Birth - Death
Order of Canada
Sue Johanson's groundbreaking work in sex education has created new space in the public sphere for open and engaged discussions of sex and sexuality. For the last 35 years, Sue Johanson has provided frank and honest sexual education to thousands of individuals through her lectures, radio programs, and the Sunday Night Sex Show on television. Johanson first achieved popularity as a sex educator and therapist on rock radio station Q107 in Toronto with a two hour phone-in show dedicated to advice on sex. The show was called Sunday Night Sex Show and existed for fourteen years between 1984 and 1998. In 1985 this radio program was turned into a TV talk show with the same name on the community access television, Rogers Cable. In 1996 it became a national show on the W omen's Television Network. The U.S. version of Sunday Night Sex Show, called Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, produced especially for American audiences, debuted in November 2002 on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen television network. It rapidly became the U.S. network's most watched television program.
Though retired from radio and television today, Sue Johanson remains active as a published author of several books on sexual education and lectures widely at universities across Canada and the U.S. Johanson's work educating the informing the public about birth control and sexual health earned her Canada's highest honour, appointment to the Order of Canada in 2001.
Bonham Centre Award Winner (2010).