Drawing the Line on Gender-Based Violence in Ontario

Un récapitulatif de ce webinaire est disponible sur notre blogue.

This webinar, developed in partnership with Ophea and the Ontario Coalition for Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), is designed for grades 7-12 educators to discuss the use of education for gender-based violence prevention. The session will make connections to the Health and Physical Education curricula and provide planning and teaching considerations to support teachers in initiating and continuing conversations in a safer and supportive environment for all learners.

The session will focus on:

  • Understanding consent and gender-based gender-based violence
  • Supporting students in understanding how to recognize and respond to gender-based violence as bystanders  
  • Identifying connections between these important conversations and the Health and Physical Education curricula  
  • Exploring resources and supports available to use in your next teaching assignment
  • Providing considerations for additional supports and teaching strategies  


Andrea Haefele is a Health & Physical Education teacher in the York Region District School Board. She is currently seconded as a curriculum consultant at Ophea and a member of the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Educators (OASPHE). Andrea has been part of many regional and provincial initiatives that support the Health & Physical Education curriculum, Healthy Schools, and also Daily Physical Activity. She is a strong advocate for quality H&PE programming for all students of all abilities. Andrea uses “she, her, hers” pronouns, and asks others to use these pronouns in reference to her.

Roslyn Deisinger is a gender based gender-based violence prevention educator, currently with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres as their Draw the Line Campaign Coordinator. Acknowledging this crime is a social ill which impacts us all, she is passionate about supporting individuals to feel both accountable to and prepared for building healthy communities. Roslyn has a particular interest in supporting professionals who work with youth, given the importance of fostering prosocial values in the next generation to address this prevalent form of harm. Using ‘she’ and ‘her’ pronouns, Roslyn asks others to please also use these in reference to her.

Robin MacDonald is a Health and Physical Education and Special Education specialist teacher in the Near North District School Board, and an Ophea Ambassador.  She has spent her career supporting students in Northern Ontario and has particular interest in supporting First Nation, remote and rural communities. She has a particular passion for supporting healthy school communities, and loves to share her knowledge around school nutrition and well being. She uses ‘she’ and ‘her’ pronouns, and asks others to use these pronouns in reference to her.  

This session is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Note: The original webinar date was March 3, 2021.

A recap blog post is available for this webinar (in English and French).