Our Team Members
Our team of Youth Educators are only a handful of years older (between 17 and 24) than the very students they work with in-classroom. This dynamic allows for true learning exchanges because our Youth Educators know the topics students care about.
Favourite food: Honey green bubble milk tea
Favourite word or expression: “Praxis”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I hope that initiating conversations around sexual health can offer youth a self-empowering means to think and talk about their experiences.
What makes you BLUSH? Talking about feelings (any & all of them).
Favourite food: Korean BBQ, Croissants
Favourite word or expression: "Oh Gosh!”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Having the opportunity to create a safe space for open discussion and learning surrounding sexual health has been incredibly rewarding. The knowledge about relationships, safe sex, communication, critical thinking and awareness...it’s life long, and important to tackle, and at BLUSH every workshop is an exciting new experience that approaches these ideas!
What makes you BLUSH? Handwritten love notes and stealing a surprise kiss!
Favourite food: Soup!
Favourite word or expression: “Yikers” – my spin on ‘yikes’
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer with BLUSH because I remember having so many questions about sexual health as an adolescent but not feeling like it was acceptable for me to ask these questions out loud. I love opening up the conversation and working to decrease the stigma surrounding young people and well-informed sexual education.
What makes you BLUSH? Pretty much everything, my cheeks are constantly red. I probably blush the most when I am laughing – which is almost always.
Favourite food: Potatoes and donuts. (PS. I only just learned that spudnuts are a thing.)
Favourite word or expression: “Oh-eyyy!”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better equipped you are to interpret situations and make decisions for your own reasons. It’s also really fun to have blunt conversations about sex and sexual health. Just like masturbation, talking about sex also carries no risk of STI transmission or unwanted pregnancy 😂
What makes you BLUSH? Unexpected compliments :)
Favourite food: Popcorn and instant noodles! (but not together)
Favourite word or expression: "One more time with feeling"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer with BLUSH because I love to learn through conversation. My curious nature has me constantly seeking new ways to engage, especially with youth. I enjoy volunteering with BLUSH as it allows me to participate in a comfortable environment where we as youth can explore topics about sexual health!
What makes you BLUSH? Catching a lingering "smize" (a smile with your eyes) in my direction. Eeek!
Favourite food: Salmon Aburi Sushi… that stuff tastes heavenly!
Favourite word or expression: “hehe”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Volunteering with BLUSH is such an amazing learning experience! Everyone is continually learning more about themselves throughout their lives. Exploring topics such as relationships and sexual health can help us discover what our own values are and help us make decisions based on what we truly want for ourselves. Also, I think that being able to freely talk about these topics with each other is so cool and empowering!
What makes you BLUSH? Losing my train of thought or running out of things to say in a conversation. I end up feeling guilty for creating that awkward atmosphere and my face becomes a tomato ☹
Favourite food: Vanilla Ice Cream
Favourite word or expression: “That's what she said”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? To help youth get all the information they might be too scared to ask about and continue learning myself.
What makes you BLUSH? Romantic conversations
Favourite food: Ramen, Pho, Pasta... any noodles! I'm a noodle enthusiast.
Favourite word or expression: "Variety is the spice of life"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? My interest in sexual health and sexuality has always been fuelled by curiosity. Being a youth facilitator allows me to foster an open dialogue about potentially awkward topics for youth, and help develop a greater understanding of the diversity of sexual relationships, creating a healthier outlook on sexuality. With BLUSH, I am able to help empower youth to help them make their own sexcellent decisions, and be proud of their own curiosities and questions!
What makes you BLUSH? Getting a flirty text, first kisses, when your partner holds your hand for the first time in public.... and when you introduce a new food to someone and they say they love it.
Favourite food: Chocolate!
Favourite word or expression: "Dude"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Knowledge is power! Everyone deserves accurate and unbiased information about sex and sexual health, so they can make decisions about relationships and sexual health that are best for them.
What makes you BLUSH? Accidentally calling one of my teachers ‘mom'… yikes!
Favourite food: Macaroni and cheese, but not the real kind the Kraft Dinner kind
Favourite word or expression: “Don’t act like you’re not impressed,” I feel this perfectly exemplifies my fake over-confidence.
