Executive Director Position Available

We are hiring!! Saskatoon Sexual Health is looking for an Executive Director to join our team and lead the organization.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization including financial oversight, fundraising, grant writing, administration, human resources, program management, and ensuring clinical services meet provincial guidelines. The Executive Director works with stakeholders in the community, including the regional, provincial, or other relevant health authorities, provincial government, First Nations and Inuit Health and Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, community-based organizations, and other representatives for health and social services as needed to address sexual and reproductive health issues in Saskatoon and surrounding area.

In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the long-term vision of the organization. This includes financial management, human resources, and the development and implementation of strategic plans. The Board of Directors supports the Executive Director with governance tasks including finances, fundraising, policy development, and strategic planning. This support is ongoing in the form of committee work alongside the Executive Director and as needed through support in training activities or other necessary performance improvements. The salary for this position is $70,000 – 90,000.

The applications close on May 1st at 4:00 pm. To apply, 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_ED.pdf and send it by email to careers@saskatoonsh.ca. Please use this subject line for your email to us: Executive Director Application.

Medical Office Receptionist Position

We are hiring!! SSH is looking for a Medical Office Receptionist. We are a sex-positive and queer-affirming workplace that values creating a space and staff that honours our values, mission and vision. Please read the application guidelines thoroughly and apply by April 3, 2024, at 4:00 pm (SK time).

The MOR is an essential part of SSH. They handle the front-of-house responsibilities and make sure the clinics run smoothly. This position is 35 hours/week, including Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and one Saturday a month. It requires a Medical Administrative Assistant certificate, diploma or equivalent experience/education. Experience with intermediate computer skills and programs such as EMR systems, Microsoft Office and Google are essential, and experience with Juno EMR would be an asset.

To apply 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_MOR.pdf and send it by email to director@saskatoonsh.ca. Please use this subject line for your email to us, MOR Application. The applications close on April 3rd at 4:00 pm. If you have questions please get in touch with us at director@saskatoonsh.ca. You can find all the additional details in the document linked to this post.

SSH Roe v Wade Statement

Access to abortion and reproductive health services is a fundamental human right that cannot be taken for granted. This fact is made especially clear following the leak of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision to overturn the constitutional protection for abortion afforded by the Roe v Wade decision of 1973, along with the Planned Parenthood v Casey decision of 1992. There is no law criminalizing abortion in Canada; however, anti-abortion activism continues to pursue limitations on access to safe abortion services, including in our province.

We, as the Saskatoon Sexual Health Board of Directors, feel the collective rage and grief at the devastating, widespread consequences that this SCOTUS decision will have for those seeking abortions across the United States. Texas and at least 25 other states are already working toward limiting access to reproductive health services. There is strength in solidarity and as a Board, we recognize and support the work of organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and state-specific groups such as Lilith Fund in the ongoing fight for safe and equitable access to abortions.

Saskatoon Sexual Health is working to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to abortions. This work is guided by a reproductive justice framework as developed by racialized women in the United States, like those of SisterSong. We recognize that reproductive justice goes beyond abortion rights to include the right to choose to parent and the right to healthy and informed sexualities, contraception, STBBI testing, and treatment. Saskatoon Sexual Health relies heavily on funding from our community to provide these essential health care services.

Here in Saskatchewan, access is not equitable for all people. Abortions are only available in Saskatoon and Regina, and only up to 12 weeks and 18 weeks of pregnancy, respectively. While in Regina, people who are seeking abortions may self-refer, those in Saskatoon require a referral from a physician or from Saskatoon Sexual Health. Transportation from outside or between these cities is a barrier to abortion access in itself, which is not covered by insurance. This barrier is particularly felt by people in Northern Saskatchewan.

SSH endeavours to reduce barriers and provide support for all pregnancy options. With a nod to the powerful work of organizers across the US, we recognize our own sphere of influence is right here in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. We have the power to support abortion access and reproductive choice in our community, and we would love for you to join us. One-time donations and monthly supporters make a huge difference in our ability to provide these essential health care services.

If you feel, as we do, that these services and this work is essential, make a donation here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/sexual-health-centre-saskatoon/

SSH AGM

It’s that time of year again! SSH’s AGM will be held virtually on July 19th 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 director@saskatoonsh.ca. 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 Canada Helps through the following link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/sexual-health-centre-saskatoon/events/ssh-membership-renewal/

Please also see the bottom of this post to download the 2021 AGM Agenda and the 2020 AGM Minutes.

Give Back to Yourself This Giving Tuesday

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.

Self-Care Inspiration

  • 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
  • Shut your phone off and read a book for an hour (our staff recommends Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman and Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Love Life by Emily Nagoski)
  • 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.

