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 Executive Director oversees program development, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Executive Director fosters stakeholder community, funder and media relationships on behalf of Blood Ties, works closely with the board of directors, staff and volunteers to ensure Blood Ties is fulfilling it’s mission.

Health Education Coordinator
Brontë Renwick-Shields


The Health Education Coordinator is responsible for the design and delivery of health promotion programming to Whitehorse communities. The Health Educator delivers prevention and health promotion services; develops and hosts special events; leads and coordinates volunteers; and develops programs to increase individual capacity to prevent sexually transmitted and blood borne infections 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 using the services of Blood Ties. 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
Esther Armstrong

The Rural Partnership Coordinator coordinates and delivers health prevention education and capacity building and engagement programs to Rural Yukon Indigenous Communities. The Rural Partnership Coordinator also provides supports to individuals and families impacted by sexually transmitted and blood borne infections in rural communities; works with health and social service providers in rural communities to develop and build capacity to respond to sexually transmitted and blood borne infections.

Housing Navigator
Dana Hart

The Housing Navigator provides advocacy and support to individual clients of the agency in finding and maintaining safe affordable housing. The Housing Navigator provides case management support to clients in our supported housing programs: the Steve Cardiff House and the Landlords Working to End Homelessness program. The Housing Navigator 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 upcoming job opportunities.