Jackie Swirsky photo by: Breanne Farley

Jackie Swirsky
photo by: Breanne Farley

Jackie Swirsky

Jackie has a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alberta.  She and her husband, Matt, are raising their two children, Olivia and Zev, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Jackie is a passionate speaker on gender identity and how educators can support children’s gender diversity in schools.  ‘Be Yourself’ is her first published children’s book. 

Jackie presents on topics including:

  • Gender identity
  • Gender diversity / gender creative children
  • The language of acceptance
  • Developing supportive environments for gender creative students
  • Resources available to support gender diverse kids

Excerpt from November 2016 Presentation; Supporting Gender Diverse Students

Jackie has been an invited guest speaker at:

  •  Brock Corydon School
  •  Isaac Brock School
  • Winnipeg 1 School Division Human Rights Committee
  • St. Amant / St. Amant school
  • 2015 OUTshine National Gay Straight Alliance Summit
  • Winnipeg 1 School Division Panel Presentation: Making Schools Inclusive and Responsive for Transgender and Gender Creative Students    
  • University of Manitoba, Department of Education, Guest Lecturer
  • Limmud Winnipeg Conference
  •  Cultural Proficiency - Celebrating Diversity Conference @ Stanley Knowles School
  • St. John's Ravenscourt School
  • Adult Secondary Education Council (ASEC) Conference
  • Churchill High School
  • Aqua Essence Swim Academy
  • Education for ACTion: Our Human Rights Journey Conference by Manitoba Teacher's Society
  • Marymound

Achievements

  • WINNER of 2016 Silver NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD                                                                                                                                                   Category: Children's Illustrated, Fiction   Nautilus website
  • Nominated for the Community Individual Award from the Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • #1 Best selling Author at McNally Robinson Bookstore in the 'Books For Young People' category

Testimonials

 “[Jackie] is an excellent presenter, very thorough, interesting and certainly relevant.  The teachers were saying today how very powerful the presentation was.  It allowed for all of us to reflect on the language we are using with our students and gave us some good suggestions”. – Elementary School Principal
“Loved the presentation today… [Jackie’s] tone is wonderful; has a touch of seriousness, of comical, of practical, down-to-earthedness, not always obvious in a life situation that could be very stressful” – Audience Participant
“The talk was excellent.  It was funny and light but really effective in terms of helping bring understanding to the whole concept of gender creativity and gender fluidity… I wish it could be mandatory” – Parent
“Thank you for the presentation… I feel so much more prepared to have conversations with children and adults about this topic… The books you suggested look like excellent conversation starters” – Elementary School Teacher

If you wish to request Jackie Swirsky for a public speaking engagement, please visit her 'contact us' page.

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