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Samantha Viarruel

b.  1986.  Scarborough, ON

Afro-Caribbean diaspora/settler northern European



mission

To have better relationships with one's self and others, rooted in love, compassion and abundance.

Guiding principles of her work are anti-oppression, empathy, intersectionality, joy of learning and liberation.  samantha is most fascinated by the nuanced impacts of internalized systems of oppression.  She strives to create learning environments which unpack these systems, and supports folks in finding their own values and definitions of being whole.  

background

samantha began her path as a volunteer sexual health educator at Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT) in 2011.  Her love with the ever evolving field of sexual health, and providing one-to-one support, drew her to community health promotion locally and internationally.  She has since worked as a counselor in a number of sexual and reproductive health clinics, and as a mentor, training other sexual health educators.

Patterns samantha identified through her work, led her to founding Inner Development Project, a Toronto-based outreach program, facilitating workshops with young women/non-binary youth.  Namely the connection between low self-esteem, challenges with communication in relationships, anxiety, and negative sexual health outcomes; including self-doubt and consent related sexual violence.    

In 2018, samantha developed SEXY SEXUAL HEALTH TRIVIA which she hosts on campus for university/college audiences, as well as adult audiences in various venues.   

She is a career volunteer, and works as an educator, speaker, and project manager on sexual health, consent, anti-oppression training for public facing roles, and public art. 

samantha is currently represented by the National Speakers Bureau.    


select projects

Inner Development Project 


mission

To facilitate workshops that inspire young women* to examine the values of society, define self, and lead healthy, balanced lives.

vision

our identities, our terms

workshops

Workshops are highly interactive, using arts, games and technology to facilitate conversations which participants can populate with their own lived experiences.  Topics include: body image, healthy relationships, self-esteem, social media, sexuality/gender, and consent.

community and partners

Workshops are provided free, on-site of existing groups of young women and non-binary youth ages 11-18 in Toronto.  Past/current community partners include: Boys and Girls Club East Scarborough, Boys and Girls Club Rexdale, Boys and Girls Club St. Albans, L.I.F.T, City of Toronto, GEM L'Amoreaux, LOFT.

IDP also partners with other organizations to raise funds and awareness for causes which effect the broader community.

contact: info@innerdevelopmentproject.com



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