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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[@]gmail.com
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[@]gmail.com
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[@]gmail.com
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[@]gmail.com
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[@]gmail.com