Jasmine Cotnam, who resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is an Indigenous woman who has been publicly open about her HIV+ status since her diagnosis in the last decade. Jasmine currently holds two part-time research coordinator positions at Women’s College Hospital and one of two APHA Liaison positions with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.
Jasmine’s previous work history includes working for over four years at an addiction and mental health agency as a Systemic Advocate and at a local ASO as the Injection Drug Use and Hep C Outreach Worker. In addition to her full- and part-time positions, Jasmine has been contracted as a Peer Research Associate with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Women’s College Hospital, and McMaster University. Jasmine’s passion and educational background is in addiction and mental health. Jasmine holds a social service worker diploma.
Jasmine’s previous lived experience includes sexwork, injection drug use and being placed intermittently in care of child protection services as a child and youth.
Jasmine’s board experience includes OAHAS, Elizabeth Fry Society of NWO and the Regional Food Bank Distribution Association.
Jasmine spends her free time reading, occasionally going to the gym, cooking, and parenting her preteen daughter Roxy.