Starting off the New Year With Learning and Pfaff-ter!

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you all had a great winter vacation. Team Education started off our first week by making several phone calls to elementary schools across the Ottawa region. The results are very promising and we hope to up our presence in elementary schools for the upcoming semester. 

This week, Team Education had a workshop at Richard Pfaff Alternate School with a grade eleven life skills class. A challenge we faced this week was presenting to this class of three students and their teacher. However, the workshop quickly picked up speed and due to the number of students we were really able to get into difficult topics such as colonial legacies on queer communities and share more intimate pieces of our experiences. Although our workshop was slotted for one hour, we easily went into three hours thanks to the students being willing to contribute their unique world views and varying narratives.

Our current goals involve being in more elementary and middle schools; however, we look forward to getting back into high schools once exam seasons settle down. We are also hoping to get into the local universities for their gender and sexuality units! 

Additionally, Team Education is looking forward to Stand Up, Speak Out: A creative March Break program for LGBTQ & Allied Youth using Theatre for social change. This is a unique March Break Camp that brings together theatre and social justice. Participants will develop a new interactive theatre production that challenges bullying, homophobia and transphobia, all while learning new theatre skills, building self-confidence and making new friends. No previous theatre experience is necessary. For more information follow the hyper-link above! 

Our workshops are always free, but we do encourage any donations to keep our organization going. If you are interested in making a donation to Jer’s Vision, please follow the hyperlink. Furthermore, if you are interested in booking a workshop please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, and concerns.

Tarah Douillon
Educational Programming Coordinator 
education@jersvision.org