UBC Assistant Project Coordinator – AESHA
Jenn McDermid is the UBC Assistant Project Coordinator for the AESHA Project at the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity. 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, having spent much of her professional life working with women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 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 work, Jenn is a graduate student at Simon Fraser University, runs an art collective in support of female-identified residents of the Downtown Eastside, and plays the drums.