Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger - Co-chair
Called to the Quebec Bar in 2007, Stéphanie hold a bachelor’s degree in civil law and common law, as well as a minor in Women Studies, from McGill University. While she originally started her career as a corporate lawyer, she has now been engaged in the HIV sector for eight years, including as a human rights program manager for COCQ-SIDA in Montreal and a senior policy analyst for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto. She has also acted as a consultant on issues relating to HIV and the law for various Canadian and international organizations, such as the government of Morocco and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Stéphanie first became a member of CWGHR’s Episodic Disability Network (EDN) in 2008 while she was leading COCQ-SIDA’s initiatives to facilitate access to work for people living with episodic disabilities. Prior to joining the realize board, Stéphanie also served on its Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee (REPAC). She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she is working as a consultant and enjoying the great outdoors.
Dave Skitch - Co-chair
Dave was born, raised, and currently lives in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Dave has a background in rehabilitation consulting, computer systems management, and accounting, and has worked for small business, corporate, government, and not-for-profit organizations. He has been involved in election administration since the 1970’s, which has included work as a Federal Returning Officer, international missions, and work on accessibility. He is currently an Assistant Returning Officer in an electoral district in Toronto. Following his HIV diagnosis in 2005, Dave became involved with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), The Toronto People With AIDS Committee (PWA), and realize (formerly CWGHR). He is currently a board member of realize and Secretary for his condominium corporation board. Dave currently enjoys working as the Peer Coordinator at the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and being a speaker and community representative for PWA.
Alan Casey - Board member
Alan is a physiatrist in Winnipeg and teaches in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation section of the Department of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has been involved with realize since 2004 as the representative of the Canadian of Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) and has been active in a number of realize initiatives. Alan sits on realize’s Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee (REPAC). He is also involved in realize’s update of rehabilitation practice guidelines for HIV and interprofessional course on rehabilitation in the context of HIV.
Paul Curwin - Board member
Paul is a certified group fitness instructor living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but is originally from New Brunswick. Paul was involved with BCPWA (Vancouver) and ACCM (Montreal) and was on the board of directors for SIDA/AIDS Moncton.
Paul first became involved with realize in 2006 through the work of the Episodic Disabilities Network. He was heavily involved in realize’s development of a network devoted to work issues important to HIV+ people, a network that ultimately became the Episodic Disabilities Employment Network (EDEN) social networking website.
Paul was a member of the CWGHR Board of Directors, including serving as treasurer, from 2009 until 2012. Paul looks forward to again being part of an organization that helps make the lives, and quality of life, better for PHAs in Canada.
Emerald Gibson - Board member
Emerald (Ezzie) is a native of the Maritimes – resident of New Brunswick, raised in Nova Scotia. He has been involved with many HIV/AIDS organizations over the years, including as Past Chair of The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), as the Past Canadian Co-Chair and Atlantic Regional Board Member of Global Network of Person Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNPNA+) and with Board and Executive of AIDS New Brunswick, and Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC), among others. With these organizations, Emerald has served on various internal committees and working groups to assist in management and setting policy, as a Board member, Chair, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Emerald is also trained in Computerized Business Management – Accounting.
Emerald has been a member of realize since 2012, contributing to both Forums and Think Tanks
Carrielynn Lund - Board member
Mrs. Lund is a Métis consultant from Gift Lake, one of Alberta’s eight Métis settlements. She possesses a degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her primary focus is on assisting Aboriginal communities to identify and address health and social issues that have a negative impact on children and their families. She has done extensive work in the area of heath research ethics, much of which is focused on Aboriginal protocols around community ethical guidelines, intellectual property rights, ownership of data and knowledge translation. An Aboriginal person with disabilities, she also works with governments, businesses, and educational institutions to identify and remove barriers that prevent or discourage persons with disabilities from full participation in community. Her extensive committee work includes service on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, the Provincial Human Rights Multicultural Education Fund Advisory Committee, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (Treasurer) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research Ethics Standing Committee. Her work includes policy development and program design for government and provincial organizations as well as presentations and workshops around health ethics that includes creating respectful partnerships for research with Aboriginal peoples. She is currently working with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network coordinating the project “Family Matters” that focuses on identifying supports for families living with and affected by HIV.
Richard MacLachlan - Board member
Richard is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine of Dalhousie University and was Head of that Department from 1995-2005. Richard represented the College of Family Physicians of Canada on the Expert Advisory Panel on HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing of the Public Health Agency of Canada and has been a member of the First Nations Addictions Advisory Panel of First Nations and Inuit Health, Health Canada. Richard chaired the Drug Utilization Evaluation Advisory Committee of Non Insured Health Benefits, Health Canada from 2003-2007. Richard has been a member of realize since 2005, representing the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has been extensively involved in a number of activities in West Africa, namely The Gambia and Sierra Leone from 1998-2011, including organizing sessions on Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV/AIDS Richard is also extensively involved in Aboriginal Health both in Atlantic Canada and on a national basis.
Gayle Restall - Board member
Gayle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She holds a BMR and MSc in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Community Health Sciences, all from the University of Manitoba, where she has been on faculty since 1999. Gayle has an extensive portfolio of research and publications. Her research work in HIV has focused on exploring service delivery options for rehabilitation and in developing research priorities in this area of enquiry. Gayle currently sits on the Board of Directors of Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg and has been a Member of realize’s Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee since 2013.
Chris Sulway - Board member
Chris is a Senior Consultant, Performance Management, at the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. He is a Registered Physiotherapist and holds a MHSc in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto. Chris has practiced extensively in HIV care and for two years was the only physiotherapist in Canada working full time in the area of HIV Rehabilitation. Chris has been involved as a volunteer with realize for over 10 years and currently Chairs the Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee to the Board and sits as a member of the Access to Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. Chris currently also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Applegrove Community Complex in Toronto.