Let's Save Ontario Sex Ed!
WHO I AM
Hi! I’m Nadine Thornhill, a sexuality educator and parent living in Toronto, Ontario.
WHAT I'M DOING
Recently the people of Ontario elected Doug Ford as premier. In 2015, The Ministry of Education revised their Health and Physical Education curriculum. The updates included a comprehensive, inclusive, fact-based, age-appropriate sex education program. Mr. Ford has been adamant about his plans to repeal this curriculum and replace it with the previous version which is now 20 years out-of-date.
I’ve been educating kids, teens, parents and teachers for more than twelve years. I’m also a parent. I know first hand how important public sex education is for youth and their families.
I’m producing a series of short, educational videos for release on my YouTube channel this fall. They will cover every sexual development module from 2015 Health and Phys Ed curricula for Grades 1-8, and Grade 9-12. They will include activities, resources and conversation prompts, so no matter what the Ontario government does, people can still access the sex ed content from the current curriculum.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I need to raise $3000 to cover my production costs. This includes paying the other educators who’ve agreed to collaborate on this project; purchasing teaching materials and some a/v equipment; and hiring a caption service so we can make these videos accessible to more folks. Here are ways you can help:
Donate - If you support comprehensive sex education please donate if you can! Big donations are wonderful, but anything, even five bucks is great!
Subscribe - You can also help by subscribing to my YouTube channel. The link is here. When you get to my YouTube page just hit the “Subscribe" button and you're all set!
Share - Finally, please share this campaign! Tweet it, share it on Facebook, tell friends, family, and anyone else, so we can spread the word!
Sex ed gives youth information they need to live safer, healthier, happier lives. Let’s make sure that everyone who needs it, can have it!
Thank you for your support!
Thanks to each and every one of you for helping to make this initiative possible. I wish I could hug each and every one of you, but that would take a lot of time - and I've got a ton of videos to make. :-)
I'll see you in September!
The campaign has come to an end. I cannot thank all of you enough for your support generosity - but I'm going to try!
I've started sending personal thank you notes - it will probably take me a couple of weeks to get to everyone (there are a LOT of you), but keep an eye on your inbox.
This fundraising campaign has succeeded beyond my wildest hopes and the extra money means that I'll be able to expand the scope of the project! I still have some meeting, budgeting and organizing to do, but I'm looking at providing free worksheets and other print resources, creating some French-language content, and a few other ideas!
Finally, because some of you have asked - the series will debut Monday, September 10th and I'll be releasing three videos each week through the fall. It's going to be very busy but I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing with my summer "vacation"!
Watch this space for more updates about the project as they develop. Thank you all again and I'll be in touch soon!