KDO was a coalition of organisations and individuals promoting harm reduction policies and reducing stigma for people who use drugs. As project director, I organised public education dialogues and introduced new innovations from other jurisdictions.
INSITE: NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST SUPERVISED INJECTION SITE
A long-time supporter of INSITE, I was an outspoken community speaker on behalf of the campaign to keep the facility open, eventually resulting in INSITE being sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2011.
I brought SafeGames2010 to the Vancouver Winter Olympics to introduce harm reduction into the mainstream. Teams of over 200 outreach workers and ‘superheroes’ distributed SafeKits with tips on safe sex and other practical information.
CANADIAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE: DIREXION PROGRAM
As a regional coordinator, I design comprehensive week-long programs for Direxion Program participants. Public service managers from across Canada attended learning tours of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to better understand this community in transition.
INTERNATIONAL HARM REDUCTION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS)
With the Open Society Foundation and CIDA, I designed tours for policy makers, healthcare providers, enforcement officials and NGO’s from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine who came to learn from Vancouver’s expertise in harm reduction.
I have worked with a broad spectrum of people to help them discover their passion, and who they are in the world. Manifesting their essence has contributed to their personal well being, their relationships, families and communities.
- BC Homeschoolers
Canadian School of Public Service Direxion
Canadian Women Voters Congress
City of Vancouver
- Concordia University HIV/AIDS Lecture Series
Correctional Services of Canada
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement
Fraser Delta Area Girl Guides
Justice Institute of BC
Insite for Community Safety
- Keeping the Door Open: Dialogues on Drug Use
Pacific AIDS Network
Portland Hotel Society
Open Society Foundations
Vital Health - Self Renewal Strategies For Lifelong Health
Whistler on the Lake