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In-Person Queer Family Planning Event

In 2022 I promised that I would find a way to showcase the stories of queer parents and queer professionals surrounding the creation of families through parenthood. Have a look at the planned agenda for just such an event;

Saturday, June 8th at The 519 On Church Street, Toronto.

Keynote speakers are being confirmed!  PLEASE watch this space for more information 

about what to expect at the first show of it's kind to support the entire Queer family building community!!

HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - noon

Rooms are on the 3rd floor

Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the event!

Agenda of Speakers

Dr Jess ND

Dr. Jess Nazareth, ND (she/her)

From 9:00 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Dr. Jessica Nazareth, ND (she/her) is a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto focused on all things reproductive health. In her session, she will be discussing a more holistic approach to fertility support. We will delve into evidence-informed naturopathic strategies to optimize fertility and support a healthy pregnancy. Whether you're considering conception, navigating assisted reproductive technologies, or seeking to enhance overall fertility health, this talk will focus on empowering you with the tools and information to support a healthy and successful fertility journey. 

Myroslava MSW/RSW

Myroslava Tyzkyj (she/her)

From 9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

The decision to start a family can be an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming, with many things to consider. Even though every person’s experience is different there are some important things to think about when starting out on this journey. I will talk about some of the crucial things that need to be discussed among all those who plan to be involved. We will touch on ideas such as the meaning of family, both in the past and how you want it to look in the future. Genetics is a consideration and it’s important to think about one’s feelings around having a child that may not be biologically related to you. Since this will be a novel journey for you, many things may come up unexpectedly and it will be important to have a community of support in place. Understanding what this could  look like for each individual can help make these hurdles manageable and can build resilience.

- Myroslava Tyzkyj, BA, RVT, Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

Marc Kemerer, Lawyer

From 10:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Marc Kemerer, Lawyer


Marc Kemerer, Lawyer (he/him)

Dr Ravi MD

Dr. Ravi Dhillon, MD (he/him)

From 10:35 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

I am Dr. Ravi Dhillon and I'm here to shed some light on the IVF and surrogacy process as a same sex couple, through the perspective of a family doctor. My experiences in primary care allow me to speak about some of the initial screenings you can get done by your family doctor, OHIP funded cycles and medical clearances typically required by health canada for egg donors and surrogates. I will also be sharing my own personal experiences with going through the IVF and surrogacy process and things I wish I knew before I started. Preparing for the negatives and positives of the experiences and financial barriers one typically faces in the process. 

Erin MacKenzie at Pollin Fertility
Leanne Masewich at Pollin Fertility

From 11:05 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Leanne Masewich, RN, Surgery Centre Manager AND Erin MacKenzie, Andrologist, (both with Pollin Fertility Clinic) will be co-presenting what hopeful birthing and/or intended parents can expect to learn when visiting and receiving care within a fertility clinic. Their respective specialties allow them to collaborate with their patients to ensure seamless guidance, care and support with an additional level of understanding as it pertains to working alongside their Queer patients. Come and learn from them just what is involved with becoming patients at Pollin Fertility Clinic.”

Leanne Masewich, RN (she/her)
Erin MacKenzie, Andrologist (she/her) 

From 11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This is the time for the attendees to ask any questions that have come up from the speakers and have them answered.

Visit the room across the hall and speak with the representatives from babyREADY, Pollin Fertility and The Womb. Learn more about what services are out there.

Thank you to our sponsors

Mini Giants
Pollin Fertility
Chris from Woven Threads is a Queer Celebrant and Officiant
AK Graphic
Lark and Foolery
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