Board of Directors
The Vancouver AIDS Society's Board of Directors sets and approves policy for the agency and helps to raise funds. There are 12 members on the board, with 4 positions reserved for HIV+ people to ensure that our clients have a voice in the direction of the agency.
Daniel Dex (Chair)
Daniel has served on our Board of Directors since September 2009 and as Board Chair since September 2010.
Daniel is a partner at the law firm of McMillan LLP in Vancouver, where he practices U.S. securities law in the firm’s Capital Markets group. Prior to that, Daniel served as an in-house attorney for The New York Public Library, where he provided a broad range of legal advice relating to non-profit, real estate, intellectual property and corporate governance matters. Daniel first became involved with AIDS/HIV issues while attending law school, when he volunteered with a non-profit organization that provided pro bono legal services to people living with, or affected by, AIDS or HIV.
Bradford McIntyre (Vice-Chair)
A long time survivor living with HIV since 1984, Bradford McIntyre announced publicly on national TV, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1994, that he was living with HIV.
Bradford’s story of strong, local presence and international activism inspires and gives hope to countless people. For over 18 years, he has been involved creating HIV and AIDS awareness, volunteering his time and energy participating in HIV/AIDS causes through all venues: events, media, conferences, seminars, documentaries and speaking engagements. Bradford’s articles on HIV and AIDS have been published in newspapers, magazines and on web sites around the world.
Founder of Positively Positive – Living with HIV/AIDS (www.PositivelyPositive.ca ); Bradford’s popular website is an internationally recognized HIV and AIDS information and resource website.
Pauline Dan (Treasurer)
Pauline is an experienced biomedical research project manager, and is currently completing her MBA at Simon Fraser University. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Board at AIDS Vancouver, she serves as both the Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.
An International Medical Graduate who has years of experience to work as a doctor which later enriched with a special interest in HIV/AIDS. She also worked in administrative positions mainly to control HIV/AIDS including Medical Officer in WHO. She is pursuing her career to practice as a family doctor in Canada and aimed to serve the vulnerable populations, and Aboriginals.
Rachel Nelken is a savvy communications pro and lover of social media, devoted to creating a better world. Rachel has experience in both the public and non-profit sectors, with a background in corporate communications, community relations and digital engagement. She is committed to representing companies that make corporate social responsibility a priority. Most recently, she served as Senior Specialist, Communications and Marketing with the Rick Hansen Foundation - providing communications and marketing strategy to increase awareness of the work of the Foundation through activities supporting the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour. Passionate about philanthropy, Rachel is a founding board member, and chair of Downtown Eastside Studio Society (studiosociety.ca); a non-profit arts workshop and publishing house running creative writing programs for people facing social barriers such as homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. In September 2012, Rachel joined the Board of Directors for AIDS Vancouver and is very excited to work with such a great community-based organization. Connect with Rachel: twitter.com/philanthrochick
Stephanie Konrad is employed as an Epidemiologist with Fraser Health Authority. She has and is currently involved in HIV/AIDS research. Stephanie is passionate about HIV prevention and education, advocacy, harm reduction, and improving the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. She is thrilled to be working with AIDS Vancouver and being a part of positive change.
Shadi is currently pursuing a Masters degree in the field of Public Health and a career in International Health. She has several years of experience working in various sectors of healthcare such as Cancer research, Optometry and Chronic Illness Management. Shadi also possesses a strong background in organizing fundraisers for the Public Health sector. Her main areas of interest are health education and social policy. She currently sits on the Executive, Governance and Fundraising Committees at AIDS Vancouver and hopes her collaboration can assist the organization in generating further support for those individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
Michael has been working as an independent consultant in the Health Care field since 2003. He currently runs a specialized technology services business focused exclusively on telecommunications infrastructure construction in Health Care facilities in the Lower Mainland. Born and raised in Vancouver, Michael has been involved in the HIV/AIDS and gay men’s health promotion movement since the mid 1990s through volunteering his time with A Loving Spoonful, Friends for Life and through his current position as Director on the Board of Directors for HIM (Health Initiative for Men); an organization dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men and as Director on the Board of Directors for AIDS Vancouver; an organization that plays a special role in providing quality health care to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland.