President: Dr. Laurie Betito
Vice-Presidente: Tanya D’Amours
Treasurer: Stephanie Mitelman
Secretary: Jamie Quinn
Director of Communications: Lisa Segal
Members at Large: Wayne Clifford
Honorary Member: Pat Powers
President: Dr. Laurie Betito, Ph.D
Dr. Betito is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality, and has been a practicing psychotherapist for the last 25 years. Her professional activities and experiences are diverse. Eighteen years ago, she began a career in radio when, as a co-host, she joined the team of MIX 96 in Montreal; a station that broke barriers when it introduced a call-in show (The Love Line), airing once per week, all about sex and relationships. In 1999, she joined CJAD 800 with her own talk show (this time nightly), once again about sex and relationships. This show, “PASSION”, has soared to take the number one position in its time slot, and it is the only show of its kind on Montreal airwaves. Her television appearances are also quite numerous. Laurie has appeared across Canada, on the weekly show EROS (The Life Channel) as well as on MenTV (a digital cable channel) where she hosted the show “LET’S TALK SEX”. She has appeared frequently on various television programs, including news segments, both as a commentator, and as a regular “sexpert”, and is an accredited member of ACTRA. Laurie has had regular features in national magazines such as MENZ MAGAZINE and MUM MAGAZINE and has published several academic papers. She is affiliated with the Montreal General Hospital’s Human Sexuality Unit, and is a senior member of their specialized team. Laurie continues to lecture extensively in Montreal and across North America.
Vice-President: Tanya D’Amours
Tanya D’Amours completed a Master’s degree in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies of Sexuality at Concordia University. She is currently a Research and Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Douglas Institute for Mental Health. Her passion is working to empower communities to help them make healthy, well informed choices.
Tanya feels that human sexuality is complex and constantly evolving, making it essential provide the youth in our communities with the information and tools that they need to make healthy and educated decisions. She strongly believes that you are never too young to learn about healthy sexuality and healthy relationships.
Treasurer: Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE
Stephanie Mitelman is a certified sexuality educator, certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and a Canadian certified family educator. She is a national trainer on issues of sexual health education. Her work focuses primarily on prevention of pregnancy and STI/ HIV transmission. Stephanie is an Instructor at McGill University as well as at Concordia University. She has developed workshops about adolescent sexuality for parents of teens, and is a regular consultant for schools and teachers. Her intensive training “Understanding Adolescent Sexuality and Teaching Sex Ed” is offered in every major city across Canada for 2006-2009. Stephanie has made contributions in establishing programs of sexual health across several First Nations communities in Canada. She is also the creator of the Sex Education Classroom Activity Kits and Sexual Health Trivia DVD games, which are a set of teaching tools to implement fun and informative sex education in to the classroom. She is a Board member of the newly formed not for profit organization The Sexual Health Network of Quebec (formerly Planned Parenthood of Montreal), and a past member of the AASECT committee for certification in sexuality education, and a past President of the Association of Family Life Educators of Quebec. She is a regular expert voice in the National media on issues of sexuality, teens and health. She has made appearances on the television shows Sex Files on the Discovery Channel, Sexual Secrets on the Life Network and Let’s Talk Sex on MENTV. Stephanie has been nominated for 2 awards in her field; The Conference Board of Canada’s 2006 Global Best Award for initiatives in health and education, and the Association for Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education Mary Lee Tatum Award for Ideal Sex Educator.
Members at large: Wayne Clifford
Wayne Clifford has a superior Class I teaching diploma from McGill faculty of Education, a Masters in Education Degree from University of Vermont and completed Doctoral Comprehensives in Educational Administration and Counseling at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught and served in an administrative capacity in 4 Lakeshore elementary schools prior to becoming a Department Head for Cycle One, then Guidance and Student Services at Beaconsfield High School. His last 20 years there were as a counselor where he established very successful peer counseling and peer-led sex education programs. Since retirement from the public sector, Wayne has served on the Board of Directors of CLSC Lac St. Louis, the West Island Community Resource Centre, and the Canadian and Quebec Counselling Associations. He is currently Past President of the Quebec Counselling Association, he is a Certified Canadian Counsellor. Wayne is a volunteer and member of the Local Advisory Council of the West Island Y.M.C.A. Wayne has certified as an Associate in Sex Education with the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and is currently completing the requirements for a Clinical Sexology Certificate at that Institution. He holds a membership in the Sexual Information and Education Council of Canada and has presented at the Sexuality Conference which is held annually in Guelph, On. and at the American and Canadian Counselling Association Annual Conferences.
Honorary Member: Patrick Powers, M.A.
Pat taught French and Humanities at Dawson College in Montreal from 1973 through 2005. As part of the Humanities curriculum, he offered numerous courses in human sexuality, covering everything from basic anatomy to gender relations. In the early eighties, he was a member of the Association pour les Droits des Lesbiennes et Gais du Québec (ADLGQ), and worked specifically on the dossier developing a comprehensive integrative curriculum for human sexuality at the provincial (‘national’) level. As a member of the editorial board of the organization’s publication, ‘Le Berdache’, Pat produced an advice column, ‘Cher Patrice’, with a focus on gay male sexuality. In these contexts, Pat first collaborated with Planned Parenthood, finding their expertise most helpful in terms of public education. Pat joined Planned Parenthood Ville Marie in 1986 as a member of the Board of Directors, just before it officially became Planned Parenthood Montreal. In 1988, he became President of the Board, through to its recent dormancy period. Although it is quite impossible to give a thumbnail sketch of the activities of that era for the purposes of a ‘biography’, suffice it to say that it involved everything from responding to individual phone messages at our offices, to dealing directly with the media on issues of major concern in the area of sexual health. Currently, in addition to being a member of the Board of the reincarnated Sexual Health Network of Quebec (formerly PPM), Pat is a member of the steering committee of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), which has replaced the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL). Pat honed his skills as a humanistic educator at The New School of Dawson College from 1973 to the present, where he still offers seminars (in existential literature and human prejudice) as a volunteer teacher.