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I just love the idea that me and my Blush teammates get to be a part of the resources for youth and their ongoing sexual education. Blush really is the best of both worlds, since it not only ingrains all the fun stuff we talk about, but I believe it gets us youth comfortable with talking about and being comfortable with this information as well.
What makes you BLUSH? Walking past Victoria’s Secret. I honestly probably couldn’t tell you what the store looks like because I try so hard to not make eye contact with any part of the store as I walk by.
Favourite food: My mom's biryani.
Favourite word or expression: "OMG that's wild!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? When I was in high school, youth educators who came in for workshops or assemblies always left such a profound impact on me. I volunteer with BLUSH to have that same positive impact on others, especially when it comes to important conversations such as sexual health. Sexual health is life-long and it's important for me to be a part of building a foundational understanding among youth!
What makes you BLUSH? When I post a poppin' picture of myself on Instagram and my crush double taps it *swoon*
Favourite food: Burgers and tacos. Together.
Favourite word or expression: "Treat yo self"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I believe in opening up the conversation for not only sexual health but healthy relationships as well. Communication is a large part of our lives and we should strive to be good communicators! There is also a sense of empowerment in knowing how to communicate your feelings and needs to another person. I would like to empower students and help them with their self-expression!
What makes you BLUSH? Catching feelings. That feeling of "uh oh, I am starting to like this person ;o"!
Favourite food: Anything that involves cheese and carbs!
Favourite word or expression: “Easy peasy lemon squeezy”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Talking about sex is fun! Normalizing the conversation about sexual health and everything about it is so important. I love seeing the transition from the beginning to end of a workshop… teens are always so awkward and uncomfortable initially but by the end (hopefully) we are all having an open honest conversation!
What makes you BLUSH? A LOT of things… my brothers gave me the nickname “Tomato” because of how red my face goes at every occasion. But the worst is forced, awkward small talk – I like to think I’m a friendly, social person… but running into people I know in public makes me nervous and is sure to elicit blushing and uncomfortable giggling!
Favourite food: Matcha or really chocolatey ice cream
Favourite word or expression: "If every pork-chop were perfect we wouldn't have hot dogs!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Because empowering youth is awesome! Having open discussions about sexuality can help individuals become more independent and confident in their abilities to make decisions about their own health. Through BLUSH, I can help create safe spaces for these discussions to take place!
What makes you BLUSH? An unexpected "I love you!" or cute pet names!
Favourite food: Fish Tacos or cheesecake... it's a tie.
Favourite word or expression: “Truly blessed on this day”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I think that being comfortable with your sexuality and knowing how to establish and maintain healthy relationships are essential to overall happiness and wellbeing. I love being able to have conversations about these important subjects by volunteering with BLUSH!
What makes you BLUSH? When people slide into my instagram DM's
Favourite food: Pho and ramen!
Favourite word or expression: "Yikes!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Growing up in a conservative family, I didn't know anything about sexual health or relationships - I had to figure out everything myself. I joined BLUSH to help others who might be in the same situation. I want to offer as much information as possible to empower youth to make their own informed decisions!
What makes you BLUSH? Telling someone how much I like them and why. Also talking to attractive people :)
Favourite food: Mango
Favourite word or expression: "Swell!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I want to make sex ed as inclusive, accessible and engaging as possible! Having open conversations about sexuality and relationships will help youth become empowered to make healthy decisions.
What makes you BLUSH? Receiving compliments.
Favourite food: Home-made cookies
Favourite word or expression: “I appreciate it.” (saying it or receiving it)
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? It does not matter how old you are, 12, 18, 27, 94… we are always discovering ourselves and learning new things about who we are. I think that having the opportunity to wonder and get knowledge on issues such as relationships, sexual health and social media - especially in today’s world - is something that should be done, and the earlier the better. This is why I am passionate about BLUSH and the work I do with the team!
What makes you BLUSH? Eye contact! Intense. Long. Mouth-watering, eye contact.
Favourite food: chickpeas!
Favourite word or expression: “Fine and dandy”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I want everyone to be able to have the words and skills they need to explore their bodies and sexuality! I also like writing on white boards
What makes you BLUSH? Writing flirty texts... Getting flirty texts...Asking if I can hold someone's hand…Accidentally saying "you, too" when servers at restaurants tell you to enjoy your meal.
Favourite food: ICE CREAM! But I do not discriminate and love it all.
