Sexual Health Nova Scotia
Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is dedicated to promoting healthy sexuality for all, in an environment that respects and supports choice.
SHNS is the representative body of the autonomous Sexual Health Centres located in Nova Scotia. We are associate members of Action Canada for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Action Canada).
Currently, SHNS has six Member Centres located throughout the province. All Centres have individual Boards, but adhere to the same principles and practices. SHNS and the Member Centres are not-for-profit, registered charities.
All Centres provide information, education, resources, referrals, condoms and pregnancy testing.
Halifax Sexual Health Centre operates a clinic and can provide medical services such as birth control prescriptions, Pap tests, STI testing and anonymous HIV testing.
Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre also offers clinical services with a Nurse Practitioner, by appointment once a month, for PAP testing, STI testing, birth control prescriptions, prostate tests and more.
A society that embraces healthy sexuality throughout life.
To champion sexual health* for all Nova Scotians through education, partnerships, information, and services.
* Sexual health is "…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health 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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled." (WHO, 2006a)
Board of Directors
Janet Aucoin, Member at Large
Roberta Duchesne, Member at Large
Stevi Gerrior, Member at Large
Vanessa Knock, Member at Large
Elena LeBlanc, Member at Large
Emily Martinello, Member at Large
Shannon Fuller, Member-Centre for Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health
Vania MacMillan, Member-Centre Represenative for Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health
Heather McPeake, Member Centre Representative for Halifax Sexual Health Centre
Ruthie Patriquin, Member-Centre Representative for Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County
Vicki Rutledge, Member-Centre Representative for Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre
Julie Veinot, Member-Centre Representative for Sexual Health Centre Lunenburg County
Sally Austin, Advisory Group Member