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Gender-Based Violence Prevention

We are committed to creating learning environments where people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations feel empowered and supported. 

Our Gender-Based Violence Prevention (GBVP) staff work to promote healthy relationships and safe environments in our schools.  Our core function is to prevent and address gender-based violence, homophobia, transphobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behaviour by students towards other students in schools. We support the implementation of violence prevention activities and plans throughout the Board, and offer social work support to students and families.

To know what defines Gender-Based Violence please read our Gender-Based Violence Policy

Professional learning for staff and support for students are delivered through consultation, workshops, student leadership , and long-term prevention planning.

Other initiatives include the Gender Independent Group's, system-wide groups for trans, non-binary and gender independent students and their parents/caregivers; the Safe & Positive Spaces program which offers training and consultation to school staff; the Board’s Guidelines for the Accommodation of Transgender and Gender Independent/Non-Conforming Students and Staff which promotes dignity and equality for transgender and gender independent staff and students; the Envision Conference ; and social work support for the Triangle Program, Canada’s only classroom for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. 

Please contact us if you require additional information about any of the supports we offer.  If you are looking for a particular resource please contact our staff who would be happy to assist.

We are committed to maintaining a learning and working environment which actively promotes and supports human rights. Please read our policy and procedures to find out how.   

For more information about the Gender Independent Group (or "GIG"), please contact:

Ilana David
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Avi Magidsohn
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker


Kelly MacCready
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker