become one of my most reached for vibrators.
Are you passionate about sexual health? Are you sex-positive, pro-choice, and interested in working with diverse communities to improve sexual health outcomes in the Saskatoon area? Saskatoon Sexual Health and OUT Saskatoon are looking for a full-time Sexual Health Coordinator to join our team!
The Sexual Health Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating multiple sexual health projects for both Saskatoon Sexual Health and OUTSaskatoon. This includes supporting sexual health clinics, including PrEP clinics, organizing sexual health forums, coordinating condom distribution in Saskatoon, coordinating and supporting youth-led sexual health learning projects, and facilitating sexual health education presentations in schools and community settings. Note that this is a shared position between Saskatoon Sexual Health and OUTSaskatoon that will be supervised and managed by the Executive Director of Saskatoon Sexual Health.
This position is full-time from June 15th, 2020 until March 31 , 2021 with the possibility of extension.
Applications close at 4 P.M. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Check out the following job posting for more information:
On July 9th, 2019, Action Canada partnered with Saskatoon Sexual Health and Planned Parenthood Regina to stage an action asking the premiers of Canada’s provinces to take this issue of sexuality education seriously.
Saskatchewan leads the country in teen pregnancy rates. We have staggeringly high rates of domestic and partner violence. Our chlamydia rates for young women between 20-24 are 10x higher than the national average–for male youth in this age group, the rates are 6x higher. Saskatchewan also has provincial rates of HIV that are 2.5x higher than the national average, and transphobia and homophobia are alive and well.
Comprehensive sexual education is a preventative measure that can provide the people of our communities with invaluable information that helps prevent negative outcomes for sexual health while breaking patterns of abuse in unhealthy relationships. Creating inclusive curriculum that is representative of the challenges and experiences of multiple demographics is important if the groups not usually centred in conversations of sexuality and health are to be empowered, and an introduction of diversity in content can provide youth with the representation they need to confidently be themselves and explore their sexuality in safe and healthy ways.
Studies have shown that comprehensive sexuality education reduces the rates of teen pregnancy, delays the onset of sexual initiation, reduces the likelihood of sexual risk-taking behaviours, and reduces the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (UNESCO, 2018).
The evidence is clear: sex-ed saves lives, and the UN has declared the information a human right. Every person, no matter their orientation or background, has the right to receive this life saving information, to make healthier choices for themselves and their families, and to feel comfortable and celebrated in their sexuality and identity.
Are you a full-time post-secondary student returning to school full time in the fall? If so, maybe you are also looking for a cool summer job? SSH is currently looking for two people to join our team. Check out the job descriptions below.
If you are a nurse practitioner who is passionate about equity and access to care we want to hear from you! Check out the full job description below and if you have any additional questions feel free to contact the office. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 5, 2019!!
Body of Art brings together Saskatchewan-based artists with local musicians and artisans to awaken and titillate your senses.
Body of Art is a transformation of Saskatoon Sexual Health’s (SSH) biennial art auction, which has supported the work of SSH (formerly Planned Parenthood) for over 20 years. This artist-friendly fundraiser helps SSH to provide sexual and reproductive health and education services like low-cost contraceptives, pregnancy options counselling, HIV and STI testing, pap tests, and preventative services that connect people in our community to information and resources.
Join us for an afternoon of art, a warming custom cocktail and sumptuous food from Fresh Dish that will illuminate your senses and inspire you to give back to your community.
Artwork available for auction has been masterfully curated and features a mix of regularly contributing and emerging artists in Saskatchewan. Art viewing will begin at 2:00 pm with the auction beginning promptly at 3:00 pm. Food and refreshments included in ticket price.
Featured artists include:
Mindy Yan Miller
Alicia Dawn Popoff
Joi T. Arcand
We look forward to your support and sharing an afternoon with our vibrant arts community. Tickets are available through the following Eventbrite link: http://bit.ly/BodyofArt2019