Jennifer Gibson MA, the Coordinator of Community Education Services with ISHS, 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 workshops.
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 the great privilege of facilitating sexual health education workshops for more than 11,000 community members yearly including 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.”
Jennifer’s ongoing sexual health training includes facilitation and studies through Canadian Association for School Health, University of Guelph Human Sexuality Studies, Sexpressions, Options for Sexual Health, the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, and Alberta Society for Promotion of Sexual Health. 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.