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 safe and supportive.

Education logo: Education at Island Sexual Health, community health centre.

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

Jennifer Gibson, MA (aka “The Sex Lady”) is the lead of our community education. program. Since 2004, Jennifer has been facilitating sexual health education workshops for participants ages 5-Adult.

Jennifer Gibson (she/her) MA is a 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, accessible, 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.

Jennifer is fortunate enough to work with a team of sexual health experts at Island Sexual Health and recognizes the value that a strong, local clinical connection makes in education sessions. Since joining ISHS in 2004, 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 internet 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.

Ned Gallagher

Ned (they/them) is a genderfluid, able-bodied, uninvited guest on Lkwungen territories. For the past 10 years they have been working in the non-profit sector as a mental health coach and as a support for youth struggling with substance use. This experience has solidified their understanding of the deep need for conversations exploring masculinity to be held so that we can collectively exist in greater harmony and understanding. Ned also brings with them years of teaching experience from a variety of other positions and is passionate about participating in community and living values of compassion, integrity, and authenticity. Ned is a poet, artist, musician, and cyclist and strives to whole-heartedly meet people where they are to continue growing and learning together. We welcome you to connect with Ned for more information about the programming and working together..

Sam Peters

Sam Peters (they/them) is a nonbinary settler living on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. They joined the Island Sexual Health team as a Maturation Educator in February 2021. Sam graduated from SFU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts. They previously facilitated workshops for Qmunity, spent a year and a half as the Slam Coordinator of the Vancouver Poetry Slam, and have staffed summer camp. Sam is most passionate about bike riding, meaningful connection, and equity in education.