Staff & Program Participants
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.
Christian is a cisgender, queer, Asian immigrant settler, residing in the Dish with One Spoon Territory/Toronto. He has experiences with substance use, injection drug use, hepatitis C and is living with HIV. A registered social worker, community mobilizer and trainer, he has 15 years of professional and volunteer experience educating and supporting diverse communities in the areas of HIV, sexual health and harm reduction. His first role as a peer educator was with the Ontario HIV Substance Use Training Program (OHSUTP), the predecessor to OHRN.
In 2014, he was invited to speak at the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program conference – Crystal Methamphetamine: what service providers need to know. His articles on substance use, chemsex, mental health, relationships and HIV have been featured on the OurAgenda.ca website, developed by the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance.
Christian is a co-founder of two networks of people living with HIV – Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) and Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), and a community investigator at the Canadian HIV National Observational Cohort (CANOC) Research Collaborative. He has served as a civil society representative for the Canadian Delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2016. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Ryerson University.
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 Social Sciences at Dawson College in Montreal, QC. An advocate for peer support programs, Kim has been both a peer support worker and volunteer within queer and trans agencies, 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.
OHRN endeavours to include people who use drugs in all aspects of our work. This includes consulting on development of resources and in the delivery of training and educational sessions. We will list people involved with our work here as we formalize our relationships with them.