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Francis’s career spanned over 37 years working for Cyanamid/Cytec Canada Inc. She held various positions in Finance and Human Resources before leaving in 2011 as Manager of Human Resources.
Francis is currently the Executive Director at the Welland McMaster Family Health Team and has been on the Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors for Women’s Place of South Niagara (WPSN) for 6 years. She is also a member of “100 Women Who Care Niagara”.
Glen is a social worker by training with over 25 years of experience in community clinical service within the developmental services sector. He established specialized clinical services in South Western Ontario and assisted in the development of the Community Networks of Specialized Care.
He has also worked for the Ministry of Community and Socials Services in the Developmental Services Branch and at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Senior Policy Analyst. Glen has been in private practice lecturing on the treatment of individuals with a dual diagnosis and positive behavioural interventions. He was formerly on the faculty at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the developmental services program.
Glen has been the Executive Director of Positive Living since 2011. In this capacity, he has been involved in several community based research projects which explore the impacts of support on individuals with HIV.
Judy has been working at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (FNFC) as Health Outreach for almost 20 years. She provides services incorporating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each individual. She focuses on access to primary health, healing services, and prevention programs which are culturally appropriate as well as competent.
Judy has worked closely with staff from Positive Living through committee work and co-programming. In return, Positive Living has supplied FNFC with resource materials and supplies. Judy currently sits on the LHINS network committee for the Niagara Region.
Kate is currently the Public Engagement and Membership Officer with the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), a national HIV organization that works to ensure that the lessons learned from the global response to HIV/AIDS are utilized by Canadian organizations to improve prevention, care, treatment and support work in Canada. In her role at ICAD, Kate manages communications with ICAD’s members, maintains its online presence and is involved in a number of HIV-related projects both nationally and internationally. Kate is a single mom of two small children, a proud member of the LGBT community and an avid cyclist.
Dr. Matthew Woods (PhD) has always been interested in the battle between the human immune system and foreign microorganisms. His passion led him from his home in Niagara to Western University in London Ontario, where his interest for HIV and the immune system began. In 2009, he graduated with an Honours Specialization of Microbiology and Immunology and completed a thesis on HIV infection. Matthew continued his passion for HIV research and completed his PhD studying alternative treatment strategies against HIV infection. His work has been recognized nationally and internationally with prestigious research awards. Currently, Dr. Woods is conducting research at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he hopes to help prevent the spread of HIV, as well as improve the lives of people living with the disease. Dr. Woods’ dedication for combating HIV/AIDS has motivated him to spread awareness and information about the disease and to help improve the livelihood of people in the HIV/AIDS community.
Ray has an understanding of the Ontario LHIN system and End of Life/Palliative Care Network. Ray has extensive experience in providing presentations and organizational training, with board membership experience on both local and national levels.
Ray brings over 40 years of healthcare experience to Positive Living as a Director and Researcher with paramedical expertise in infectious diseases (HIV, HCV, HBV, and HLTV). Ray is dedicated to developing partnerships and working with various stakeholders, consumer groups, patients, and their families.
Tim is a resident of St. Catharines who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie ON. Tim has been employed with RBC for 10 years and is a single parent of one son who is currently attending University. When Tim resided in Los Angeles CA working for Washington Mutual Bank he became involved in the community helping men living with HIV/AIDS. This included home care, hospital visits and companionship activities. Tim is currently involved within the RBC Aboriginal community as a mentor/leader of our Employee Resource Group and is actively involved in United Way’s Backpack Program and Allocations Committee.
Tsitsi is a new Canadian originally from Southern Africa where HIV is a pandemic. She has experienced the effects of the virus through family, friends and the community. She has Diplomas both in Computing and Personal Support Work and for the past ten years she has utilized the knowledge from her Personal Support Work Diploma. Tsitsi has worked both in the United Kingdom and Canada as a community worker and at retirement residence. Her passion would be to see more education and more talk about HIV amongst local medical service providers without the stigma.
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