Sexual Health Nova Scotia

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is dedicated to promoting healthy sexuality for all, in an environment that respects and supports choice. 

SHNS is the representative body of the autonomous Sexual Health Centres located in Nova Scotia. We are associate members of Action Canada for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Action Canada).

Currently, SHNS has six Member Centres located throughout the province. All Centres have individual Boards, but adhere to the same principles and practices.
 SHNS and the Member Centres are not-for-profit, registered charities.

All Centres provide information, education, resources, referrals, condoms and pregnancy testing. 

Halifax Sexual Health Centre operates a clinic and can provide medical services such as birth control prescriptions, Pap tests, STI testing and anonymous HIV testing. 

Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre also offers clinical services with a Nurse Practitioner, by appointment once a month, for PAP testing, STI testing, birth control prescriptions, prostate tests and more. 


A society that embraces healthy sexuality throughout life.


To champion sexual health* for all Nova Scotians through education, partnerships, information, and services.

* Sexual health is "…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled." (WHO, 2006a)

Board of Directors

Janet Aucoin, Member at Large

Roberta Duchesne, Member at Large

Vanessa Knock, Member at Large

Elena LeBlanc, Member at Large

Emily Martinello, Member at Large

Shannon Fuller, Member-Centre for Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health

Vania MacMillan, Member-Centre Represenative for Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health

Heather McPeake, Member Centre Representative for Halifax Sexual Health Centre

Lorrie Boutilier, Member-Centre Representative for Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre

Julie Veinot, Member-Centre Representative for Sexual Health Centre Lunenburg County

Sally Austin, Member-Centre Representative for Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County