Victoria 2016

James Bay Community School Centre

This was the sixth and most intimate G Day we have held.  We had some outstanding presentations and activities about topics like consent, the gender spectrum, and perfectionism. Gratitude and blessings to all our volunteers and sponsors for making this magic possible!

Monique Gray Smith

Monique is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is the proud Mom of thirteen year old twins. She is an award-winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. Monique is well known for her warm facilitation style, storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

Ann-Bernice Thomas

Ann-Bernice is the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate in Victoria, BC. Click here to read the poem Ann-Bernice wrote for G Day Victoria!

Emily Deslaurier

Emily is a school teacher and lifelong student of yoga. She draws inspiration from the simplicity and playfulness she sees in her young students and the beauty of island life. Trained in vinyasa, Emily is a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage.

Stephanie Papik

Stephanie is Inuit from the north with Australian and Irish descent and has lived here on Lekwungen territory for most of her life. At the age of 24, Stephanie moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to learn more about her Inuit roots and spend time with her Northern family. During this time, she met a great-aunt who had gifted someone with a pair of hand knit socks; knit only with her insight as her aunt was fully blind. This accomplishment was a great inspiration for Stephanie that has manifested in a career of knitting, spinning, felting and weaving.

Pamela Lewis

With a background in psychology and nursing, Pam has spent 15 years working in the non-profit and health care sector. Whether it’s organizing makers workshops through Moonrise Creative or creating ‘Papalooza’, a space where sex trade workers could come to receive free sexual health care on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Pam is passionate about supporting women create their own dreams. Pam currently develops programs for Island Community Mental Health and the United Way for youth with mental health challenges as well as older adults using the arts, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Faery Sierra Choquette

Faery is a gender fluid multimedia performance artist and hypnotherapist specializing in treating anxiety, increasing self-love and unpacking gender expression. Faery is an art teacher, a prolific maker, and a dancer with a passion for AcroYoga, their cat, cool hair and consent.

Jennifer Gibson

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.