Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger - Co-chair
Stéphanie is a corporate lawyer and consultant on HIV and the law. She has worked on HIV and human rights for over ten years, both as an employee and consultant for various Canadian and international NGOs. Among her accomplishments, she is proud of having contributed to the development of the first governmental policy on HIV and human rights in Morocco and to have worked alongside Canadian sex workers to defend their human rights. Stéphanie first became a member of Realize’s Episodic Disability Network (EDN) in 2008 and has also served on Realize’s Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee. She is currently one of Realize’s co-chairs, and also chairs the governance committee.
Paul Curwin - Co-chair
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 Realize Board of Directors, including serving as treasurer, from 2009 until 2012. Paul rejoined Realize‘s Board of Directors in 2015 and is excited to be serving as co-chair as of June 2018.
Emerald Gibson - Treasurer
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
Shaun Proulx - Board member
Shaun Proulx is a Toronto-based media personality, speaker and coach whose current endeavours include hosting the weekly talk show The Shaun Proulx Show, heard weekends across North America on SiriusXM, and publishing Canada’s longest-running LGBT digital platform, TheGayGuideNetwork.com. He has reported the subjects of HIV and AIDS throughout his career, and volunteered for the cause for a variety of ASOs over the years. He co-produced the award-winning documentary: DecAIDS: Anything Is Possible which chronicled the making of the 20th anniversary of Fashion Cares. He loves his dog Ella with all his heart. More: shaunproulx.ca
Gayle Restall - Secretary
Gayle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba who lives and works on Treaty 1 territory. She is a registered occupational therapist and has a PhD in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba. Gayle is a teacher, mentor and researcher. Her research work in HIV has focused on community-based approaches to exploring rehabilitation service delivery options, HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and interventions to live well long-term with HIV. Gayle currently sits on the Board of Directors of Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg. She previously served on Realize’s Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee.
Nicole Salmon - Board Member
Nicole is a listener, learner and leader as well as a skilled presenter and communicator. Her work style is collaborative, she values family and community and continually works to ensure her interactions are guided by a social justice and equity lens, respect, integrity, openness and trust.
Nicole brings over twenty-five years of direct fundraising experience during which time she effectively managed a number of fundraising programs including Annual, Leadership, Corporate, Employee and Monthly Giving programs. In 2014 she founded Boundless Philanthropy, a consultancy specializing in providing charitable organizations with transitional (interim) senior leadership support; fund development strategizing, planning and execution; creating enabled, healthy and effective operational environment; and coaching and mentoring staff.
Prior to founding Boundless Philanthropy, Nicole was the Director of Fund Development at Oxfam Canada. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the National Fund Development Department, she was a member of the organization’s senior management team.
A self-described sports consumer and enthusiast, she possesses an inquisitive mind always searching to challenge and expand her perspectives and experiences. Currently, she is a member of the board of Wellfort, a local community health centre operating in Peel Region.
Dave Skitch - Board member
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. 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.
Chris Sulway - Board member
Chris is the VP, Quality, Performance & Accountability, 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. At St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) Chris 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 15 years, has chaired the Research, Education and Practice Advisory Committee to the Board and currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.