Support & Advocacy
Outreach, support and advocacy for individuals living with HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis C and their support persons. Including: visiting individuals in their home or home communities to provide information on services and support available for health, social and financial issues or concerns
Needle Exchange Services, as well as other harm-reduction supplies such as Crack Pipe Kits, Safer Snorting Kits, Condoms, Lubricant, Internal Condoms, Oral Barriers and more. An important component of community building is reaching out and networking with those affected by drug use. This includes those that use drugs, family and loved ones, businesses in our communities and the communities at large. Community building helps minimize risk and harms associated with the use of drugs.
On January 20, 2009, ANKORS opened its doors to Trans Connect. Transgender (Trans) and Gender Variant is used to describe a wide variety of people; people whose identity, history or way of expressing themselves does not conform to social norms relating to gender.
Prevention & Education
The Prevention & Education program provides education, information, resources and counseling services on HIV/AIDS prevention to the communities in the East and West Kootenay region. Prevention and Education sessions are delivered to organizations, schools, employee groups, individuals and social service agencies.
West Kootenay Region
Cheryl Dowden: Executive Director
Laura Kearnes : Support Services
Thomas McLeod, Nic Cornell : Administration coordinators
Brad Ferguson : Bookkeeping
Serge Popoff: Harm Reduction & Needle Exchange Coordinator
Jamie MacBeth: Prevention & Education & Hep C
Chloe Sage: Prevention & Education & Hep C
Alex Sherstobitoff: Rise Up Community Engagement Project Coordinator
Christopher Moore – Trans Connect Coordinator
East Kootenay Region
Gary Dalton: Community Care Team
Polly Sutherland: Education and Prevention
Michelle Shewell: Hepatitis C Project