Healing our Nations

HON Staff

  • Milo Gray
    Community Health Educator
    Milo Gray has 18+ years of professional experience working with and for underserved communities by contributing to community wellness through education and mentoring. Milo’s working journey led him to Nunavut, Canada in early 2013. In Nunavut Milo managed and operated a group home in the community of Cambridge Bay. While working up North within Inuit communities, Milo developed his passion for education. He understands the importance of working with community members and community service providers to provide appropriate programming for youth. While home between Northern Travel trips, in 2016, Milo volunteered as a chaperone for Healing Our Nations at a youth gathering in Bear River First Nation. Once the gathering was complete it wasn’t long after that Milo started working with Healing Our Nations as a Community Health Coordinator and then the Youth Peer Educator. In 2021 Milo had an opportunity to work with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). While this was a hard decision, Milo thought about the opportunity he was given to expand his work experience and increase his knowledge. During his time with HRM, Milo worked a few different positions such as Intake and assessment (Youth Advocate Program), Community Developer (Parks and Recreation) and most recently Community Outreach Coordinator with the (Public Safety Office). "I'm very happy to be back at Healing Our Nations/The Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq as the Community Health Educator. I look forward to seeing and meeting new people and I'm excited to see old collogues and friends I've had the pleasure working with on and off-reserve." "I believe that education through lived experience and personability will allow me to contribute to reducing stigmas while providing engaging interactive education sessions to the Indigenous communities across Atlantic Canada."  
  • Julie Thomas (Julez)
    Program Manager
    Julie has a little over 19 years experience working within the HIV/AIDS movement.  She is Mi'kmaw from Paq'tnkek First Nation. Although she was raised off-reserve by her non-Indigenous Father, she takes great pride in her culture and traditions. Julie is a mother of three and a Kiju of one.
    Julie started at Healing Our Nations (HON) as a Summer student in 2005, cost sharing with her band, Paq'tnkek First Nation. After two summer positions at HON, in 2007, she completed her student placement at HON through the Business Administration Management Program at NSCC. After her placement she was hired on as the Hepatitis C Coordinator. In 2008 she became one of the Community Health Educators and 2013 Program Manager.
    In 2022 Julie attended her first International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada, as one of the supervisors for the volunteers. In 2023 she participated in the World AIDS Day Campaign through CANFAR and in 2024 Julie was selected as one of the Canadian representatives for the Canadian Pavilion at the International AIDS Conference in Munich, Germany.
    "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."
    jthomas@unsm.org
  • Valerie Hanson
    Part-time Bookkeeper
    vhanson@unsm.org