Assistant Project Coordinator – AESHA Cohort/Qualitative
Jenn McDermid is a settler on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. She has a strong interest in social policy and community building and has spent much of her professional life working with women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Most recently, Jenn has worked and volunteered with Megaphone Magazine, S.A.F.E. Vancouver, and WISH. As part of her practice, she aims to promote harm reduction tactics, and is especially interested in the intersection between health and equitable, community-based approaches to care. She is a strong proponent of the decriminalization of sex work, and through her work hopes to mitigate the stigma that impacts HIV+ women and sex workers in Vancouver. Outside of CGSHE, Jenn is a graduate student at SFU, runs an art collective in support of female-identified residents of the Downtown Eastside, and plays the drums.