Public Presentations

Our Goal and Mission

The aim of public education at SAVIS is to use education and awareness to end all forms of violence. SAVIS offers public education workshops and presentations to schools, community members, and service providers  in Halton. All workshops and presentations are inclusive, interactive, and modifiable in order to suit your needs and reach a broad audience  as we are committed to proactive, preventative education for all.

As part of our commitment to preventive education, there is no cost associated with any presentation or workshop for schools and other not-for-profit community members.

Our presentations and workshops are divided into two main categories: 1) sexual health, violence prevention, and mental health, and 2) anti-human trafficking. Below you will find a list of presentations within these topics,as well as a brief summary.

Main Topics: Sexual Health, Violence Prevention, & Mental Health

Each presentation uses a variety of learning methods including discussion, video clips, and interactive activities. In our commitment to education, SAVIS continually works with community members and researchers in developing new presentations and workshop content  that meet the needs of our community. Each presentation is approximately an hour in length, though can be extended to meet your needs. Condensing presentations is difficult and therefore not recommended, but we are happy to discuss modifications as needed.

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Volunteer – Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is looking for candidates who demonstrate an interest in ending gender-based violence and human trafficking or have lived experiences surviving gender-based violence.  Previous experience serving on a non-profit, community-based board and/or committee would be an asset. SAVIS of Halton’s Board of Directors works in partnership with its Executive Director to ensure…

Introduction to SAVIS

This presentation provides overview of the services SAVIS offers, including a break-down of the processes of accessing services, and the modes of services delivery. The who, what, when, where why and how of SAVIS.

Consent and Bodily Integrity

Introductions to the concepts of consent and bodily integrity, including age appropriate definitions and case studies are the main focuses of this presentation. Topics covered include consent FRIES(freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic specific), and what is not consent.

Bystander Intervention

The focus of theses presentations are why bystander intervention is necessary, tools to intervene safely, and scenarios where these tools will be useful. Real world scenarios are used, and the bystander effect is explained in order to demonstrate why bystander intervention is so important.

Relationships

Healthy relationships are defined and described, with greater discussion about what it means to be in a healthy relationship at the forefront of this presentation. Relationships are discussed in the context of friendship for younger students, and romantic relationships for older students. Older students are also informed about tendencies in relationships(hurting).

Mental Health

These presentations centre on self care, emotional intelligence, and coping with emotions. Terms related to mental health are defined, types of emotions are discussed, and coping strategies are detailed in context.

 

Sexual, Intimate Partner, Gender-Based Violence Supports

The umbrella of sexual violence is outlined, followed by explanations of sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence in particular. For younger students, importance is placed on ownership and boundaries of one’s body. and for older students sexual violence is discussed in relation to the media, the law and intersectionality.

Gender Identities, Gender, and Body Image

Gender identification, sexual orientation, and body image are each defined and explained. particular attention is paid to the ways in which the media informs each of these concepts, and how they interact in relationship and society more generally.

Safe Sex

Safe sex practices are defined and elaborated upon, beginning with discussions about sexuality and sexual orientation. Importance is placed on the understanding that sex is more than an act, but rather as the whole notion being sexually healthy. Topics of discussion include the ways in which values inform views of sex, shame and stigma, and tools for remaining sexually healthy.

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Introducing: Navigating Life Outside of the Abusive and Exploitative Relationship, the new workshop at SAVIS 💜

This workshop supports survivors with re-integrating into community, practicing radical self-care, and so much more. These workshops will be held virtually on zoom on Monday evenings starting on January 24th. Since there are only 8 spots available, please email ola@savisofhalton.org for eligibility and registration!

Interested? Need more information? Tune in at 4pm tomorrow for our Instagram Live!! 

#HumanTraffickingWorkshop #HT #HumanTrafficking #EducationalWorkshop #HaltonOntario #Workshop #WeBelieveSurvivors #VirtualWorkshop #SupportingSurvivors
Introducing: Navigating Life Outside of the Abusive and Exploitative Relationship, the new workshop at SAVIS 💜

This workshop supports survivors with re-integrating into community, practicing radical self-care, and so much more. These workshops will be held virtually on zoom on Monday evenings starting on January 24th. Since there are only 8 spots available, please email ola@savisofhalton.org for eligibility and registration!

Interested? Need more information? Tune in at 4pm tomorrow for our Instagram Live!! 

#HumanTraffickingWorkshop #HT #HumanTrafficking #EducationalWorkshop #HaltonOntario #Workshop #WeBelieveSurvivors #VirtualWorkshop #SupportingSurvivors

Introducing: Navigating Life Outside of the Abusive and Exploitative Relationship, the new workshop at SAVIS 💜

This workshop supports survivors with re-integrating into community, practicing radical self-care, and so much more. These workshops will be held virtually on zoom on Monday evenings starting on January 24th. Since there are only 8 spots available, please email ola@savisofhalton.org for eligibility and registration!

Interested? Need more information? Tune in at 4pm tomorrow for our Instagram Live!!

#HumanTraffickingWorkshop #HT #HumanTrafficking #EducationalWorkshop #HaltonOntario #Workshop #WeBelieveSurvivors #VirtualWorkshop #SupportingSurvivors

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We would like to extend a huge thank you to the many folks who helped make our holiday gift shop a success! 💜 #ThankYou

@UnitedWayHH @ShoeBoxProject @MapleDentalHealth

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the many folks who helped make our holiday gift shop a success! 💜 #ThankYou

@UnitedWayHH @ShoeBoxProject @MapleDentalHealth

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We would like to extend our gratitude to the Oakville Community Foundation ( @OakvilleCF )for the financial support for our Equity and Engagement Project.

#GIVEOakville #OakvilleOntario #ThankYou #WeBelieveSurvivors #SupportingSurvivors

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Oakville Community Foundation ( @OakvilleCF )for the financial support for our Equity and Engagement Project.

#GIVEOakville #OakvilleOntario #ThankYou #WeBelieveSurvivors #SupportingSurvivors

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Holiday hours! Our crisis line is always available to support you (905-875-1555). No names, no judgment, just support.

Holiday hours! Our crisis line is always available to support you (905-875-1555). No names, no judgment, just support.

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December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers ❤️ 

Have you ever watched a crime T.V. show and noticed how many episodes centre around the murder, abuse, or kidnapping of sex workers? This isn't just a plotline - this is a reality for sex workers internationally. 

Personal and societal stigma and discrimination towards autonomous sex work fuels violence towards sex workers, putting folks at an increased risk of abuse, mental health concerns, and death. 

Today, we empower & celebrate sex workers in our communities while remembering the lives lost to violence and hate crime. 

Everyone deserves safety, acceptance, love, and protection under the law. #SexWorkIsWork #DecriminalizeSexWork #DestigmatizeSexWork 

P.S. The red umbrella is recognized as an international symbol for sex worker's rights! 

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#sexwork #sexworkers #sexworkersrights #humanrights #endviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endviolenceagainstwomen

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers ❤️

Have you ever watched a crime T.V. show and noticed how many episodes centre around the murder, abuse, or kidnapping of sex workers? This isn't just a plotline – this is a reality for sex workers internationally.

Personal and societal stigma and discrimination towards autonomous sex work fuels violence towards sex workers, putting folks at an increased risk of abuse, mental health concerns, and death.

Today, we empower & celebrate sex workers in our communities while remembering the lives lost to violence and hate crime.

Everyone deserves safety, acceptance, love, and protection under the law. #SexWorkIsWork #DecriminalizeSexWork #DestigmatizeSexWork

P.S. The red umbrella is recognized as an international symbol for sex worker's rights!

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#sexwork #sexworkers #sexworkersrights #humanrights #endviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endviolenceagainstwomen

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Today is the final day of #16DaysOfActivism2021

Today, we invite you to lean into self reflection 💭 

To think about what motivates your activism, whether you continue to advocate behind closed doors, or when it is uncomfortable to do so, and how you can best support survivors of sexual violence and gender based violence. 

Reflection is apart of growing, and charting the path forwards, we hope that folks are able to engage in this practice and continue to implement small pieces of activism to create a large change in the coming days, weeks, months, and years ⚡️

The time is now to end gender based violence.

#16daysofactivism #16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

Today is the final day of #16DaysOfActivism2021

Today, we invite you to lean into self reflection 💭

To think about what motivates your activism, whether you continue to advocate behind closed doors, or when it is uncomfortable to do so, and how you can best support survivors of sexual violence and gender based violence.

Reflection is apart of growing, and charting the path forwards, we hope that folks are able to engage in this practice and continue to implement small pieces of activism to create a large change in the coming days, weeks, months, and years ⚡️

The time is now to end gender based violence.

