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2020 Representatives

Ryan Kerr


Ryan Kerr is a community organizer, animator and educator who has worked in the HIV sector for over a decade. His various roles have included filming and editing HIV medical presentations, designing, programming and planning provincial, national and international conferences, and most recently coordinating with International Association of the Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) to align with the Fast Track Cities initiative.

Emcee | Canada Pavilion at AIDS 2020: Virtual

celeste hayward

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Originally from northern British Columbia, Celeste is Bear Clan from the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Over the years Celeste has claimed territory in Vancouver, Montreal, Regina, Toronto, and Calgary. Working with provincial and federal government, non-profit boards, local service delivery agencies, charity organizations, First Nations, Metis communities, colleges, and universities, Celeste has built and shared her skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values to enhance her work and advocacy.

Guy-Henri Godin

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Guy-Henri Godin is 55 y.o. and is completing his 6th year as a CAC member. He reapply for another mandate of 7 years to represent the Canadian Hemophilia Society on the CAC. Like 78% of Canadian Hemophiliac he received tainted blood many times and has been a person living with HIV for 34 years. He was a member of the Quebec Bar and practiced law for over 30 years. He is a fiscalist specialized in Income taxes, the Federal GST and the Quebec Sales Tax (QST). He worked over 24 years for Revenu Quebec and was one of the first individual more than 30 years ago in Quebec to disclose having HIV. He gave over one hundred interviews on radio and television and wrote douzains of papers about being HIV positive. He teaches many times a year at the University of Montreal, Medical School, to students about Hemophilia, pain management, living with HIV and HCV (that he cured 10 years ago). He is a huge fan of hockey and of the Montreal Canadians (Habs)!

Muluba Habanyama

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Muluba Habanyama is Black, female HIV activist. Muluba was born with the virus at birth and lost both her parents to HIV related illnesses. She graduated from Sheridan College with a Journalism degree, and York University where she obtained a certificate in Community Based Research. Muluba serves on the board of The Teresa Group. Muluba works full time at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network as well is a ambassador for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and is a community advisor for the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials.

Deborah Norris

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An activist and advocate since soon after her HIV diagnosis in 1991. She brings the voice of people living with HIV on local, provincial, national and international Boards. Deborah provides peer support to people living with HIV and community education on the social/psychological issues of living with HIV and the basics of HIV infection. She received a Community Leadership award from HIV Edmonton and was nominated for a Woman of the Year award.

christian hui

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MSW, RSW (he/him) is a cisgender queer poz Asian settler activist residing in the Dish with One Spoon Territory on Turtle Island/Toronto, Canada. A registered social worker, he possesses over a decade of professional experience in the HIV and harm reduction sectors supporting diverse populations locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Christian is a co-founder of two people living with HIV networks: Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) and the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN). He is an international steering committee member of the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) Campaign, a board director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), a Champions Team Member of the Toronto to Zero Fast Track Cities Initiative, a Community Advisory Member of the CHIR Canadian Trials Network (CTN), and a National Ambassador of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Christian served as a civil society representative on the Canadian Delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2016. In 2017, he was awarded the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) Person Living with HIV (PLHIV) Award and the Poz-TO Award in 2018. He is a Knowledge User of the CIHR REACH CBR Collaborative 2.0, and a Steering Committee Member of the Canadian HIV Stigma Index. Christian received his Master of Social Work from Ryerson University and is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar.

Michael Parsons

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Michael is a traditionalist following the ways of his ancestors. He is a Two Spirits "contrary clown" who advocates for social justice and the importance of first voice in all aspects of research & community development.

Meet our 2020 Representatives – dedicated researchers, program managers, and community activists – who were on-hand to answer questions and share messages from Canada’s HIV response at AIDS 2020.

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