Board of Directors
Glen Walker BA., BSW., RSW., Executive Director
Glen is a social worker by training with over 25 years of experience in community clinical service within the developmental services sector. He established specialized clinical services in South Western Ontario and assisted in the development of the Community Networks of Specialized Care.
He has also worked for the Ministry of Community and Socials Services in the Developmental Services Branch and at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Senior Policy Analyst. Glen has been in private practice lecturing on the treatment of individuals with a dual diagnosis and positive behavioural interventions. He was formerly on the faculty at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the developmental services program.
Glen has been the Executive Director of Positive Living since 2011. In this capacity, he has been involved in several community based research projects which explore the impacts of support on individuals with HIV.
Edwin Leung, Vice Chair
Edwin Leung graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005 and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2008. He moved to St. Catharines to begin his career at Jones & O’Connell Chartered Accountants as an Audit Supervisor. He has 7 years of professional accounting experiences in performing various financial analyses and assisting clients with annual budgets. Skills Edwin brings to the board include: administration, management; finance, accounting; policy development and program evaluation and risk management. Edwin has experience working with many not for profit organizations in his current job and has an understanding of the requirements of non-profits. Edwin also brings experience from sitting on the Board of Directors of other local organizations.
Cathie Rogers, Chair
During her 35+ years in the Ontario Public Service, Cathie worked in a wide range of positions, including administration, operations, engineering services and internal audit at the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). She has extensive management and business process re-engineering experience. Her past roles include Interim Chief Administrative Officer at MTO and prior to that assignment, she was Director, Human Resources Branch. Cathie joined the former Management Board Secretariat as Director of Human Resources Branch and then became Director of Human Resources for the Ministry of Government Services. She has extensive change leadership experience and project leadership skills related to collective bargaining negotiations, contingency planning, organizational reviews, and alternative service delivery. Cathie also served as Director at Service Ontario. Her duties included providing leadership and director of a large driver and licensing operations program, on-going entitlements for Ontario Health Care benefits and card management for the manufacturing of driver licenses and health cards. After retiring from the Ontario Public Service, Cathie served as interim Executive Director, Human Resources Programs and Services at Public Health Ontario from 2011-2013.
Rand Meshki, Director
A nearly lifelong resident of Niagara, Rand Meshki returned to the area to join the law firm of Graves & Richard, a team of personal injury lawyers in St. Catharines. Rand’s legal practice enables her to fulfill her passion for assisting injured people and their families and empowering them to overcome some of the most challenging times of their lives. Rand works exclusively on behalf of injured individuals and their families in injury cases of all types from Orthopaedic Injuries to Traumatic and Catastrophic Brain Injuries, as well as Fatality cases.
Prior to law school, Rand graduated from Western University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Kinesiology. Following that, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Applied Health Science at Brock University in 2011. While completing her law degree at the University of Windsor, Rand worked as a caseworker at the Community Legal Aid Clinic and volunteered at the Essex County Diversion Program through Probono Students of Canada, to help improve access to justice in Windsor. Rand excelled in law school, graduating in the Top 7% of her class in 2014. As a former varsity tennis player, Rand loves playing tennis in her spare time. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing beach volleyball and soccer.
Kate Alexander, Director
Kate is currently the Public Engagement and Membership Officer with the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), a national HIV organization that works to ensure that the lessons learned from the global response to HIV/AIDS are utilized by Canadian organizations to improve prevention, care, treatment and support work in Canada. In her role at ICAD, Kate manages communications with ICAD’s members, maintains its online presence and is involved in a number of HIV-related projects both nationally and internationally. Kate is a single mom of two small children, a proud member of the LGBT community and an avid cyclist.
Matthew Woods, PhD., Treasurer
Dr. Matthew Woods (PhD) has always been interested in the battle between the human immune system and foreign microorganisms. His passion led him from his home in Niagara to Western University in London Ontario, where his interest for HIV and the immune system began. In 2009, he graduated with an Honours Specialization of Microbiology and Immunology and completed a thesis on HIV infection. Matthew continued his passion for HIV research and completed his PhD studying alternative treatment strategies against HIV infection. His work has been recognized nationally and internationally with prestigious research awards. Currently, Dr. Woods is conducting research at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he hopes to help prevent the spread of HIV, as well as improve the lives of people living with the disease. Dr. Woods’ dedication for combating HIV/AIDS has motivated him to spread awareness and information about the disease and to help improve the livelihood of people in the HIV/AIDS community.
Andrea Agbareh, Director
Andrea received a Bachelor of Economics from Brock University, focusing on Economic Research, Statistics and Econometrics, and International Economic Accounting. While at Brock University, Andrea volunteered her time, event planning skills, and leadership skills to many groups and events. Currently, Andrea is a Financial Service Representative at TD Bank.
Ken Mackenzie. Recording Secretary
Ken MacKenzie was born and raised in Niagara Falls Ontario and is the Executive Director of ARID Group Homes (Niagara), a non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Ken started at the organization as an addiction counsellor over 20 years ago working on the front line where his lived experiences led him. After 2 years he was promoted to program manager and later an executive position. Ken has been the Executive Director since 2010, supporting significant change and growth in the organization. Of particular note, ARID opened the first women’s recovery support home in Niagara in 2014. Ken believes in the value of peer support and the importance of the community offering a full continuum of services based on the individual’s readiness to change. With his extensive knowledge of substance abuse and addiction, Ken has participated as a collaborator and partner with organizations in the Niagara community. In his spare time he likes to spend time around his home with family and friends, traveling with Lisa to sunny warm places or out on their motorcycle together.
Kristen Mueller Carrigan, Director
Kristen received a Masters of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph in 2009. Kristen has extensive experience studying susceptibility and immune responses to HIV through her employment at McMaster University in a research lab setting. Currently, she is involved on several projects to further understand the sexual transmission of HIV and how female sex hormones, or hormonal contraceptives, may alter female immune responses and susceptibility. Kristen has also been involved in many administrative and policy development initiatives. Through her work, Kristen has developed a passion for understanding and furthering women’s health and serving the HIV community.
Andrea Agbareh, Director
Andrea was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to Canada at the age of 17 to attend Brock University where she studied Economics. She started her own fitness club and Fashion club while at Brock and that really sparked her love for volunteer work. Since then she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Rankin Cancer Run and some more organizations. She currently works at TD Bank as an investment consultant and is really excited to be on the Board of Directors of Positive Living Niagara. Although it is a new experience, she is willing to learn and bring her skill set to add to the much diversified group.
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Positive Living Niagara has had an exciting year of development and transformation.
We invite you to join us as a member.
Your membership demonstrates your commitment to our community by supporting our mission of providing innovative and proactive approaches to education, harm-reduction models of prevention, and support strategies for those affected by HIV.
With your support and the support of our community partners we can continue to improve the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Membership terms run from April 1 – March 31 with a fee of $10.00 per year. Clients of Positive Living Niagara who would like to become a member may request to have this fee waived.
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