Gerard is one of the founding members of the Newfoundland & Labrador AIDS Association which later became the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland & Labrador and served the organization as the PHA Support Coordinator as well as the Executive Director for 10 years.
Gerard worked as program manager with Health Canada’s AIDS Community Action Program and the Manager of National Programs with the Canadian AIDS Society. Gerard has served on provincial, regional and national Boards of Directors including CATIE, CTAC, CWGHR, and CAS. Gerard worked as a Senior Policy Analyst on Health Canada’s Palliative Care Strategy for the past seven years and in January 2012 returned to Newfoundland to serve as Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Tommy Sexton Centre.
HIV Program Support Coordinator
Hailing from the Burin Peninsula, Adam moved into St. John's in 2004, working in various jobs around the city while continuing his education. Adam began working for the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013 and has been involved in multiple projects/initiatives including, but not limited to: the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, Taste for Life, Café Scientifique, and the CAHR Conference 2014.
As the technical lead for the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador, Adam performs multiple roles within the organization. This includes but is not limited to: website development, hardware/software purchasing, giving technical advice on contract negotiations, network administration, digital media creation, general maintenance and troubleshooting.
He is also heavily involved in the development of a province wide peer support project which aims to connect people living with HIV in rural communities with support and/or services from their peers and AIDS Service Organizations. It is his hope that this project will be used as an example to be replicated nationwide as he believes the first step in helping someone is creating ease of access within a comfortable environment.
Harm Reduction Manager - St. John's
Tree grew up in downtown St. John’s and has been involved in the Trade Union, Women’s, Social Justice and LGBTTIQ movements since the mid-1970s. In the 1990s, Tree went to work at Street Haven, her work in the Addiction Case Management program there taught her that harm reduction approaches really work in reaching people.
In 2004 Tree joined the staff at the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL). Soon after, the OxyContin Task Force recommended that ACNL establish a formal needle exchange in St. John’s. The Safe Works Access Program (SWAP) soon had a number of satellite locations in the city and a mobile unit on the streets.
Today Tree still works at SWAP and avidly promotes harm reduction throughout the Province. She is a member the Steering Committee of the Community Coalition for Mental Health; working to improve Mental Health and Addiction services for all residents.
Harm Reduction Manager - Corner Brook
Jessica was raised on the west coast of Newfoundland and is now responsible for coordinating and promoting the needle exchange program throughout the region. In 2012, she graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in English. For the next three years, she worked as the Housing Coordinator with the Corner Brook Status of Women Council providing a supportive housing service to women with complex needs. In her time within this role, she worked to research and implement harm reduction policies that guaranteed equal rights for all residents to a non-judgmental and safe living environment void of the restrictive criteria so often associated with shelter usage.
Familiar with creating partnerships and awareness-raising campaigns, Jessica hopes to create a framework for fostering a community sense of wellness through education, outreach and support. In addition to running the needle exchange program, she also plans to promote the benefits of practicing harm reduction through her involvement with various committees such as the Methadone Maintenance Committee, Community Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, Western Regional Coalition to End Violence, etc. and to become involved in the facilitation of peer support groups for individuals living with addictions.
Shelter Services Coordinator
Abigail Sheppard is responsible for the overall coordination and operation of services for the Tommy Sexton Centre Shelter, and acts a homelessness and housing representative for ACNL within the community with groups such as End Homelessness St. John’s (EHSJ).
A registered social worker, she completed her BSW as well as a BA in English (Honours) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and joined the ACNL team as a Residential Counsellor in 2014. With particular concentration on intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, and improving mental health and addictions services, she is passionate about community development and capacity-building in working to end homelessness.
HIV Services Provincial Coordinator
Angelina Butt is responsible for ACNL’s community education and prevention programs. She aims to develop, coordinate and evaluate education and direct support programs to create supportive social environments for people living with and at risk of contracting HIV/HCV. Angelina provides counselling services to assist people with HIV/HCV to reduce symptoms of distress, increase independent functioning and well-being, and to gain access to and retain health care and support services. Angelina directly provides supportive services and case management for ACNL supportive housing program and conducts assessments for the PHA Emergency Fund.
Angelina is a registered social worker with the Newfoundland Association of Social Workers and completed her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Certificate of Criminology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Angelina has experience working with mental health, addictions, child protection, and housing. She joined the ACNL team in 2014 as a Residential Counsellor. Angelina is active within the community and is involved with several groups such as Voices for Choice and The Hearing Voices Network.