June 2015

The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) is seeking a vibrant, outgoing and creative individual to join our team in the role of Summer Intern – Special Events & Admin. Assistant. The successful candidate will join a small team of committed and energetic individuals who work diligently to create safe, inclusive school & community environments across Canada.

CSSN has just moved to Vancouver! We’re looking for a fresh face to help us kick start new initiatives and events across BC! Plus, help us support our on-going events across the country!

This position is part time and flexible. You will be working directly with the Communications Coordinator. You will be required to work in office 1-2 days a week, (hours flexible) and to work from home an additional 1-2 days a week. This position is ideal for a current (or recent) undergrad or graduate student, who is passionate about non-profit work, youth and children, communications and marketing, and who is great at getting things done with little supervision. This is a paid position starting late June until the first week of September. There is a possibility of continuing the position into the school year.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in coordination of special events, conferences and fund-raisers including two Annual Golf Classic tournaments, Safe Schools Story Contests, Annual Hockey Pool and regional, provincial & national “Safe School Conferences”.
  • Seek opportunities to develop community/corporate support through identification of opportunities to acquire in-kind donations.
  • Responsible for assisting in writing/editing a variety of communication pieces including media releases, newsletters, brochures, reports, grant applications and proposals.
  • Assist with maintaining a database for the organization, including data input and organization
  • Assist with general office administration including basic bookkeeping, reception, word- processing.

We’re looking for you:

  • You are creative and take initiative in everything you do. You are full of great ideas and know when and how to share them. (The kind of person who plans group trips for your friends)
  • You are exceptionally organized. You have highlighters in many colours.
  • You are self-directed and can get things done! Generally you’re hard working, and your assignments are done days before they’re due.
  • You get excited about the projects you work on.
  • You are social media savvy. You can tweet, post, and blog. You’re also familiar with Word, Powerpoint and Excel. (Ability to use creative software would be an asset)
  • You have strong written and oral communication skills
  • You have experience with special event planning (and/or organizing team sports, group trips, garage sales)
  • You have strong people and problem solving skills
  • Strong volunteer experience considered an asset

The Canadian Safe School Network is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from diverse communities.

Deadline to apply: Monday, June 22nd

Resumes & Cover Letters can be sent to Renee Goncalves, Communications and Events Coordinator – renee@canadiansafeschools.com

No phone calls, please.


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On Monday May 25th the Canadian Safe School Network hosted the LGBTQ Student Think Tank in 4 cities across Canada! The event brought together LGBTQ high school students from rural and urban communities surrounding Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and the Annapolis Valley, NS. The goal of this cross-nation event was to hear what students had to say about the challenges and experiences they faced in school everyday.  We are proud to say it was a great success! Using a bottoms-up approach we had the opportunity to hear first hand what issues students were passionate about, what they felt needed to be improved and where and when they needed support. Each event was 3 hours long and had between 15 and 18 students in attendance.

We connected with or established connections in each city that helped us organize all aspects of each event. Partners helped provide space, coordinators, facilitators, volunteers, and access to students. These connections in combination with our own established supporters and systems of communication led to the success of the event. Thank you to all those fantastic partners including the Werklund Youth Leadership Centre, Calgary Sexual Health Centre, Youthlink, Calgary University, Acadia University, and The Youth Project NS.

The event started with introductions, ice breakers and identifying everyone’s preferred pronouns. We were pleased to have a variety of youth representing nearly all communities in the LGBTQ spectrum. Before long an in depth discussion began and many great topics were covered!

Some of the main issues discussed included:

  • Access to teacher’s who are well versed and comfortable speaking about LGBTQ issues, particularly in health class-inclusion of LGBTQ information in the provincial curriculum (s)
  • Access to reliable/safe/factual outside resources for themselves and to help educate others
  • Visibility within their school and society at large
  • Personal/Physical Safety

Some of solutions discussed:

  • Many of the students expressed that some things are being done to help tackle the above issues (mandated curriculum/legislation dependent on province, mandatory GSA’s, mandatory gender neutral washrooms/change rooms, ongoing events to spread awareness and acceptance (diversity day, rainbow prom, GSA conferences etc.)
  • However, many of them also expressed that much more could be happening. Although some suggestions were made, the overall feedback was that they were unsure how to make those changes. As students, they need support to tackle such serious issues and to take the next steps.

CSSN is in the process of analyzing the info we received at each Think Tank. We are also looking forward to hosting the second edition of the Think Tank in Toronto and Saskatoon this fall!

Stay tuned for the fascinating report on the results of the Think Tank in the coming months!

Check out some of the press from our May 25th event:




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