Healing our Nations

HON Staff

  • Julie Thomas
    Executive Director
    Julie started at HON as a Summer student in 2005, cost sharing with her band, Paq'tnkek First Nation. After two summer positions, in 2007, Julie completed her student placement at HON through NSCC. After her placement she was hired on as the Hepatitis C Coordinator. In 2008 she became one of the Community Health Educators, 2013 Program Manager and in 2015 Executive Director. I truly believe that Culturally Relevant Interactive Education is the key to preventing transmission and new infections, reducing stigma and discrimination  and increasing access to treatment for  HIV, Hepatitis and other Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections within our Indigenous communities across Atlantic Canada.
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Dunik
    Part-time Bookkeeper
  • Stefan Williams
    Youth Peer Educator
    Stefan has been with HON for 5 years. Stefan mainly works with the off-reserve community members and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada. Included in his project; Youth Peer Mentor Training, HIV/HCV culturally relevant education sessions with non-Indigenous organizations and working with the Native Council of PEI. Stefan can also provide FREE Naloxone training to our partner organizations. I am excited to be a part of Healing Our Nations and to become a healthy role model for youth, their families and communities. You can contact me at 902-492-4255 or ssdw81@hotmail.com
  • Milo Gray
    Community Health Educator – Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
    Milo has been with HON for almost 4 years. Milo works mainly on-reserve. His role at HON is to provide culturally relevant interactive education sessions to First Nation communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The topics include, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Healthy Relationships/boundaries, Sexually transmitted blood borne infections and Naloxone. Milo came to HON from operating a residential youth care facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. While in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut I gained extensive knowledge in cultural programming and identifying community needs in the great white north. I’m excited to work with HON and the surrounding First Nations communities educating and contributing to the continuity of culture. Contact info; mgathon2017@gmail.com
  • Arthur “Dave” Miller
    Community Health Educator – New Brunswick and PEI
    Arthur ‘Dave’ Miller is a 42-year-old Mi’kmaq HIV activist. After living many lives doing many different things in many different parts of Canada, he lives and works from Halifax, Nova Scotia and supports many AIDS service organizations across Canada in both paid and volunteer capacities. Enduring Board positions in various national AIDS organizations as well as working collectively with others living with HIV – Dave’s work as an HIV activist has kept him busy over the years and includes roles with a variety of national organizations focused on various aspects of HIV. Currently, Dave is a Community Health Educator and works in Atlantic First Nation Communities with Healing Our Nations. This is a new position for Dave. In his past positions he coordinated 4 national projects including a national project for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network about gender inclusivity with a special focus on Trans experiences; he was also Co-Coordinator for the 6th International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS in Durban, South Africa with the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS. Dave is a fun, free-spirited guy who serves his communities in whatever way he can – he is a community builder. For these reasons, it is not surprising he is most proud of his 2014 Atlantic Canada Volunteer of the Year award and 2016 Halifax Regional Municipality Volunteer Award. While juggling all of his volunteer and paid work he continues to do HIV education locally as he can, and provides support to those in need. Dave has ASIST Training and Safe Talk Training. He welcomes all new opportunities. adavemiller@icloud.com
  • Stephanie Williams
    Community Health Coordinator
    My name is Stephanie Williams; I was born and raised in Deer Lake, NF. I have over 10 years’ experience working in both private and public sectors within Indigenous communities’ including Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women, Government of Nunavut, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and most recently with the 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Toronto. These experiences provided me the opportunity to work alongside both urban and remote Indigenous communities addressing health disparities, community health promotion and capacity building with marginalized communities. I am excited to be a part of the Healing Our Nations team; supporting Indigenous people in the areas of HIV/AIDS, STBBI’s, Healthy Relationships, and by promoting cultural awareness. You can contact me at the HON office 902.492.4255 or at honcommunityhealth@hotmail.com