Executive Leadership Changes +

Gay Men's Health Job Posting

October 3, 2019

Today, Dave St. Laurent, Chair of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, announced changes to the executive leadership of the organization.  Dena Simon, the current Executive Director, will be retiring from ACNS later this fall; her position will be filled by the new in-coming Executive Director, Chris Aucoin.

For over ten years, Mr. Aucoin (BSc, MEd, DipGDMD) has worked with ACNS as the Gay Men’s Health Coordinator where he has been responsible for the creation, adaptation and implementation of HIV prevention and sexual health promotion programming for “Men who have Sex with Men” focussing on challenges faced by Gay, Bi, and Transgender men.  His work has also extended to leading information and training sessions to service providers working with gbMSM and to the general public.

Mr. Aucoin is a health educator, a freelance writer and researcher, and a graphic designer, with a diverse background in community-based work in sexual health promotion, cultural industries, and social justice issues stretching back three decades.

The Board of Directors congratulates and welcomes Chris as the in-coming Executive Director and looks forward to working with him to move ACNS into the future with a new vision.  At the same time, we extend our thanks and gratitude to Dena for navigating ACNS through a challenging time over the past several years.  We wish her well as she “hangs up her skates” as she would put it.
Given this change in ACNS staffing, we are launching a search for a new Gay Men’s Health Coordinator.  If you or someone you know might be interested in further exploring this opportunity, please click on the link below for more information.

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