SEXED At Cham­plain Len­noxville Wins Award!

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Cham­plain Len­noxville is proud to an­nounce that SEXed was one of three projects selected for the 2013-2014 aca­demic year to re­ceive a Ni­cole-Fortin Award in the amount of $1,500 for so­cial in­volve­ment.

SEXed is a peer ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive pro­mot­ing sex­ual health and aware­ness in the Cham­plain Len­noxville com­mu­nity. Each year a group of qual­i­fied and com­mit­ted stu­dents is selected and re­ceives train­ing to help in­form and em­power fel­low stu­dents re­gard­ing is­sues re­lated to sex­u­al­ity. The group rec­og­nizes that Cégep stu­dents face unique chal­lenges and pres­sures when it comes to sex­u­al­ity, and the peer ed­u­ca­tors of­fer sup­port on a wide range of phys­i­cal, so­cial, and emo­tional mat­ters, such as safer sex, healthy re­la­tion­ships, sex­ual and gen­der di­ver­sity, and con­sent and sex­ual as­sault. The group’s ap­proach is sex pos­i­tive, in­clu­sive, and non­judg­men­tal. Pri­mary ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns, recre­ational events, ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, an LGBT “SAFEs­pace” pro­gram, dis­tri­bu­tion of free safer sex prod­ucts, and over­see­ing a com­pre­hen­sive guide to lo­cal ser­vices.

Four Cham­plain teach­ers su­per­vise the project: An­abel Piñero, Au­drée Lévesque, Ni­co­las Lecomte, and Zoë Con­stan­tinides. “We are thrilled that the project has been so well re­ceived at Cham­plain Len­noxville, and we are very grate­ful for this recog­ni­tion of the coura­geous and in­no­va­tive work of the SEXed stu­dent peer ed­u­ca­tors,” re­marked Zoë Con­stan­tinides.

The Ni­cole-Fortin Awards are pre­sented an­nu­ally by La Fédéra­tion des en­seignantes et en­seignants de cégep (FEC-CSQ) to de­serv­ing projects to en­able them to con­tinue.

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