AESHA Project Coordinator, Kate Lumsdon (she/they) has been working in harm reduction and women’s health on unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations, for the past 12 years. Her focus has been developing positive and equitable outcomes for marginalized communities, by working with sex workers, community-based organizations and other community members to form effective coalitions and relationships with residents of the DTES. Kate brings strong experience communicating with and supporting consultation processes with diverse stakeholders from political figures and government officials, to the communities of people who are weathering the impacts of targeted stigma, criminalization and oppression.
Kate’s experiences and knowledge from grassroots community work are complemented by her university education, which was focused on areas of law, policy analysis, social justice, peace building, and mediation. She is especially interested in ways we can shape policy and practice on the ground and is excited about the focus of AESHA on supporting safer working conditions, human rights, and decriminalization efforts for sex workers.
During this time of overlapping crises of overdose deaths and COVID-19, Kate looks forward to bringing her community-based skills to AESHA and the CGSHE, which is located in the heart of the community she has been serving for over a decade.