Who We Are

Sexual Health Matters. But why?

Sexual health is an integral part of our mental health and overall well-being. To be sexually healthy is to be safe from harm, respected, and aware of our rights and legal responsibilities. Yet, sexual health and sexuality is one of the greatest areas of oppression for many individuals. Our sexual health is broad and occurs across the lifespan. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as:

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

Rene Ross

Rene has filled the shoes of Executive Director and Sexual Health Educator since 2017.

Rene is an advocate, writer, researcher and certified sexual health educator with over 15 years of experience in the field of sexual health and community engagement. Rene shares with us her fire for inclusion and human rights and holds a post-graduate certification in sexual health from the University of Alberta. You will see Rene around the county facilitating programs as well as sharing her experience and knowledge however she can!

Kirstin “Kirsti” Trochymchuk

Kirsti is our Youth Engagement Program Coordinator.

Kirsti, known affectionally as “Miss T”, brings extensive early education and youth advocacy experience to the centre. She is a graduate with Honours from the NSCC Social Services Program. Kirsti is passionate and creative and utilizes this energy to educate and engage youth to improve health and wellbeing. She empowers youth to take charge of their education and customizes lessons to best fit their speeds and needs.

Our Mission

Our sexual health centre champions informed, responsible attitudes regarding sexual health and wellbeing through the delivery of programs, resources and services to meet identified community needs. We work to ensure that our community receives support on all aspects of sexual and reproductive health. including healthy relationships and violence prevention, safer spaces and inclusion, and individual guidance and support.

Why we do what we do

Programs and services at the sexual health centre reflect an inclusive, friendly approach that respects individual choice and agency and are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Each year our team provided outreach and support to hundreds of people of all ages throughout Cumberland County, while collaborating with community partners on important initiatives to advance human rights, health and safety.

It takes a village

The Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County is a member of Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS), the representative organization for sexual health centres across the province. As a member of SHNS, we are joined by a network of sexual health centres and professionals who share a passion and dedication to the sexual health and wellbeing of Nova Scotians.

The Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County is a registered charitable organization and graciously accepts donations. We’ll be accepting donations online soon! We are a member agency of the United Way of Cumberland County.