From all of us at Saskatoon Sexual Health, we wish you a self-care and self-love filled Giving Tuesday.

Sex Ed Saves Lives

The above statement is not an exaggeration.

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.

CBC: Advocates call on premiers for better sex ed across Canada

Star Phoenix: Advocates call on premiers for improved sexual health education

CTV: Protesters want changes to sex ed.

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 .

Featured artists include:

Mindy Yan Miller

Kevin Wesaquate

Marvin Swartz

Dave Stonhouse

Jordan Schwab

Tamara Rusnak

Ian Rawlinson

Alicia Dawn Popoff

Laura Payne

Tim Nowlin

Alison Norlen

Cam McKay

Anne McElroy

Grant McConnell

Steph Krawchuk

Miranda Jones

Clint Hunker

Jane Harington

Gale Hagblom

Karla Griffin

Kim Ennis

Lorenzo Dupuis

Jan Corcoran

Patrick Bulas

Kathy Bradshaw

Bevin Bradley

Catherine Blackburn

Darrell Bell

Joi T. Arcand

Nicki Ault

Bridget Aitken

We look forward to your support and sharing an afternoon with our vibrant arts community. Tickets are available through the following Eventbrite link: 

Saskatoon Sexual Health’s 2018 Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the reproductive rights and sexual health enthusiast in your life? We got you, fam. No matter your budget, we’ll help you find the perfect gifts. And if you opt to keep some for yourself, we promise not to add you to the naughty list–we are all about the right to choose.

Safety is so hot right now.

Barrier enthusiasts, rejoice! Moschino’s new collaboration with H&M is hitting all the right spots. If this ready-to-wear condom tribute is your thing, you can find them here.

[Naughty] bits and bobs. 

There is no end to the amount of fun, sex-positive flair out there! No matter your orientation, your identity, or your kink–there’s a pin for that. Our staff are particularly fond of local artist Blu Hummingbird’s beaded vulva! 

Good vibes and self-love. 

Clockwise: Magic Wand Original & Rechargeable – $65/$125, Iroha – $20,
Pocket Toyfriend – $15, Tenga Flex – $35

Not enough can be said in appreciation of a good toy. Self-love and pleasure do wonders for your health! The Magic Wand is a classic for a reason, and the Pocket Toyfriends are great for anybody new to toys. The Iroha is a small and mighty, waterproof gem, while the Tenga Flex is great for those in your life with a penis. The creme-de-la-creme toys listed above (and more) are all available in our clinic. Don’t forget to pick up some lube and cleaner for these high-quality toys! 

No budget or anti-capitalist? 

wrapitupsk.ca

We’ve got you covered. Pun intended. Our Wrap It Up! SK condoms make the perfect stocking stuffers–and better yet, they’re free and widely available around Saskatoon. Stop by our clinic, or send us a line to find out what the nearest access point is for you! Take enough for the whole fam, and show them how much you care, because nobody is asking for an STI this holiday season.

Frisky and festive?

Boob Ornament, Cookies Ornament, Merry Dickmas

Dick–um, no–DECK* the halls, with one of these fun and spicy Christmas ornaments! 

The gift that keeps giving. 

Canada Cares – Saskatoon Sexual Health

Is there somebody on your list who *h a t e s* receiving gifts? (they do exist). Consider sponsoring an IUD or making a donation in their name through Canada Cares! Link to donate is below the above photo. 

For art lovers. 

Do you or your honey get down with art? Assembled above are some staff picks for tasteful and thought provoking wall adornments to spice up your home. Suggestive oyster watercolours, perhaps? Maybe something more on the bespoke side, like a commissioned @project_wallflower (IG) casting of your yoni or a partners? Better yet, why not plan an art filled date night? Tickets for the SSH Art Auction in March are available here.

Is your bed made of money? 

“Touch of Fur” Shawl, $1290

Last but not least: Luxury labia label Fendi released this shawl recently, and folks think it looks like a vagina. For $1290 CAN, your sweetheart will look like a vulva, too! 

Happy holidays from everyone here at Saskatoon Sexual Health! 

Saskatoon Sexual Health’s AGM

Saskatoon Sexual Health’s Annual General Meeting will be held on September 26th, 2018 at Amigo’s Cantina at 7 pm.

The meeting is for the following purposes:

1.  To receive the financial statements and annual report of the organization for the financial year that ended March 31, 2018

2. To elect directors of the organization

3. To appoint auditors of the organization for the ensuring year

4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting

All members, partners, and friends of SSH are invited. To vote you must be an SSH member. You can get your membership at the SSH office or the AGM for $10.

For more information please contact Amanda at hello@saskatoonsh.ca.