Category: Community News

Carlene is a former staff member of PAN. Carlene Dingwall is the coordinator of PAN’s Mental Health, Substance Use and HIV/HCV committee. She is currently living in Kelowna (for a couple of more months) before she heads back to the north. She is currently finishing an interdisciplinary PhD focused on intergenerational trauma and healing.  … Read more »

Andrea is a former staff member of PAN. Andrea Langlois was PAN’s Director of Community-Based Research.    What first piqued your interest in HIV research? Previous to working at PAN, I enjoyed a 6 year stint at AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) as their Manager of Communications, Community Relations and Research. While in that role, I… Read more »

Heather is a former staff member of PAN. Heather Picotte is the Positive Living, Positive Homes study coordinator at the Pacific AIDS Network. She recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, where her research focused on the food security of people living with HIV in the Okanagan Valley…. Read more »

5 Questions with CBR Practicum Student Joanna Mendell

Joanna is a former practicum student at PAN. Joanna Mendell is a student at the University of Victoria currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Health and she’s conducting her practicum placement at PAN until April. Although public health has been an interest of hers for many years, up until last year Joanna was… Read more »

Christina is a former staff member of PAN. Christina Bielek is the new Positive Living, Positive Homes Project Coordinator at the Pacific AIDS Network. Prior to taking this position, Christina worked in research and teaching in the areas of sociology, community development, poverty alleviation, gender equity and food security in Canada and Latin America. We asked… Read more »

5 Questions with Researcher Surita Parashar

Surita Parashar helps facilitate “The way I see it,” a community based research project that uses Photovoice methodology to examine the impact of housing on health as seen through the eyes of people living with HIV and AIDS in Vancouver. The project is led by a team of Community Researchers – Randy, Rob, Valerie, Lora,… Read more »

5 Questions with Peer Researcher Valerie Nicholson

Valerie has worked on various projects with PAN. Valerie Nicholson is a grandmother, mother, and proud resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). She is the co-founder of the Harvest Organic Coop, a fruit and veggie coop for people with compromised immune systems, those affected and infected, housed (gratefully!) at AIDS Vancouver. She is also a… Read more »