Leadership

  • 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.

    Tim Conway, Chair

    Tim is a resident of St. Catharines who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie ON. Tim has been employed with RBC for 10 years and is a single parent of one son who is currently attending University. When Tim resided in Los Angeles CA working for Washington Mutual Bank he became involved in the community helping men living with HIV/AIDS. This included home care, hospital visits and companionship activities. Tim is currently involved within the RBC Aboriginal community as a mentor/leader of our Employee Resource Group and is actively involved in United Way’s Backpack Program and Allocations Committee.

    Edwin Leung, Treasurer

    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, Recording Secretary

    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.

    Brian Harvey, Director

    Brian Harvey is a Quality & Patient Safety Specialist for the Niagara Health System, where he collaborates with clinical teams of nurses and physicians to improve patient care across 5 hospital sites.  Prior to joining Niagara Health, Brian spent 2+ years living in New York City, where he completed his MPA degree in Health Policy and Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.  Prior to living in New York, Brian spent 4+ years working in health care consulting for In-sync, Publicis Healthcare Group (Toronto) where he led clinical research and strategic planning projects for global healthcare manufacturers.  Brian hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and has received certification in health quality improvement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Harvard University.  In his personal time, Brian volunteers at Southridge Shelter in St. Catharines and serves on the Board of Directors for Community Builders Youth Leadership. In July 2015, Brian completed a health care mission trip to Uganda, where he advised local hospitals and health centres on quality and patient safety.

    Francis, Gregotski, Director

    Francis’s career spanned over 37 years working for Cyanamid/Cytec Canada Inc. She held various positions in Finance and Human Resources before leaving in 2011 as Manager of Human Resources.
    Francis is currently the Executive Director at the Welland McMaster Family Health Team and has been on the Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors for Women’s Place of South Niagara (WPSN) for 6 years. She is also a member of “100 Women Who Care Niagara”.

    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., Director

    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.

  • Become a Member

    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.

    Please consider an additional donation to Positive Living Niagara while completing this membership to assist us to more effectively support or community. Charitable receipts will be issued for any donations.