Supporters and governance

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Ronnie Grigg

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Ronnie has been a longtime frontline harm reduction worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside mainly focussed on supervised consumption sites. He has had the opportunity to work, train, consult and support with harm reduction organizations in a number of places in Canada, USA, and Mexico, primarily at the pioneering supervised consumption sites Insite and Vancouver Overdose Prevention Site.

Email Ronnie at: ronniegrigg[@]

Jacob Stubbs

Secretary and Director

Jacob is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia and a former harm reduction volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Society. His doctoral work looks at how the health of homeless and precariously housed individuals is affected by traumatic brain injury. 

Email Jacob at: stubbs.jacobliam[@]

Timothy Grigg


Tim, MDiv, MBA, is a small business owner, entrepreneur, helper, mentor, motivator with 30+ yrs charitable and non-profit board experience. 

Email Timothy at: tgrigg09[@]

Jenna van Draanen


Dr. van Draanen is a researcher, evaluator, and public health advocate who is currently leading research on the connections between sources of income, material security, and health outcomes for people who use drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Email Jenna at: jennavandraanen[@]

Melanie Begalka


Melanie is a lawyer practicing criminal defence, child protection and prison law. Prior to law school she spent years working in frontline harm reduction services in the Downtown Eastside. She lives and practices on unceded Coast Salish Territories. 

Email Melanie at: melanie.begalka[@]