ISH Education team
The ISH Education Team knows that quality sexuality education is only effective when the sessions are relevant, engaging, and inclusive. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to better understand their bodies, their identities, and their feelings in spaces that are affirming, safe and supportive.
Meet our team members
Island Sexual Health’s education program works with 20,000+ participants a year in the Greater Victoria Area. We believe that professional sexual health educators combine the most current knowledge of sexuality and facilitate conversations which are engaging, respectful, fun, and fresh. Our team regularly engages in professional development through facilitation and studies through Canadian Association for School Health, University of Guelph Human Sexuality Studies, Options for Sexual Health, and Alberta Society for Promotion of Sexual Health.
Jennifer Gibson (she/her) MA is a cisgender settler living on unceded Lewungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. She is the education team lead and professional sexual health educator whose knowledge, sense of humour, enthusiasm, and comfort level give her the unique ability to make sexual health education accessible and easy to relate to. Most often referred to as “The Sex Lady” by youth participants, Jennifer believes in making sexual health education relevant, safer, and fun for all participants. She also believes that effective sexual health education combines factual information with humour and pop culture. Jennifer is passionate about creating space for every person to become comfortable with and knowledgeable about sexual health. These principles form the foundation for all of her work. Since joining ISHS in 2003, Jennifer has had the great privilege of facilitating sexual health education workshops for students and educators (Pre K-University) in public, independent, and alternative classrooms; community based organizations; parent groups; seniors; health professionals; conferences; and regularly contributes to local, provincial, and national television, print, radio, and web based media.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria, her counselling support certificate from Camosun College, and her Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. During her MA work, Jennifer conducted research on the relevancy of sexual health education and published a thesis entitled, “Making Sexual Health Education ‘Sexy’ for Youth.”
Previous to her work with Island Sexual Health, Jennifer worked in the field of disordered eating prevention, media literacy, and positive body image promotion with youth and adults in communities throughout Vancouver Island.
Sophie Bourne- Lewis (She/her) has just moved from the U.K and is currently living on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. Sophie worked for Sexual Health for the NHS in England for over 5 years and is passionate about communication, education and sexual health. In her previous role Sophie built partnerships across the county and implemented free STI testing services available in new locations such as pharmacies, doctors surgeries and midwifery. She also supported youth at various locations but Sophie’s true passion is teaching sexual health, so she is beyond grateful to have this experience in Canada. Outside of work Sophie loves the beach and Disney Imagineering, she has been to all 6 Disney parks across the world and is always thinking about her next trip!