Healthy Relationships = Healthy Communities is the public education program developed and delivered by Halton Women’s Place. We serve schools within the 5 communities (Acton, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, & Oakville) and 2 school boards (HDSB & HCDSB) in Halton. Teachers book us to deliver lessons to classes on topics related to dating, intimate partner violence, healthy relationships and healthy masculinity.
Teachers, please note that our presentations are interactive and often use small groups, and for that reason are best delivered one classroom at a time, not auditorium style. We are more than happy to spend the morning or the day at your school if you would like more than one classroom to receive the information. There is less disruption for us and the students when we can come directly to their class and interact with students
with a smaller presenter-student ratio!
Our educators are Ontario Certified Teachers, trained in best practices through PREVnet (a national network led through Queens University and York University) and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAW – Western University). In addition to our own classroom presentations we
are trained to deliver content from the Fourth R, and are certified
All our educators receive certification from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection on both their Commit to Kids and Kids in the Know programs. We also provide training for businesses and community organizations on Neighbours, Friends and Families, Make it Our Business (Domestic Violence in the Workplace), and It’s Not Right! (Elder Abuse).
Meet the Team!
Supervisor, Violence Prevention and Community Education
Jerusha graduated from York University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honors specializing in Political Science and Sociology, and her Bachelor of Education.
Since graduating, she has taught in England, and with the Halton and Peel District School Boards. She has also spearheaded several youth-based community initiatives and fundraisers.
Kirsten is a graduate of Queen’s University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours specializing in History and Psychology, and of the University of Ottawa where she completed her Bachelor of Education. Since graduating in 2013, she has taught in secondary schools in England and coached youth leadership programs. She is passionate about building communities free of violence and the role that education plays in doing so.
Andrea is a graduate at the University of Toronto, where she completed a double major in Women Studies and Geography. Her dedication to the anti- violence against women movement helped pave the way for her to complete her Master’s at the University of Leeds in Global Development.
As the previous Public Education Coordinator with SAVIS of Halton, Andrea has been able to raise awareness on the prevention of gender-based violence to thousands of participants within the Halton Region. Additionally, as the past Community Development Advisor for Youth with the Town of Milton, Andrea is passionate about creating accessible and equitable spaces for young people in Halton.
"Everyone should have the right to access healthy relationship education. Together, we can make this a reality and ensure no child is left behind!"