Okanagan
Sexual
Wellness
Education &
Empowerment
Tools

Mission Statement

Empower all ages to achieve sexual wellness through access to comprehensive, sex-positive, inclusive sexual health education and services

Who is Ok Sweet?

Ok SWEET is Dawn Ansdell who is a sexual health educator and a nurse practitioner.  She has worked across 3 different countries in sexual health, urology, walk-in clinics and hospital settings for over 20 years.  As a cis-gendered daughter, wife, and  mother of 2 school-aged boys, she is passionate about educating people about their bodies.  

With a lifelong interest in Reproductive and Sexual health, she was surprised to find a lack of comprehensive, sexual health education being taught in a district she had the fortune to grow up in.  Not only did she benefit from education delivered by public health nurses, it was what spurred her into a desire to teach this to the next generation. Her goal is to deliver comprehensive, sexual wellness education from an inclusive, sex-positive, science-based  lens to ensure all bodies can accept their bodily functions and make space for all bodies to thrive.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Masters of Science in Professional Practice of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Developing Skills in Reproductive and Sexual Health Care
  • Sexual Health Educator

What is Ok Sweet?

A service dedicated to providing sex-positive, inclusive, science-based information so all ages feel empowered to embrace and accept their sexual self.  Education sessions can be tailored to suit any age or topic.  These can be taught 1:1, group or classroom settings or virtually.   A range of topics to be considered:

  • Awareness of reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Physiology of reproduction and how families are made
  • Consent and the law
  • Spectrum of gender
  • Puberty changes for all genders
  • Healthy relationships and sexual decision making
  • Contraception options and links to local services
  • Sexually shared infections: Prevention, testing and treatments
  • Becoming a supportive adult in the sexual well-being of the youth in your life

Why Ok SWEET?

 Sexual Knowledge is the key to embracing and accepting bodies.  Lack of awareness about the normal functions of the human body, particularly intimate body parts subsequently leads to shame, embarrassment and can decrease the enjoyment of intimacy.  This crucial aspect of human life is currently ignored or omitted in standardized education.  Comprehensive, inclusive, sex-positive education about this very important part of the human experience can improve self esteem, protect against sexual abuse, exploitation and assault, encourage tolerance and acceptance of all genders and sexual orientations in our society.  Providing science-based education with links to accurate resources will help to stave off the inaccurate and inappropriate messages found on the internet and in the media. 

If children are not educated from credible sources, their curiosity about their bodies will propel them to seek and find information from disreputable sources such as porn and social media.  Encouraging comprehensive sexual wellness education will help empower children to be able to discern the complexities of what is really happening on screen and what the expectations are for conducting themselves in intimate relationships.  

We don’t expect children to learn algebra without understanding the foundations of math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) first….so how can we expect sexual health to be any different?  Start early, use science, answer honestly and be available. Kids will take in only what they can comprehend.  Research has shown that youth given comprehensive, sexual health education are more likely to start having sexual relationships later,  have healthier relationships and will be safer in those relationships. Give them those tools today!!

Testimonial

Two weeks ago my child at BX Elementary school benefitted from having Dawn Ansdell, from OK Sweet, present to his class on Sexual Health Education.  
I was a bit tentative given the list of words and topics they were going to discuss with my grade 2 child.  After looking on her website and learning she was a qualified Nurse Practioner, Masters of Science degree and Sexual Health Educator my fears were assuaged.  
When he came home after the presentation he was excited to discuss the topics they covered, names of anatomy, appropriate vs inappropriate touching, and she made this uncomfortable subject fun and informative for the students.  I believe she presented the information well and at each grade level, so they could understand it at their own pace. 
The “fun clothing” she wore – to use his words, certainly didn’t hurt and it sounds like it got the kids’ attention!
I am so pleased this wealth of knowledge and resource is based in our community, and thrilled that SD22 is covering this much needed information with our school students.
This was money well spent by SD22, and I hope all the schools in Vernon benefit from this talented and knowledgable Sexual Health Educator.
Please keep it up, don’t stop at this one wonderful session for our students, it’s just too important a topic to disregard. Consistency is key and we’d appreciate having her back.
Thanking you,
Todd and Dara Roberts, parents of a grade 2 student, B.X. Elementary