#16daysofactivism #16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

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Day 15 of #16DaysofActivism 🦋

Have you ever heard, "This could happen to someone you know", or "Imagine if this happened to your sibling, or your parent?" 

This is not the best practice of spreading awareness about gender-based violence, especially to get folks engaged in this work. 

☁️Care because it's important. 
☁️Care because it needs to end. 
☁️Care because it's a pervasive issue. 
☁️Care because people continue to be harmed. 
☁️Care because people continue to die. 
☁️Care because it is a human right for everyone to live in a violence-free world. 

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#16days#16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

Day 15 of #16DaysofActivism 🦋

Have you ever heard, "This could happen to someone you know", or "Imagine if this happened to your sibling, or your parent?"

This is not the best practice of spreading awareness about gender-based violence, especially to get folks engaged in this work.

☁️Care because it's important.
☁️Care because it needs to end.
☁️Care because it's a pervasive issue.
☁️Care because people continue to be harmed.
☁️Care because people continue to die.
☁️Care because it is a human right for everyone to live in a violence-free world.

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#16days#16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

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Day 15 of #16DaysOfActivism is today 💜

Writing to local representatives, such as MPs and MPPs is a fantastic way to make your voice heard, and stand up for causes that matter to you, such as #GBV 

The link in our bio entitled "Write to Your MP Tips" is article we think is useful for figuring out where to start for this form of advocacy. Some examples of issues you could write about include:
✨The impacts of COVID-19 on sexual violence and gender based violence, and the need to create an action plan
✨Recent cases of sexual assault that have been decided by the courts in a troubling manner
✨Why sexual violence is an issue that matters to your community

Happy letter writing!

#16daysofactivism #16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

Day 15 of #16DaysOfActivism is today 💜

Writing to local representatives, such as MPs and MPPs is a fantastic way to make your voice heard, and stand up for causes that matter to you, such as #GBV

The link in our bio entitled "Write to Your MP Tips" is article we think is useful for figuring out where to start for this form of advocacy. Some examples of issues you could write about include:
✨The impacts of COVID-19 on sexual violence and gender based violence, and the need to create an action plan
✨Recent cases of sexual assault that have been decided by the courts in a troubling manner
✨Why sexual violence is an issue that matters to your community

Happy letter writing!

#16daysofactivism #16daysofactivismagainstgenderbasedviolence #endgenderbasedviolence #endgenderedviolence #sexualviolenceprevention #endviolence #gbv #activism #socialjustice

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Today is December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is also day 13 of #16DaysOfActivism. To be an activist today is to reflect on this tragedy and the current state of #GBV and #femicide in Canada. 

It is a day to mourn the loss of 14 young women, who were murdered at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989. It is a day to recognize that gender-based violence and femicide is not an issue of the past. It is present today and we must continue to raise awareness, disrupt discriminatory patterns and systems, and advocate for equity and safety for all.

SAVIS has created a virtual vigil, posted to Youtube, which you can find by clicking the link in our bio entitled "December 6th Vigil". This video includes some words from our Executive Director, and is intended to provide folks with a few moments of silence and remembrance for the women who were murdered on this day in 1989. 

Further, we take time to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two Spirit people, and women of Ontario who were murdered in acts of femicide in 2020- 2021.

#NationalDayofRemembranceAndActionOnViolenceAgainstWomen
#Dec6
#Femicide2021
#FemicideInCanada
#takeaction

Today is December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is also day 13 of #16DaysOfActivism. To be an activist today is to reflect on this tragedy and the current state of #GBV and #femicide in Canada.

It is a day to mourn the loss of 14 young women, who were murdered at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989. It is a day to recognize that gender-based violence and femicide is not an issue of the past. It is present today and we must continue to raise awareness, disrupt discriminatory patterns and systems, and advocate for equity and safety for all.

SAVIS has created a virtual vigil, posted to Youtube, which you can find by clicking the link in our bio entitled "December 6th Vigil". This video includes some words from our Executive Director, and is intended to provide folks with a few moments of silence and remembrance for the women who were murdered on this day in 1989.

Further, we take time to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two Spirit people, and women of Ontario who were murdered in acts of femicide in 2020- 2021.

