Blood Ties Staff

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Executive Director
Patricia Bacon


The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of Blood Ties, including: programs, financial, and personnel management. The areas of responsibility include overseeing and accountability for program development, planning, implementation, harmonization and evaluation. The Executive Director ensures appropriate community and media relations on behalf of the organization and includes developing and maintaining an appropriate public profile and productive relationships with funding and other service agencies.

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Health Education Coordinator
Sarah Cloutier


The Health Education Coordinator is responsible for the design and delivery of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C health promotion programming to Yukon communities. Health Education includes delivering prevention and health promotion services in Yukon communities; developing and hosting special events; leading and coorinating volunteers; and developing programs to increase individual capacity to prevent HIV and HCV among specific populations.       

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Harm Reduction & Wellness Counsellor
Emily Jones


The Harm Reduction & Wellness Counsellor is responsible for case management for individuals living with or vulnerable to HIV and Hepatitis C. The position is responsible for the design and delivery of support programs including: advocacy, accompaniments, counselling, drug user engagement and poverty reduction. The Harm Reduction & Wellness Counsellor coordinates and manages the Fixed Site Harm Reduction programs at Blood Ties.

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Administrative Assistant
Susan Cornell


The Administrative Assistant is responsible for the general day-to-day operation of the office.  The Administrative Assistant provides reception services, secretarial and bookkeeping services and administrative support to the staff, volunteers and Board of Directors.

Rural Partnership Coordinator
Samantha Hand

The Rural Partnership Coordinator coordinates and delivers HIV and HCV prevention education programs to Rural Yukon Aboriginal Communities. The Rural Partnership Coordinator also provides supports to individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C in rural communities; works with health and social service providers in rural communities to develop and build capacity to respond to HIV and HCV.

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Housing Navigator
Chris Vainio

The Housing Navigator provides advocacy and support to individuals and families impacted by HIV and/or Hepatitis C as well as those highly vulnerable to infection in finding and maintaining safe affordable housing; researches housing options and models; provides case management support to tenants of Steve Cardiff House; and works collaboratively with other community service providers and organizations in addressing homelessness in Whitehorse.

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 Board of Directors (from left to right): Belinda Janssens, Jack VanBogaard, Laura Gohl, Laura Beattie, Ruth McConnell, Dan Bader and Jessica Jobin

Blood Ties is administered through a volunteer Board of Directors. This Board is an administrative Policy Board, operating as a resource and support to staff and volunteers for the provision of client service. The Board: offers strategic direction, supports staff to implement direction, has an administrative or policy focus, has the services of an Executive Director to coordinate service delivery policies, are provided with information on service delivery by the Executive Director, creates their own vision and mission statement, interprets community needs and interests, makes policy decisions and reflects these to the organization they are accountable to (i.e. funders).

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Health Educator Outreach Van
Health Educators are responsible for providing information on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, safer sex and harm reduction programs to clients of the Outreach Van. Health Educators provide harm reduction education and programs, support services such as: referrals, food, lay counselling, education and advocacy to van clients who are Hepatitis C and/or HIV positive, those who are at high risk of transmission such as injection and inhalation drug users, as well as other vulnerable street-involved populations.

Volunteerism at Blood Ties
Blood Ties works with the volunteer community in a number of ways: volunteers help us coordinate and host special events such as our annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, World AIDS Day, and HIV Testing Day. Volunteers also work support our programs by making Hygiene Kits and baking and cooking for our food programs.

Staffing Opportunities
Want to join the team at Blood Ties? Watch this space for future job opportunities.