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Governance

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of nine directors. The Executive Committee is composed of: President, President-elect (or Past-President), Treasurer, and Secretary. The five Regional Representatives (elected by members from the nominee’s region) are: Atlantic; Quebec; Ontario; Prairies & North and Pacific.

The term of office for each Board member is two years, with the exception of the President. The President (chosen as “President-elect”) spends one year as President-elect, two years as President and one year as Past-President. All terms begin on November 1st in the year elected to office.

Expert Advisors

Expert Advisors are focused on specific CANAC activities and are seconded on fixed terms which are regularly reviewed by the Board.   They attend Board meetings at the invitation of the Board and do not vote on Board matters.

Executive

  • Cheryl Arneson

    RN, BScN (Hons)
    Past President
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    Cheryl Arneson

    RN, BScN (Hons)
    Past President
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    Cheryl Arneson is one of the Founding Board Directors of CANAC and has done a number of terms on the Board since inception.  She has been working in the area of HIV/AIDS for over 30 years, in Toronto and internationally, throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Ukraine and Russia.  She has had varied roles of clinician, educator, mentor and researcher.

    After many years working abroad, Cheryl returned to Toronto to take on a research role with the HIV Program at Sick Kids Hospital, to rejoin a team she has worked with for over 30 years and a clinic she helped create in 1988.

  • Vera Caine

    PhD, RN
    President
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    Vera Caine

    PhD, RN
    President
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    Vera is currently a Professor and CIHR New Investigator in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and engages in community based research that is focused on the relationship between the social determinants of health and people living with HIV. A commitment to promote health equity and social justice is at the heart of Vera’s work; particularly to advance health equity for people whose lives are affected by HIV, poverty, social exclusion, and discrimination. Vera works very closely with community agencies to this end.

  • Kelly Muhsin

    RN, BScN, B.A.
    Secretary
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    Kelly Muhsin

    RN, BScN, B.A.
    Secretary
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    Kelly is a registered nurse at the Infectious Diseases Care Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario. With a strong interest and passion for those infected with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C she strives to meet people where they are at in the community. This includes going to the local provincial and providing care for those infected with HIV & Hepatitis C. She is continuing to work with community partners to expand outreach of the clinic and reduce barriers to care for all populations.
  • Jeff Reinhart

    RN, BScN, BA
    Treasurer
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    Jeff Reinhart

    RN, BScN, BA
    Treasurer
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    Jeff Reinhart works as a registered nurse in the LGBT Primary Care program at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. There, the majority of his clients are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other queer-identified people, and he provides nursing care to Sherbourne’s HIV Clinic–a low barrier, drop-in-based primary care clinic for people living with HIV. Currently, he is collaborating with community members from across Canada on issues of PrEP access and delivery, including research, community mobilization, advocacy and clinical care.

    He developed his passion for HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction while working as an educator and program manager at CATIE, where he met many of the nurses involved in CANAC who provided inspiration to become a nurse himself. He graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2013 and CANAC awarded him the Barney Hickey Newcomer of the Year Award shortly after that in 2015.

Cheryl Arneson

RN, BScN (Hons)
Past President

Cheryl Arneson is one of the Founding Board Directors of CANAC and has done a number of terms on the Board since inception.  She has been working in the area of HIV/AIDS for over 30 years, in Toronto and internationally, throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Ukraine and Russia.  She has had varied roles of clinician, educator, mentor and researcher.

After many years working abroad, Cheryl returned to Toronto to take on a research role with the HIV Program at Sick Kids Hospital, to rejoin a team she has worked with for over 30 years and a clinic she helped create in 1988.

Vera Caine

PhD, RN
President

Vera is currently a Professor and CIHR New Investigator in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and engages in community based research that is focused on the relationship between the social determinants of health and people living with HIV. A commitment to promote health equity and social justice is at the heart of Vera’s work; particularly to advance health equity for people whose lives are affected by HIV, poverty, social exclusion, and discrimination. Vera works very closely with community agencies to this end.

