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. 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 - Treasurer
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 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
Gayle Restall - Secretary
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.
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.
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.