#NationalDayofRemembranceAndActionOnViolenceAgainstWomen
#Dec6
#Femicide2021
#FemicideInCanada
#takeaction

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Community/Agency Presentations

  • Talking About Sex with Kids
  • Consent and Reporting Sexual Assault
  • Online Sexual Harassment
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Safety Planning
  • Self Care for Caregivers or Folks Supporting Survivors
  • Feminism

Business/Corporate Presentations

  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Workplace Bystander Intervention
  • Cultivating a Culture of Consent
  • Reporting Sexual Assault
  • Understanding Sexuality
  • Anti-Abuse and Anti-Violence
  • The Importance of Language

Supplementary Topics

The following topics are common customizations or add on pieces to our main presentation topics, in case you are looking for some inspiration or have a specific need for a sub-topic. Please also keep in mind that by adding a supplementary topic to your request, the length of the presentation will also likely increase by approximately 10 minutes.

  • Social Media
  • Boundaries
  • Impacts of Language
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Allyship

Anti-Human Trafficking

Our Anti-Human Trafficking Public Education program has a set of preventative, proactive programming which delves deeper into a variety of topics related to sex trafficking, online luring, and healthy relationship empowerment. Please note that prior to receiving one or more presentations from the EMPWR curriculum, we do request that your group receives the Introduction to Human Trafficking first. This ensures that your group learns the fundamentals of human trafficking before diving into specific aspects of human trafficking.

    • Introduction to Human Trafficking (1 hour):
      This presentation covers the basic of what human trafficking is, why it happens in Halton, who is at-risk of trafficking, and how we can prevent this crime from happening in our communities.

 

    • EMPWR – Anti-Human Trafficking Youth Toolkit (45 minutes – 1 hour):
      This presentation builds on the foundational knowledge learned from ‘Intro to Human Trafficking’. In this workshop, we discuss healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, and how traffickers’ manipulate friendships and romantic relationships into sex trafficking.

 

    • Healthy Relationships and Boundary Setting:
      This presentation builds on the foundational knowledge learned from ‘Intro to Human Trafficking’. In this workshop, we discuss healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, and how traffickers’ manipulate friendships and romantic relationships into sex trafficking.

 

    • Sex Trafficking: Addressing the Demand:
      This presentation builds on the foundational knowledge learned from ‘Intro to Human Trafficking’. In this workshop, we discuss why there is a demand for purchasing sex, how patriarchal structures and toxic masculinity contribute to sexual exploitation, and how the objectification & oppression of women informs demand for the sex trade. 

 

    • Understanding Intersectionality and Structural Vulnerabilities to Sex Trafficking:
      This presentation builds on the foundational knowledge learned on the foundational knowledge built from ‘Intro to Human Trafficking’. In this workshop, we use an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework to educate youth on how the intersections of identity make some folks more vulnerable to sex trafficking. We discuss intersectionality and why Black, Indigenous, women of colour, folks with disabilities, or folks with low socioeconomic status are more vulnerable to sex trafficking

 

Table of School-Based Presentations

For your convenience, we have listed our presentations as they correspond to the various grade levels and school curriculum’s in the Halton District and Halton Catholic District School Boards below. Each main topic can be modified to be appropriate for each age group, as demonstrated by the different titles and descriptions corresponding to the primary, middle, and secondary school grade levels.

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As our commitment to education, SAVIS continually works with community members in developing new presentations and workshops that meet the needs of our community.Each presentation uses a variety of learning methods including discussion, video clips, and interactive activities.

For more information on the Education Program, or to book a free presentation for schools and youth programs please contact:

Tele: 905-825-3622

Email: publiceducator@savisofhalton.org

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Meet our Public Educators

Claire (she/her) – Sexual Health, Violence Prevention, & Mental Health Public Educator

Claire will be graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women’s Studies and Sociology. She has been working at SAVIS during her studies and as such has been with the organization for 3 years. Her passion for preventative, proactive education is palpable, and her enthusiasm about working with folks of all backgrounds to create a society without sexual violence drives the work that she does. Please contact Claire with any inquiries about SAVIS’ sexual health, violence prevention and mental health public education at: publiceducator@savisofhalton.org

Brittany (she/her) – Anti-Human Trafficking Public Educator

Brittany is a master’s candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph. Brittany graduated with an honours BA in Psychology with a specialized focus in sexual and gendered violence. Brittany delivers all Anti-Human trafficking presentations and developed the new EMPWR curriculum for youth. Please contact Brittany with any inquiries about SAVIS’ anti-human trafficking public education at htpubed@savisofhalton.org