SSH AGM and Board of Director Recruitment

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 hello@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 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: Minna Limon Review

The Minna Limon

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.

SSH and OUT are Hiring a Sexual Health Coordinator!

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:

SSH is Recruiting Board Members

Are you concerned about sexual health issues?

Are you pro-choice?

Do you have 6-10 hours to volunteer each month?

Perhaps you would like to join the board of Saskatoon Sexual Health? Check out the attached ad for all the details.

Deadline for applications in August 16th.

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.

Adequate, accessible, inclusive, and comprehensive sexuality education SAVES LIVES. We are not exaggerating. Our…

Posted by Saskatoon Sexual Health on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thank you to all of the folks who showed up, the fantastic speakers and the support of our partners Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and Planned Parenthood Regina.

Posted by Saskatoon Sexual Health on Thursday, July 11, 2019

It's never too late to speak up about what you wish you would have learned in Sex Ed. Let us know what would have made your life a lot easier in the comments!

Posted by Saskatoon Sexual Health on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Body of Art

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

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: http://bit.ly/BodyofArt2019

Tell It Like It Is! Registration

Exciting news! In partnership with Creative Options Regina and Saskatoon Sexual Health, Inclusion Saskatchewan is offering another opportunity to participate in the next session of Tell It Like It Is: Sexual Health and Wellness Education. The main goals of Tell It Like It Is are to ensure learners are receiving accurate sexuality education and the information required to support them in making informed decisions and to create an open and safe platform for participants to share stories, ask questions, explore curiosities, express fears and gain knowledge.

This will occur during nine sessions and a combination of conversations and hands-on activities with two educators that explore topics such as consent, relationships, sexuality, social media safety, personal care and many more. The number of participants within the group is limited to ten people to best create an environment of open, honest and empowering dialogue for each topic.

The next groups of sessions for Tell It Like It Is will be for women who are 18 years old or older. All sessions will be in the Inclusion Saskatchewan boardroom at 3031 Louise Street and start during February. Please complete the registration link below. As there is a limit on spots available for the sessions, only people who are selected will be contacted by one of the facilitators to share all the scheduling details. For everyone else who is not selected, you will be placed on a waiting list for the next session of Tell It Like It Is.

Tell It Like It Is Women’s Session Registration Form

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!