Favourite word or expression: "pew, pew"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? My sex-a-cation was very minimal at school, and no one even explained what consent was to me until grade 12! I think it is really important for youth to have a full sexual education in order to feel comfortable with their choices. I also feel like I learn so much when I facilitate workshops!
What makes you BLUSH? EVERYTHING. Seriously. It is too easy to make me blush. Stating that I’m blushing doesn’t help, it just makes me blush more.
Favourite food: Chanterelle mushrooms! - marinated, of course.
Favourite word or expression: “Don't knock it till you've tried it... twice.”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? When I ask "how are you" I mean more than small talk! I love hearing about the details in everyone's amazing lives and I want to create that safe space for everyone to share their concerns and excitements and to encourage others to have these discussions with themselves and each other! There's no healthier way to go about life than to continue to question and be curious and communicate really rad and unique ideas! Sometimes we need someone to give us that permission to explore ourselves in sex and relationships and I hope I can make it a rewarding practice.
What makes you BLUSH? Flirting and trying to be witty - just trying to be something I'm not: smooth. I always fail miserably! I look absolutely ridiculous and I am immediately humiliated! I'm learning to laugh it off though #beYOUtiful
Favourite food: Jasmine bubble milk tea
Favourite word or expression: "That's my Jimmy jam!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer with BLUSH because I want to be involved with youth health and education so that we can empower youth to be able to make wise decisions for their own health.
What makes you BLUSH? Just thinking about how I can develop strong feelings for another person makes me blush because, oh gosh, feelings are on another plane of existence. I think the "warm and fuzzies" of these feelings for another person can cause me to be as red as a tomato.
Favourite food: Any sort of spicy noodles, especially if they come with broccoli.
Favourite word or expression: "Oh my gosh!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I want to help provide the body-positive and inclusive sexual health education that I never received. Also, I love helping people learn in whatever capacity I can.
What makes you BLUSH? Watching TV shows and getting second-hand embarrassment when something happens to the main character.
Favourite food: Barbecued salmon
Favourite word or expression: "It's a plan Stan" - Stan seems like a cool guy with all his plans
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer at BLUSH because I believe that education is important to keep yourself safe and healthy. Having a strong knowledge base allows everyone to make decisions for themselves now and in the future.
What makes you BLUSH? Having butterflies in my stomach. It's the excitement of having feelings for someone!
Favourite food: chickpeas and avocados... usually in the form of hummus and guacamole
Favourite word or expression: "oh em gee!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer because talking and learning about sexual health and healthy relationships is so so important and is something that I believe doesn't get talked about enough with youth nowadays. I wish BLUSH had came to my school when I was younger because I believe what we teach is so unique and exciting. Also, I'm really passionate about working with students!
What makes you BLUSH? Awkward moments with literally anybody... which I constantly find myself in because I can be a pretty awkward person sometimes!
Favourite food: Vietnamese Pho
Favourite word or expression: “The Struggle is Real”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I want to promote personal health, safety, positive attitudes and responsibility, while being a positive influence to the younger generation. I hope to help youth not only gain more insight what sexual health is, but to foster a better understanding of each other’s feelings by building a respectful and inclusive community, thereby influencing healthier decisions to be made.
What makes you BLUSH? Surprising Body Functions. When the attention is on us in a public setting, an unexpected rush of blood to a certain region beyond our control can be SUPER embarrassing. This was especially true when I was younger and topics relating to sex were more "taboo". Now I've learned to deal with this issue in more discrete manners and just slyly brush it off as it not being a big deal, because hey, it really isn't, it's just natural and healthy.
Favourite food: Maple butter
Favourite word or expression: "That is so lovely!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? So I can learn more about sexual health and relationships and we can all share any knowledge we have with each other, learning through other people’s stories and experiences makes me thrilled. Yay for collective wisdom <3
What makes you BLUSH? Love :) I love love quite a lot and I get rather excited about it. Innuendos also make me blush as they seem to insert themselves into my sentences without my authorization...
Favourite food: Milkshakes!
Favourite word or expression: "Bow chica wow wow"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Growing up, I had a lot of questions about relationships and sexual health, but I didn't always know who to ask and how to ask! So when I found out about BLUSH, it was the perfect opportunity to get comfortable with the uncomfortable, and become a source of knowledge for somebody else. On top of that, the fact that I get to meet so many cool people and learn something new every time I teach a workshop - that's what makes it all super worth it!
