Nick has 20 years of experience working in harm reduction. After completing a B.Sc. in Neuropsychology from Dalhousie University he became a trained volunteer with the TRIP! Project – providing safer sex and safer drug use information and supplies to people in Toronto’s rave and nightclub scenes. Subsequently, he worked with the AIDS Committee of Toronto, as the Gay Men’s Harm Reduction Coordinator and was actively involved with the Toronto Gay / Bisexual Men’s Crystal Meth Task Force. For the past several years with OHRN (formerly OHSUTP) he has been very privileged to have travelled the province facilitating education and training with multiple types of service providers. He has experience with program funding and development, online and in-person education and training, capacity building and policy development. He has been involved with various project, working groups and committees over the years including a member of the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Opioid Emergency Task Force, a Board Member with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario a member of the Research Group on Drug Use – Toronto (a CCENDU site), and past Chair of the community grant review panel for the City of Toronto’s ‘Drug Prevention Community Investment Program’. In the summer and fall of 2017, he was also actively involved as a lead volunteer organizer of an unsanctioned Overdose Prevention Site in Moss Park Toronto.
Francisco CC Sapp
Francisco has worked in the HIV and Harm Reduction field for over 15 years. He started out in his career working with youth and creating workshops around leadership, advocacy, and anti-oppression. He quickly moved into the field of HIV, formerly running a peer education program around HIV prevention, substance use, and harm reduction. He has experience as a Capacity Building Specialist partnering with Indigenous communities to help them run their own HIV prevention campaigns and educational events. His portfolio also includes experience speaking about sexuality, gender identity, active listening, sex education, and equity. He has worked as a consultant to non-profits, has been featured as a plenary speaker at conferences across the province, is an excellent baker, and brings his humour and life experiences with him to every training he facilitates.
Kim has 15 years of experience working and volunteering in program coordination, community-based support, and outreach capacities across Canada. Kim received training with the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor Advocate Program at George Brown College in Toronto, ON, and North-South Studies at Dawson College in Montreal, QC. An advocate for peer support programs, Kim has been both a peer support worker and volunteer, and has also trained peer support volunteers in active listening techniques, sexuality and gender identity, sexual health, anti-racist/anti-oppressive frameworks, saneism, and ableism. Kim started at the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans (LGBT) Youth Line as a volunteer and was then later employed as a supervisor, a community engagement worker, and as Interim Service Coordinator.
As an outreach worker, Kim ran and coordinated free after school and summer programming for children and youth in the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park (KGO) and Agincourt neighbourhoods. Kim is a mature student studying part-time towards a Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University. As part of a work-study position at Ryerson, Kim supported research and campaign efforts related to implementing Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs (PNSPs) in Canada.