Teresa Norris is the Founding President of HPV Awareness, a National, bilingual registered charity since 2006. As a sexual health specialist with an expertise in HPV, she appears regularly nationally and internationally, speaking in public, media, and academic forums on HPV-related issues & sexual health. She works with National and International leaders to improve provincial, federal and global decisions and outcomes, particularly on HPV prevention and screening policies. Her focus is on bringing leaders together to communicate and provide solutions regarding worldwide HPV prevention and cervical cancer screening challenges.
The inception of Teresa’s passion for sexual health education stems from the loss of her best friend to cervical cancer at the age of 24 in 2001. Teresa then launched an awareness campaign through a fundraiser in 2002 to raise awareness about HPV, which quickly included scholar tours across the country and prompted public speaking appearances around the globe. This led to the beginning of a career, to date reaching millions of people.
Delivering awareness and spreading vital sexual health education to hundreds of Canadian schools of every demographic and age across the country and overseas is her day-to-day work.
The organization is comprised of board members, members and volunteers who are experts in relevant fields—including our medical advisor and board member Dr. Marc Steben, Chair, Canadian HPV Prevention Network and member of the Board of the International Papillomavirus Society, Vice President Dr. Zeev Rosberger, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and McGill University and Dr. Jean-Yves Frappier, Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine, to name a few.
Teresa Norris currently collaborates with local & provincial organizations, and school boards across the country to optimize best practices with teens, offering a variety of programs to demographics and schools all over North America. All of these academic programs target elementary, high school, college and university level students focusing on a wide scope of sexual health issues.
HPV Awareness has developed several synergies at different organizational and governmental levels from international to local initiatives. We work with education and health-care professionals and clinicians across the globe, and collaborate with the SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada) and are partners with the SGOC (Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada).
Fifteen years later, our accomplishments include seven fundraisers, with 100% of profits going to our causes. Our first gains went to creating the Tara Fund, which offers direct financial support through bursaries at one of Canada’s leading cancer centres, the Princess Margaret Hospital. This fund has provided support, over the years, to over a dozen underprivileged families of women fighting cervical cancer, you can read their stories on our website. We then included in 2008 and again in 2011 the “Run against HPV/Course contre le VPH” with all proceeds going to an HPV prevention program for underprivileged adolescents at St. Justine’s Hospital. The 2017 and 2018 proceeds from our Spartan Fundraising Run Against HPV were given both to helping bring our sexual health programs to provinces around Canada in need and to the Tara fund.