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Human Development & Sexual Health Situations & Scenarios supporting Ophea’s H&PE Curriculum Resource: Grades 1-8

Throughout this webinar educators will explore:

  • Strategies for creating an emotionally safe learning environment from the 2015 Ontario H&PE curriculum
  • How Ophea’s H&PE Curriculum Resources: Grades 1-8 support inclusive education
  • Scenarios and strategies developed by community partners to create an inclusive and emotionally safe learning environment


Heather Gardner is an elementary health and physical educator with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and curriculum consultant with Ophea. Heather has developed over 40 resources for H&PE, and was involved in the development of Ophea’s Human Development and Sexual Health lesson plans, which were developed in consultation with H&PE curriculum consultants, educators representing public and Catholic schools from urban and rural regions of Ontario and through the engagement of subject matter experts and community partners representing public health and community health organizations.  In addition, Heather has provided hundreds of professional learning opportunities for educators across Canada.

Eric Paquette (RN, BScN) has been a registered nurse for over 11 years now. Eric is currently working on the School Health Team in the Health Promotion Division at the Sudbury & District Health Unit. His experience working in the sexual health clinic in the past has provided him with the background and experience necessary to assist him in leading  sexual health and puberty chats in a class setting.

Tracey Oderkirk (RN, BScN) has worked at the Sudbury & District Health Unit for over 15 years as a Public Health Nurse and has worked on the school health promotion team for 13 years. Tracey has expertise in the area of sexual health and puberty and was instrumental in developing the agency`s sexual health and puberty programming in schools.

Ty Smith is the Director of Programs & Services at Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement. Ty Smith has worked with not-for-profit organizations and groups to develop and implement forums, trainings, partnerships, strategic plans, programs, resources, polices and community-based research focused on youth, women, newcomer and LGBTTQQ2S communities for over fifteen years. He is currently Co-Chair of Community One Foundation and Co-Chairs the Rainbow Grants Committee that provides seed funding to LGBTQ2S projects within the Greater Toronto Area. 

Note: The original webinar date was February 24, 2016.

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Category: Children & Youth (6-14 years)
Audience: Elementary EducatorPublic Health