Self-esteem, body image, how we relate to others and our overall identity are all intertwined with our sexuality. We are all sexual beings. Despite the importance of sexuality in our lives, we are often uncomfortable talking about these issues.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
POWER UP offers a variety of customized sexual health workshops to draw together the school community network across Vancouver Island and beyond, including students, parents, teachers and concerned community members.
Workshops will provide a FUN and RELAXED atmosphere where individuals can increase their knowledge, motivation and skills to achieve optimal sexual health.
Kerri Isham is a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate educator, coach and facilitator dedicated to excellence and committed to the sexual empowerment of people of all ages. She is a skilled presenter and excellent communicator. Her primary goal is to make exploring sexual health fun and meaningful, and to alleviate the shame and embarrassment sometimes associated with this extremely important topic.
Kerri completed the Sexual Health Educator Certification program through Options for Sexual Health in Vancouver. Kerri graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor of Physical Educa-tion and Bachelor of Education. She taught in School District 69 for 14 years, including 10 years as a Sexual Health Educator at the Middle school level. She expanded her role for two years by becoming the District Health and Fitness Resource Teacher, which created the opportunity for her to teach Sexual Health to grades four and five.
In addition to her teaching, she is an outstanding coach, girl’s group leader and workshop facilitator. She consulted for the Sip Smart Program (Vancouver Children’s Hospital) as well as a program called Reduced Screen Time (Trade 30). She has presented at the New Teachers workshop for the BCTF for the past three years (British Columbia Teacher’s Federation) and, in 2008, presented at a national conference in Florida on bullying prevention for girls.
Kerri lives in the tight-knit community of Nanaimo, B.C. with her daughter.
Tegan Ringham graduated from Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Education Program in May 2015. After graduating her, and her husband, moved to Victoria, B.C., where they have found a great community of friends and colleagues. Currently Tegan is working as a Teacher on Call in the Greater Victoria School District which serves downtown Victoria, Esquimalt, and surrounding areas. She begins her Sexual Health Educator Certificate in April 2016 and will complete the coursework in August of the same year. Tegan is looking forward to working with Kerri and her team later this year!
When Tegan teaches she is constantly learning from her students. She loves books and reading to her students, as well as incorporating technology into lessons when there is a chance. It is with great intention that Tegan strives to be inclusive to all her students, whatever grade she is teaching.
Tegan holds a deep-set belief that all people should have access to education, and that Sexual Health Education is a huge part of that. She sees the potential for young people to make smart, powerful choices that are healthy for themselves and their body. She is passionate about combating body shame in all age groups, young and old alike. It is a great honour to work alongside the Power Up team!
Lee Kneisz is a K-12 educator with 24 years experience in BC schools. He is currently completing a Masters of Education in Technology and Design, and brings an interest and aptitude in social media and technology. He will be Ms. Isham’s Executive Assistant and all-round “Boy Friday”.
Chelsea Oaten graduated from the Social Services program at Vancouver Island University in May 2016. After graduation, she continued her work with Kerri as her personal assistant and also began working with an adult who had sustained traumatic brain injuries. In the spring of 2017 she began her Sexual Health Educator Certificate with Options for Sexual Health in Vancouver.
Chelsea has always loved children and is passionate about individuals empowering themselves through ongoing education and advocacy. As a sexual health educator, Chelsea will promote and support the right for people to access comprehensive sexual health education with the hope that this will help people to engage in healthy relationships with others and, most importantly, themselves.
Chelsea can’t wait to start working with Kerri and the Power Up team!
Educating ourselves … Educating kids.
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the session that you put on for my Guide Group. I know that it was very beneficial to them. There was lots of talk at the next Guide meeting about being a wise woman. It sounded like many of the girls took what you said to heart and had been practicing your tips at school. As a parent, I really found your session great. I sat down and really contemplated those things that I do that I am passing on to my girls. Although my habits have been there longer and may take some work to change, I have been working on watching what I do and say. I have actively been promoting this session to other Guiders and hope to do another similar session with you next year. Thanks for all your hard work and your commitment to making girls more aware of these issues”.
Janelle Myers, Girl Guides of Canada, Parksville
“What you are doing will change lives and break the generational cycle”.
Catrina Persoon, Retired teacher/principal, Parksville