SERC’s Valentine’s Day Soirée Fundraising Event
In honour of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week in Canada, we are hosting a virtual fundraising event in support of the vital programs and services that SERC delivers to Manitobans. This exciting virtual gathering will engage, educate, and illuminate our communities in pursuit of a society that celebrates sexuality throughout life!
Join us on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST for a night of storytelling and learning from our esteemed guest and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kim TallBear, who will take us on a journey through her life research in the areas of sexuality and relationships.
Keynote Speaker & Topic
“Love in the promiscuous style”
Many people associate the word ‘promiscuous’ negatively with casual and careless sexual relationships. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “Done or applied with no regard for method, order – as random, indiscriminate, unsystematic.” Why does our worldview tell us that promiscuity is always so lacking in purpose? And why do we use this word to shame and blame people for their desires and attractions? In this talk, I offer a new definition of the word ‘promiscuous’ to challenge what we’ve been taught about commitment, fidelity, and the scarcity of love.
Join me on Valentine’s Day – on your own or with your sweetie(s) – and treat yourself to candlelight, snacks, and a bit of wine perhaps. Together we’ll consider how partial connections with many beings – human lovers, friends, family, and other-than-human-kin – can offer us an abundant collection of loving relations. I will offer stories and lesson about how to love and make kin promiscuously without focusing on romance or diminishing the romantic and/or sexual relationships that people desire or already have.
Love can be enlarged, not compromised or lost, when we consider what a multiplicity of loves might look like. Let’s explore that idea together.
Kim TallBear is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She writes about decolonizing sexuality and is a regular commentator in US, Canadian, and UK media outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, and technology. A citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, she blogs about nonmonogamy at The Critical Polyamorist.
Tickets for this event are available for a minimum donation of $25.00 with the option to “donate-what-you-can” for a bigger, better, stronger impact on the communities SERC serves. Higher ticket levels also come with a special gift box for the individual/household ticket holder as well as one delivered to a family that SERC supports through our community heath programs. The minimum donation to access the event is $25.00 with various levels of impact up to $125.00. Groups of 10 tickets at the $125.00 level are also available at a discounted price. All event attendees will be entered to win the Grand Door Prize consisting of a 2 night stay at Barrier Bay Resort adults-only couples resort in the Whiteshell Provincial Park!
The “Red Velvet Ticket” Experience:
Make your night extra special by purchasing the “Red Velvet Ticket” for you and your household. Each Red Velvet Ticket holder will receive a special gift box delivered prior to the event with the following items:
- A custom Coal and Canary votive candle to set the mood
- A tasty sweet treat from Chocolate Zen to enjoy alone or with your loved ones
- A Limited Edition #kbscript print exclusive to SERC – by Kal Barteski!
- A 25% discount for spreads from Flora & Farmer
- A charitable receipt for the donation portion of the ticket
- Each Red Velvet Ticket holder will be automatically entered to win a one-night stay at the Inn at the Forks and a 25% discount at the Riverstone Spa
- AND – Each Red Velvet Ticket purchased automatically sends the same ticket and gift box to a family that SERC supports through our community health education programs so they can enjoy the Red Velvet Experience too!
As an added bonus, the first 25 people to purchase a Red Velvet Ticket will receive a $5.00 voucher from Boston Pizza!
7:00 – 7:10 Welcome and Opening
7:10 – 7:20 SERC Presentation: Stories of perseverance from the field
7:20 – 8:05 Keynote Presentation with Dr. Kim TallBear
8:05 – 8:15 Q&A Moderated by Jared Star
8:15 – 8:30 Closing Remarks and Red Velvet / Door Prize Draw!
Tips on making the event as special as can be!
Sit back, relax, and let us do the entertaining for your special Valentine’s Day evening. Whether you’re alone or with your sweetie(s), make it a date night by pairing this event with your favourite beverage – wine, hot cocoa or tea, and if you can, prepare or order a nice snack to enjoy before or while you watch the show!
Venue & Accessibility:
This virtual event will be held using Zoom Webinars along with live captioning and ASL interpretation. No download is required to access the webinar. All attendees will receive a Zoom Webinar link three days prior to the event (or when they register thereafter).
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Friends of SERC: