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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

    President, pro tem
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    Cheryl Arneson

    President, pro tem
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  • Debbie Rodger

    RN
    Treasurer
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    Debbie Rodger

    RN
    Treasurer
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    I am currently the HIV Strategy Nurse Consultant with the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative. I have been part of the team that cares for the HIV positive population of Southern Saskatchewan for over 15 years.

    I am passionate about the work I do and advocate for the my clients on a daily basis. I was privileged to travel to Guyana, South America several times and mentor their health professionals in HIV care. Currently I volunteer weekly at SEARCH – a student run clinic/drop inn centre as a nurse mentor.

     

  • 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.

Cheryl Arneson

President, pro tem

Debbie Rodger

Debbie Rodger - CANAC
RN
Treasurer

I am currently the HIV Strategy Nurse Consultant with the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative. I have been part of the team that cares for the HIV positive population of Southern Saskatchewan for over 15 years.

I am passionate about the work I do and advocate for the my clients on a daily basis. I was privileged to travel to Guyana, South America several times and mentor their health professionals in HIV care. Currently I volunteer weekly at SEARCH – a student run clinic/drop inn centre as a nurse mentor.

 

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.

Regional Representatives

  • Andree Bamforth

    MSN, BSN, RN
    Pacific
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    Andree Bamforth

    MSN, BSN, RN
    Pacific
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    From the beginning of my nursing career my priority is to provide best patient centered care. I completed my Nursing Diploma in Montreal in 1967 and worked as an RN for many years at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care unit (CSICU). I moved to Vancouver in 1977 and continued to do critical care as well as home care nursing.

    Soon I became a nurse caring for persons with HIV. Starting from my first home care visit to a person with HIV I immediately felt the pain of the person who waited for me to be covered from head to toe, knowing there would be no direct human contact of a caring person at their side,

    As I worked on and completed my Master of Science in Nursing at UBC, I began teaching and currently teach at the Langara College in the Nursing program at the Bachelor level. Throughout my teaching career, my passion has been in teaching clinical practice, mostly at Saint Paul’s hospital on the HIV/AIDS unit. As soon as I learned of my clinical placement in HIV I also learned of the up-coming CANAC conference in Vancouver later that month, April 2007. I immediately got a membership to the CANAC organization and registered for the conference to prepare for my clinical placement. I am so very grateful that I joined CANAC at that time, I was able to up-date my knowledge about the illness and the specific health needs of the multifaceted population that I, along with students, would build on through clinical practice in the acute setting. To this day I remained a committed member of the CANAC organization.

    Nursing practice on the HIV/AIDS unit requires honest, attentive, kind, open-minded attitudes to care. The ongoing and continually changing diagnostics and treatment modalities necessitate dedication to learning and a commitment to the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual care needs of this population of people. All aspects of HIV/AIDS care involve direct care, health promotion / education, disease prevention, harm reduction and palliative care. Practitioners must connect with, observe and listen to the person to establish trusting relationships. My goal is, through trusting relationships, to encourage receptivity, inspire all to adhere to needed treatment, to adopt healthy lifestyle for a deserved quality and length of life.

  • Susanne Nicolay

    RN BScN ACRN
    Prairies and North
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    Susanne Nicolay

    RN BScN ACRN
    Prairies and North
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    Susanne Nasewich, is a Registered Nurse with significant experience in varied settings, working with people living with HIV/AIDS.  She holds certification (AIDS Certified Registered Nurse) through the American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

    Susanne’s present role is as the HIV Coordinator in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.  She is a Board member with both the Saskatchewan HIV/HCV Professional Practice Group and CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) and is a long-time member of CANAC (Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care).  She has also been involved at the provincial level as a member of the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative.

     

    Susanne is passionate about inclusion of GIPA/MIPA, about providing culturally safe care for people living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV and in supporting health care providers to be able to provide care to all vulnerable populations.

     

  • Jeff Reinhart

    RN BSN
    Ontario
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    Jeff Reinhart

    RN BSN
    Ontario
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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.

  • Donna Bulman

    RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
    Atlantic
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    Donna Bulman

    RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
    Atlantic
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Andree Bamforth

MSN, BSN, RN
Pacific

From the beginning of my nursing career my priority is to provide best patient centered care. I completed my Nursing Diploma in Montreal in 1967 and worked as an RN for many years at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care unit (CSICU). I moved to Vancouver in 1977 and continued to do critical care as well as home care nursing.

Soon I became a nurse caring for persons with HIV. Starting from my first home care visit to a person with HIV I immediately felt the pain of the person who waited for me to be covered from head to toe, knowing there would be no direct human contact of a caring person at their side,

As I worked on and completed my Master of Science in Nursing at UBC, I began teaching and currently teach at the Langara College in the Nursing program at the Bachelor level. Throughout my teaching career, my passion has been in teaching clinical practice, mostly at Saint Paul’s hospital on the HIV/AIDS unit. As soon as I learned of my clinical placement in HIV I also learned of the up-coming CANAC conference in Vancouver later that month, April 2007. I immediately got a membership to the CANAC organization and registered for the conference to prepare for my clinical placement. I am so very grateful that I joined CANAC at that time, I was able to up-date my knowledge about the illness and the specific health needs of the multifaceted population that I, along with students, would build on through clinical practice in the acute setting. To this day I remained a committed member of the CANAC organization.

Nursing practice on the HIV/AIDS unit requires honest, attentive, kind, open-minded attitudes to care. The ongoing and continually changing diagnostics and treatment modalities necessitate dedication to learning and a commitment to the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual care needs of this population of people. All aspects of HIV/AIDS care involve direct care, health promotion / education, disease prevention, harm reduction and palliative care. Practitioners must connect with, observe and listen to the person to establish trusting relationships. My goal is, through trusting relationships, to encourage receptivity, inspire all to adhere to needed treatment, to adopt healthy lifestyle for a deserved quality and length of life.

Susanne Nicolay

RN BScN ACRN
Prairies and North

Susanne Nasewich, is a Registered Nurse with significant experience in varied settings, working with people living with HIV/AIDS.  She holds certification (AIDS Certified Registered Nurse) through the American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Susanne’s present role is as the HIV Coordinator in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.  She is a Board member with both the Saskatchewan HIV/HCV Professional Practice Group and CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) and is a long-time member of CANAC (Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care).  She has also been involved at the provincial level as a member of the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative.

 

Susanne is passionate about inclusion of GIPA/MIPA, about providing culturally safe care for people living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV and in supporting health care providers to be able to provide care to all vulnerable populations.

 

Jeff Reinhart

RN BSN
Ontario

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.

Donna Bulman

RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
Atlantic