“The staff and adults appreciated what you had to say….I know when I was a teenager, I would have appreciated hearing
an adult speak of sex the way you did. Also, we felt that the info wasn’t too young for grade 7’s. It was a good intro into
the facts about sex. They hear and see all sorts of things on the TV and Internet, and so I think they were a lucky group to
hear the reality and nip some of those distorted ideas in the butt.”
~Jennifer Klassen, Northwest School Division, Saskatchewan
“The youths are thinking, the responsibility they have to themselves that sex is not a « dirty word ,» but a
« responsibility .» We had a youth workshop, « Life in our community ,» it turned into a very good discussion and
positive thinking on do’s and don’ts that affect their lives, discussion on sex, teen pregnancy, STDs. It was a very good
discussion, I am sure that your workshop started them thinking in the right direction and open and to the heart. A big
thank you for coming to our community and for the work that you do, and instilling that responsibility they have
~Clayton Cheechoo, John R. Delaney Youth Centre, Hudson’s Bay, Ontario
“Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the kids!!”
~Dawne Tomlinson, Principal, Langley Secondary School, British Columbia
“Your message is very worthwhile for students to hear.”
“Our vice-principal was very impressed on how Teresa engaged the audience and her ability to command a room. One
student mentioned they would have liked to see one heterosexual couple in the video that portrayed other diverse
relationships. The information was very relevant to our students, it was very engaging for both students and staff. Student
participation was helpful, in addition to the use of videos and props, all worked towards keeping the students interested.
To keep teenagers listening for 90 minutes straight is impressive to say the least, especially surrounded by all of their
peers. The first session needed more time, students are rarely interested in giving up their “own time” to continue with a
~Shannon Smith, Moncton High School Counsellor Grade 11, New Brunswick
“This has been the second year that Teresa Norris has presented Healthy Relationships-101 to our high school students.
Last year, one of our high schools was a pilot school for the Sexuality Pilot Project from the Ministry. We found it very
difficult to recruit teachers to handle some of the more sensitive topics and were so pleased to find someone to handle it
with a seamless presentation. Teresa has the knowledge, confidence and appropriate style of delivery that just captures the
students! The administration was concerned about student reactions and felt uncertain about what type of behaviour to
expect. Teresa had no problem dealing with behaviours, questions or attitudes. In fact, you could hear a pin drop for the
Due to the amount of material covered, it is a lengthy presentation. The students were able to give their full attention
without having to stop for recess. There is such a variety in Teresa’s presentation that all types of learners were able to
absorb the information.
Scheduling the presentation into the timetable could prove tricky so, I suggest that the presentation plan provided by Ms.
Norris be respected and not broken up into parts.
We were so pleased with the presentation last year that we asked Teresa to work with all levels of the high school this
year. She also presented to grade 7, 8 and 9 combined learning centre, which is made up of students with a variety of
challenges. That was time very well spent with those students !!
We look forward to working with Ms. Norris in the future. ”
~Diane Donnelly, Education Consultant, New Frontiers School Board, Quebec
“Those who were a part of your session praised the presentation you did.”
~Christina Chitty, Public Health Nurse, Nova Scotia
“Thank you for your thoughtful work in our school, and for getting important conversations going or continuing.”
~Sandee Blair, Principal of Princeton Secondary School, British Columbia
“The guest speaker was engaging, dynamic and very well informed. She kept the student’s attention which is no easy
~Anonymous Teacher, Gray Academy, Winnipeg, Manitoba
“I was extremely impressed with the presentation. Teresa was not only very knowledgeable concerning the subject, but delivered her presentation in a very personable and heart felt way that allowed the students to really connect with her. She also kept them laughing and entertained at the same time. Teresa’s demeanor and way of speaking to the students allowed them to open up and really feel comfortable to ask questions, which is definitely needed when presenting to a group of adults. Would definitely recommend this workshop to any and all adult education centres, and feel that it is desperately needed, as there is a lot of misinformation that can get circulated among populations especially when there is an absence of good sex education. Thank you so much Teresa, I believe your presentation made an everlasting impact on my students, and brought awareness to many important issues.”
~Kaneesha Smith, Counsellor in Reeducation