CRISM People with Lived Expertise of Drug Use National Working Group

This page contains information about meetings, projects, and events for members of the CRISM PWLE of Drug Use National Working Group

Upcoming Meetings and Past Minutes



Our Members


Hugh Lampkin, VANDU

Loretta Brown, VANDU

Lorna Bird, VANDU

Alex Sherstobitoff, BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors

Garth Mullins, CRACKDOWN Podcast

Dean Wilson, BCSSU



Karen Turner, Boyle Street Community



Brandi Abele, CAPUD



Dawn Lavand, The Manitoba Harm Reduction Network (on leave)



Sean LeBlanc, Drug Users Advocacy League (DUAL), Ottawa Inner City Health

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Frank Crichlow, Counterfit Harm Reduction Project

Frank Crichlow has been a harm reduction worker for over 12 years with COUNTERfit harm reduction program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre.  In his role at COUNTERfit he provides both on and off-site harm reduction education, referrals and distribution. Frank works at both SRCHC’s safe consumption service (keepSIX) and volunteered with the Toronto Overdose Prevention Site at both Moss Park and Parkdale unsanctioned sites. He helped to start and still works at the Riverdale Men’s Group, a wellness program at SRCHC.  Frank is a member of the Stigma & Discrimination Group, the Strategic Implementation Panel and the Drug Policy Committee of the Toronto Drug Strategy, Toronto Public Health. He is a member of the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism committee. He is the Chair of the Toronto Drug Users Union and a member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and on the Board of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Frank has spoken on issues of harm reduction for a variety of audiences and venues including academic conferences, research ethics boards and community workshops.

Michael Nurse, Black Coaltion for AIDS Prevention

Michael Nurse works in Toronto as a Harm Reduction-focused street outreach worker. He is a member of Toronto Drug Users Union TDUU) and a Board member of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD).

Zahra Bolouk, Sistering

Kathy Pinheiro, Sistering

Alexandra de Kiewit

Alexandra de Kiewit has been involved in community work since 2010. Her role as an outreach worker at the magazine L’Injecteur has allowed her to pursue one of her passions: the inclusion of people who use drugs and sex workers into health promotion.

Being an HIV-positive woman and a person who uses drugs, she wholeheartedly adheres to harm reduction principles that she advocates in the work that she does. After working for five years at Association Québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues (AQPSUD), she now works at Cactus’ supervised injection site and she is a facilitator for PLDI (Positive Leadership Development Institute) in Québec. She helped cofound Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD), where she served on the board. She also serve on CATIE’s board as Quebec représentant.

Alexandra has participated in numerous publications, one being Peerology: a guide by and for people who use drugs. She tries to participate in as many conferences as possible, as she is thirsty for knowledge.

Nova Scotia

Jennifer Bowser, HANDUP

Natasha Touesnard, HANDUP

Julien Carette, HANDUP


Matt Bonn

Matthew is the program coordinator with the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD), a National Board member with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), and a knowledge translator for the Dr. Peters Centre. His freelance writing has appeared in publications including Filter-Magazine, The Conversation, CATIE and The Coast. He is a current drug user and a formerly incarcerated person.