A Bit About Fae

Fae Johnstone (she/they) is a public speaker, consultant, educator and community organizer on unceded, unsurrended Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). As an activist and educator, her areas of expertise include LGBTQ+ and trans inclusion, social policy, child and youth mental health, sex education and anti-oppression. 

Fae works from an intersectional anti-oppressive framework. All that she does is driven by a sex-positive, trans-inclusive, anti-racist, anti-ableist, decolonial feminist approach. As a transfeminine person, she is acutely aware of how systems of oppression shape the realities of marginalized communities, but is constantly striving to work in solidarity and engage in critical self-reflection concerning how her privileges, as a white, middle-class settler, shape her experiences and approach.

Fae is a graduate of Carleton University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. She currently works as a Sex Educator and Retail Clerk with Venus Envy Ottawa, an award winning education-based sex shop and bookstore. She also works at the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights as a Program and Communications Assistant. Fae currently sits on the Strategic Advisory Council of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and serves as a Core Team Member with Trans Health Information Ottawa (THIO).

Fae's work as a consultant, educator and speaker. In the past, she has been a keynote at the 2017 International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference in Dublin, and more recently at the 2018 Jack Summit - Canada's National Student Mental Health Conference. As a facilitator, she has worked with Children First Canada, Wisdom2Action and numerous other organizations to support the creation and delivery of conferences and facilitated sessions. On the workshop side, Fae regularly designs and delivers workshops to a wide range of audiences, including young people, service providers and organizatonal leadership. Her workshop topics include LGBTQ+ inclusion, mental health, sex education and youth engagement.

In the past, she has worked for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health as a Youth Advisor & Dare to Dream Program Coordinator, traveling across Ontario providing content expertise, consultation and facilitation support to Child and Youth Mental Health agencies across the province on youth engagement. Within this role, she had the opportunity to inform and support provincial implementation of Ontario’s Moving on Mental Health strategy, and gain insights into the structural challenges that exist within the child and youth mental health system. As the Dare to Dream Program Coordinator, she coordinated Ontario’s only youth-led mental health funding project, working with a team of young people across Ontario to solicit, review and support dozens of youth-led mental health initiatives across the province. After leaving the Centre of Excellence in 2016 to focus on her studies, Fae was invited to join the Centre’s Strategic Advisory Council to continue to use her expertise and knowledge to shape the future of the Centre.

Prior to working with the Centre of Excellence, Fae worked  for four years with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). Starting out as a volunteer, she was quickly added to the staff team and following her departure as an employee, was invited to join the board of directors. Over the course of her 4 years with the CCGSD, she was the co-lead on organizing a provincial LGBTQ youth conference, directed the organization’s media and community relations, led fundraising and sponsorship efforts, delivered workshops and keynotes on LGBTQ inclusion, and co-coordinated the International Day of Pink 2014 Campaign to it’s most successful year to date.

As a community organizer, Fae has lead the organizing of numerous protests, marches and vigils in Ottawa. In 2017, she organized the Trans Day of Visibility Vigil, as well as the Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil in Ottawa. She was a lead organizing of Slutwalk Ottawa 2017, a rally and march against rape culture, sexual violence and slut-shaming. Finally, as the Canadian government worked towards enshrining transgender rights in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada through Bill C-16, Fae lead efforts to organize a rally on Parliament Hill in support of this much-needed legislation.