HEART YYC (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is led by our Director of Education in Canada, Sameera Qureshi.

Sameera Qureshi, MScOT (c) is an Occupational Therapist and currently manages a mental health promotion project that is school and community based, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007 from Tufts University in Boston, MA. Her work over the past six years has been primarily with Muslim populated schools and their families. Since 2011, Sameera has been working to implement Islam-oriented sexual health education programs both within these schools and the greater Muslim community. Her work includes developing the curriculum for both genders and teaching the curriculum to girls in grades 5-9, running parent sessions, collaborating with multiple Calgary agencies around sexual health, and making her work available to interested community member and professionals. Sameera has presented at conferences in and around Calgary including the Students at Risk Conference, annually since 2012, and the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health in 2014. Sameera has also introduced an Islam-oriented sexual abuse education program (modified from an evidence-based program that has been running in Calgary since 1994) within the schools, which is being run for the first time this year. She is incredibly excited to be working with HEART and the critical work that they do. Sameera is more than happy to collaborate with those interested in sexual health information in Calgary and area, and she can be reached here.  She also maintains a blog called “Muslim Sistah” and can be found on Twitter @muslimsistah.

Sample workshop topics include (in addition to the Chicago topics)

For Youth:
  • Sexual health education for grades 4-12
  • Girls’ sexual health education groups for grades 4 – 12 (i.e. includes topics around self-esteem, peer pressure, media, values, etc)
  • Sexual health education for children
For Young Adults and Parents:
  • Internet safety: social media and video games use among children and youth
  • Media literacy: children’s exposure to hyper-sexualized media and strategies for conversation and education &  critically analyzing media and its impact on children’s and families acculturation (i.e. balance between faith and Canadian culture) with Western society
  • Girls’ sexual health groups for 18+ (whether affiliated with a post-secondary institution or not)
  • Pre-marital workshops for couples or females around healthy sexuality in marriage
For Professionals:
  • Train the Trainers/Consultation: Workshops/Trainings for professionals interested in incorporating sexual health within their practice

To inquire about these workshops and trainings, and for more details regarding their fees, please contact Sameera Qureshi at

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