Kelly Muhsin

RN, BScN, B.A.
Secretary
Kelly is a registered nurse at the Infectious Diseases Care Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario. With a strong interest and passion for those infected with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C she strives to meet people where they are at in the community. This includes going to the local provincial and providing care for those infected with HIV & Hepatitis C. She is continuing to work with community partners to expand outreach of the clinic and reduce barriers to care for all populations.

Jeff Reinhart

RN, BScN, BA
Treasurer

Jeff Reinhart works as a registered nurse in the LGBT Primary Care program at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. There, the majority of his clients are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other queer-identified people, and he provides nursing care to Sherbourne’s HIV Clinic–a low barrier, drop-in-based primary care clinic for people living with HIV. Currently, he is collaborating with community members from across Canada on issues of PrEP access and delivery, including research, community mobilization, advocacy and clinical care.

He developed his passion for HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction while working as an educator and program manager at CATIE, where he met many of the nurses involved in CANAC who provided inspiration to become a nurse himself. He graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2013 and CANAC awarded him the Barney Hickey Newcomer of the Year Award shortly after that in 2015.

Regional Representatives

  • Serena Eagland

    BSN, RN (C)
    Pacific
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    Serena Eagland

    BSN, RN (C)
    Pacific
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    Serena works at the Regional Primary Care Educator for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Urban Community Health Centers. She supports the education needs of staff working with clients living with HIV, Hepatitis C, substance use disorders, and other chronic health challenges.

    Serena started her career working at Crosstown Clinic, North America’s first injectable opioid treatment clinic before transitioning into primary care and outreach nursing roles for people living with HIV. Serena is a harm reduction advocate and works passionately to help reduce stigma for those living with HIV through education and facilitation of storytelling. Serena received CANAC’s Barney Hickey Newcomer of the year award in 2016 and has presented on her work at three CANAC conferences.

  • Natalie Meade

    RN, BScN
    Ontario
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    Natalie Meade

    RN, BScN
    Ontario
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    Natalie is a public health nurse at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, working on the community outreach team. Her primary role is to seek and find clients and link them to treatment. She also works in the first provincially approved temporary overdose site. She has a passion for harm reduction and helping vulnerable clients overcome barriers in the health care and social service sectors. She is currently looking at ways to expand her outreach work and offer more services to marginalized clients.

  • Kim Dersken

    Prairies and North
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    Kim Dersken

    Prairies and North
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Serena Eagland

BSN, RN (C)
Pacific

Serena works at the Regional Primary Care Educator for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Urban Community Health Centers. She supports the education needs of staff working with clients living with HIV, Hepatitis C, substance use disorders, and other chronic health challenges.

Serena started her career working at Crosstown Clinic, North America’s first injectable opioid treatment clinic before transitioning into primary care and outreach nursing roles for people living with HIV. Serena is a harm reduction advocate and works passionately to help reduce stigma for those living with HIV through education and facilitation of storytelling. Serena received CANAC’s Barney Hickey Newcomer of the year award in 2016 and has presented on her work at three CANAC conferences.

Natalie Meade

RN, BScN
Ontario

Natalie is a public health nurse at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, working on the community outreach team. Her primary role is to seek and find clients and link them to treatment. She also works in the first provincially approved temporary overdose site. She has a passion for harm reduction and helping vulnerable clients overcome barriers in the health care and social service sectors. She is currently looking at ways to expand her outreach work and offer more services to marginalized clients.

Kim Dersken

Prairies and North

Atlantic

Governance

CANAC is governed by an elected board of directors consisting of four executive officers and five regional (geographic) representatives (Pacific; Prairies & North; Ontario; Quebec; and the Atlantic Provinces). Board responsibilities and functions are detailed in a comprehensive set of policy and procedures:

The Annual General Meeting is held during the Annual CANAC Conference which traditionally takes place sometime in the spring.

The Board has updated and developed materials to aid in furthering CANAC’s mission.  Currently undergoing final revisions, these include

CANAC is an Associate Nursing Interest Group of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and a charitable organization registered with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. As a result, the governing policies outlined in our Bylaws are consistent with the requirements set out by the CNA and the federal Income Tax Act.