What makes you BLUSH? Seeing my crush. Thinking about my crush. Imagining being with my crush. Realizing my crush is famous. Realizing my crush might not like me. Finding a new crush
Favourite food: Homemade bread fresh out of the oven
Favourite word or expression: Ineffable - it's the best word for experiences that have no words
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I really believe in the importance of having honest conversations about relationships, sexuality and identity so that we don't get duped into believing everything we consume from the media.
What makes you BLUSH? Finding the courage to have the 'what is this and where is it going?' conversation......
Favourite food: Burritos! And chocolate. . . but maybe not together.
Favourite word or expression: "that’s so beautiful!”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I volunteer with BLUSH because I love planting seeds and empowering people. I believe sexual health is a very important topic to introduce to teenagers (by peers they can relate to) because being comfortable and mature about sexual health can lead to better decision making and a more open dialogue around sexuality and relationships.
What makes you BLUSH? I blush a lot! I blush when I play sports and when I get sweaty. I blush when I get caught in a sticky situation and do not know what to say. I blush when I receive compliments that were unexpected. I blush when my partner kisses me. And I also blush when I laugh until I am out of breath. Sometimes, I blush just because.
Favourite food: Vietnamese Pho!
Favourite word or expression: “YAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I have always been passionate about spreading the word about sexual health, and I have always wanted the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences of sexual health and relationships with other people! It is something that we should definitely not shy away from talking about, and we should constantly be discussing these topics and bringing them to light. As well, I really wished that I had the opportunity to attend a BLUSH workshop myself when I was younger, so being able to volunteer with BLUSH and facilitate a workshop like this is absolutely unreal!
What makes you BLUSH? When my significant other says "I love you" for the first time, and it catches me completely off guard!
Favourite food: Meat! Preferably steak.
Favourite word or expression: “Definitely” and “Perfect”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I believe that sexual health and relationships are important topics that should not be shied away from in youths and teens. As a youth educator, I would like to create a safe and comfortable environment where more light can be shed upon these topics and equip them with the knowledge to make better informed decisions in the future
What makes you BLUSH? Having a conversation with someone I’m seeing about where our relationship “stands”/making it official and introducing that person to my friends and family and vice-versa, because first impressions are an important and scary thing to me!
Favourite food: Mac & Cheese with extra cheese
Favourite word or expression: “Thrive”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I love having frank, open, and honest conversations with youth!
What makes you BLUSH? Saying "I love you" for the first time.
Favourite food: Cheese!
Favourite word or expression: “OMG”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Sexuality is such an important topic that lots of people are afraid to talk about, and I know that when I was in high-school I was too! I want to help reframe how we talk about sexuality – from being that thing we grit our teeth through, to being a topic that might still make us BLUSH (hehe) but also being something that we can be more comfortable talking about for our own health and well-being.
What makes you BLUSH? Basically everything, my face is my biggest tell, but especially dancing because I’m so bad at it!
Favourite food: Mac & Cheese
Favourite word or expression: "Hakuna Matata!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I know how important knowledge about sexual health, relationships, consent, gender and sexuality is. Back in MY day (I say as though I'm 1000 years old), my sex education was pretty bare-bones and super noninclusive! Thus, I feel really lucky to be able to pass along some important info to other youth today, and to learn from them as well!
What makes you BLUSH? Making the first move! As soon as I'm ready to lean in for that first kiss I get totally nervous and awkward, even if I was as cool as a cucumber 30 seconds earlier.
Favourite food: Pasta. Pasta. Also pasta.
Favourite word or expression: "Articulate". Because it makes you sound…articulate.
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Sex wasn’t really talked about in my household, and there was a lot of misinformation in my peer groups. So if I can help give honest and accurate advice/information to youth in a way that makes them feel a little less alone and confused, I want to do that!
What makes you BLUSH? Sexy talk during, um…intimate moments. I just can’t help but laugh. It looks so much easier in the movies…
Favourite food: Ramen and Tacos
Favourite word or expression: “Meow”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I grew up in an environment where sexual health wasn’t talked about very favourably or was a bit “taboo” so to speak so now that I have the chance to make a difference to today’s youth I want to be as active as I can in doing so and facilitating conversations that surround sexual health and wellbeing is something I am passionate about not to mention how important a role education plays in everyone’s lives. I also love the welcoming peer-to-peer dynamic BLUSH fosters.
