OYOR Community Advisory Committee

 

Alana Leard

Executive Director, AIDS PEI

 

Angus Campbell

Community Advocate, Halifax, NS

Anik Dubé

Anik is a professor at the School of Nursing at the Université de Moncton, Moncton campus.  She has been a nurse for 17 years, graduating with her Bachelor of Nursing from the Université de Moncton in 1995. She then completed her master’s in Nursing in 2005. Anik's work experience has been mostly in public health, where she worked as a public health nurse at a sexual health centre for 7 years. Her other work experience includes emergency, critical care, and travel nursing.

Anik is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at UNB, for which she has received a graduate scholarship from the ‘Consortium national de formation en santé’ (CNFS) through the Université de Moncton. Her research focuses on understanding Aboriginal youths’ experiences with sexual health services and HIV/STI testing in New Brunswick through sex, gender, and place. Anik uses a multilevel approach that includes ecological and critical social theories to better understand the multidimensional interactions influencing youth’s access to prevention services. Once she successfully completes her PhD, her ultimate goal will be to teach and conduct research in the fields of sexual health, health promotion, and disease prevention with marginalized populations and youth.

Colin Green

Colin Green is Executive Director of the Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia - an organization that reduces the impact of hepatitis on Nova Scotians through support, information and education. One of the current projects of HepNS is "Hip not Hep: Safer Tattoo and Piercing," a project that takes the message of the risks associated with tattoo and piercing to junior and senior high school aged youth through an interactive informative workshop in schools.

 

Costa Kasimos

Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Health Centre

 

Fran Keough

Coordinator, Safe Works Access Program, AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador

Michael Liddell

Michael lives in Amherst, Nova Scotia. In the late 1980s, he was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 20. There was no youth-specific support system and very little in youth prevention policy. All HIV+ persons were treated the same; which amounted to being told “Get your life affairs in order because you’ll be dead in ten years or less.” Now looking back as a long term survivor, Michael can see that there still needs to be more youth-orientated support and prevention policies and practices, as well as more meaningful youth participation in the creation of such policies and programming. As the youth infection rates for HIV and HCV are still too high for his liking, it is Michael’s desire to do whatever he can to prevent any young person to have to go through what he went through. Michael is committed and honoured to be part of an advisory committee which will address and enhance the effectiveness of HIV/HCV prevention programs that serve the needs and concerns of youth.

Michelle Proctor-Simms

Michelle Proctor-Simms is the director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS (Commission). Prior to her appointment as director in September 2008, she was a research officer for seven years with the commission. Located in Halifax, the commission is an arms-length agency of the Government of Nova Scotia that advises the government on HIV/AIDS and its impact on Nova Scotians, and coordinates the implementation of Nova Scotia’s Strategy on HIV/AIDS (the Strategy).

As director, she provides leadership and expertise in partnership with government departments, community-based organizations, and persons living with HIV/AIDS) using a population health and social inclusion approach to address the recommended actions in the Strategy. Presently, she is providing leadership for a 10-year review of the Strategy (to be launched in the fall of 2012). In 2011, she helped to establish a partnership with the Northern AIDS Connection Society (NACS) in Truro, N.S., to convene a community engagement process for the “Northern Region HIV Testing Project” to find innovative ways to establish safe, accessible, and sustainable testing options for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne pathogens (BBPs) in Northern Nova Scotia. She is providing leadership and support to the core team for all aspects of this project. In her previous role as research officer, she represented the commission as a key partner in the establishment and evaluation of Nova Scotia’s first low-threshold methadone program, and chaired the advisory committee and evaluation subcommittee (2001 to 2004).

In 2007, Michelle was seconded for six months to act as co-ordinator of sexual health, Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection. In that role, she provided leadership for the implementation and co-ordination of the “Framework for Action: Youth Sexual Health in Nova Scotia” (the Framework) as acting chair of the (former) Nova Scotia Roundtable on Youth Sexual Health.

Michelle is currently serving as a member of the OYOR Advisory Committee. She became involved because of her interest in research that supports and builds capacity for evidence-informed public policy aimed at reducing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other STBBIs among priority populations, including youth at higher risk.

 

Sandi Jagger

Co-ordinator, Phoenix House, Halifax, NS

 

Rob Shea

Vice-President Student Services, Memorial University

Zack Marshall

Zack Marshall is a community-based researcher, social worker, and doctoral student in Community Health at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His work is focused on community health and marginalized populations with an emphasis on HIV, ethics, and inclusion. Zack's most recent work highlights the experience of LGBTQ youth labelled with intellectual disabilities and his co-authored paper, entitled “Seeking safer sexual spaces: Queer and trans young people labelled with intellectual disabilities and the paradoxical risks of restriction,” appears in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Homosexuality. With a particular interest in both youth engagement, and the links between policy and social change, he is an active member of the Our Youth Our Response Community Advisory Group.