What makes you BLUSH? Very direct eye contact, being put on the spot in classes or hearing that someone likes me or is hitting on me (it’s such an odd feeling?!)
Favourite food: Melted Cheese... in all its forms
Favourite word or expression: "You do you boo boo."
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I love providing a platform for young people to discuss and explore sexuality and sexual health!
What makes you BLUSH? Extreme PDA!
Favourite food: Fried Chicken
Favourite word or expression: Meow
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I enjoy helping people. Even if by a little, easing the awkwardness of puberty and aging is fun for everyone involved.
What makes you BLUSH? I have built up an immense wall of tolerance towards potentially embarrassing topics. It comes with the line of work :P That said my sister frequently discloses too much information and can occasionally catch me off guard with her antics ><
Favourite food: Ramen :D
Favourite word or expression: “Denial is not just a river in Egypt.”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I think we all face pressure to do things "the right way," whatever we think that might be. BLUSH workshops teach youth some skills to be healthy, and encourage youth to decide on their own what is "right" for them. I think that's an inspiring message and I'm happy to share it.
What makes you BLUSH? When I’m trying to answer a question in class and everyone is looking at me. I feel like if I mess up, everyone will see and that’s stressful!
Favourite food: A good meat pie
Favourite word or expression: "Mother of Pearl!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Working with youth and teens has always been a passion of mine, and when I was provided with the opportunity to be a youth educator 4 years ago with BLUSH, it felt like a dream come true! It has truly been an amazing experience being able to go into a classroom and talk about an awkward and embarrassing subject with a bunch of awkward and embarrassed teens! Facilitating these workshops is honestly so much fun and I really enjoy being a part of a sexual health program that fosters and prioritizes such a positive, healthy and self-reflective learning environment.
What makes you BLUSH? Accidentally farting in public (despite the fact that it happens to all of us...as we all have gas...)
Favourite food: Mashed Potatoes
Favourite word or expression: "Ugh!"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Because I believe youth have the right to know all the information about relationships and sexuality in order to make informed, personal decisions, and I love being the one to start that conversation!
What makes you BLUSH? Expressing my needs to partners, friends or coworkers. Getting waxed. Forced, awkward small talk. PDA. First kisses.
Favourite food: The masago stuff on top of masago sushi rolls is my enemy -- I could eat that stuff for days
Favourite word or expression: "Coolbeans"
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Because emotions are just as important as physical fun things, and we should talk about it!
What makes you BLUSH? When people catch me taking a snapchat selfie in public.
Favourite food: If I want to sound fancy I'd say sushi, but if I'm feeling a bit more honest... homemade mac n' cheese.
Favourite word or expression: “Thank-you” (Did you know that expressing gratitude is one of the most effective ways to become happier?)
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? Sexuality is a huge part of the human experience (one of the greatest) and, somehow, nobody wants to talk about it. Some people even think it's taboo! What's up with that? Let's do something about it.
What makes you BLUSH? Receiving compliments, heavy eye contact, and having to explain this job to my grandparents!
Favourite food: BACON
Favourite word or expression: “Rad!” and “Totes!”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? I love the idea of peer to peer learning. I know I would have loved to have had someone I could relate to expand my knowledge on sexuality and relationships.
What makes you BLUSH? Pap tests! When do you ever hear someone is excited to go get one done? I just have to remind myself that this is a great thing, though, as it helps me make sure I'm healthy!
Favourite food: Butter chicken
Favourite word or expression: "Fair enough."
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? To let the youth know that they're not alone in navigating the world of sexual and emotional health - we're all in this together.
What makes you BLUSH? Figuring out how to approach someone I like and dealing with the possibility of feeling rejected!
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite word or expression: “Meow”
Why do you volunteer with BLUSH? It's fun! It's normally so taboo to talk about these topics even as I get older, so it's cool to create a comfortable environment where we can discuss these topics.
I really believe in what we discuss, as I constantly remind myself of the key points and find them helpful when applying them to my everyday life.
What makes you BLUSH? Watching sexy scenes in movies with my parents…even the kissing scenes can be uncomfortable to watch with my parents there!