Dr. Paul Gross - Principal Investigator
Dr. Gross is a family physician with a focus on men’s health and HIV. He has a full-time practice is at Spectrum Health, a well-respected multi-disciplinary primary care clinic in downtown Vancouver. For the past 5 years, he has also been working at Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS) on East Hastings, which provides a full range of health care services to mainly First Nations, Inuit, Metis peoples, and people living in the Downtown Eastside.
Dr. Victoria Smye - Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Smye’s research addresses inequities related to mental health and addictions systems and services with a particular focus in the areas of women and violence, cultural safety, and Aboriginal mental health. From 2005 until 2014, Dr. Smye was a faculty member with the UBC School of Nursing. In September of 2014, Dr. Smye was appointed as the Director of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Mr. Henry Charles
Henry Charles is an elder of the Musqueam Nation who resides on the Musqueam reserve in Vancouver. Henry is regularly commissioned to do First Nations storytelling in local schools, and previously served as the Vancouver Public Library’s Storyteller in Residence. For the past several years Henry has filled the role of Elder for the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Society men’s support group ‘The Dudes Club’. In addition to his role as husband, father and grandfather, Henry is an accomplished writer, storyteller, Native historian, greeter, and Musqueam speaker.
The External Liaison of the DUDES Club, Sandy is a member of the TALLCREE First Nation from Northern Alberta calls Vancouver home. He has many years of volunteering with non-profit organizations and NGOs, attending/planning/organizing HIV/AIDS conferences, and participating in research committees/projects provincially and nationally. These opportunities have attributed to healthy partnerships and supportive allies for the growth of DUDES Clubs off/on reserve, rural and remote. Sandy believes this is a good way to engage men and to educate in a safe environment on men’s health issues
Lyana is the research manager for project #2 of the Masculinities and Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, entitled Evaluating and Extending the Aboriginal Men’s Dudes Club Program. She is also a PhD candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. The focus of her dissertation is on urban Indigenous community planning and how that looks at the intersection of law, health, and social service delivery. She is doing collaborative community-based research with the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia.
Through her research she is weaving together governance, history, health, and storytelling in support of self-determination for Indigenous communities. Lyana has been involved in several Indigenous health initiatives including promotion of cultural safety training for healthcare professionals and creating culturally appropriate research materials for Indigenous communities engaging in health research.
Iloradanon is the Research Assistant for the Dude’s Club Project. She helps with all aspects of the project, from data analysis to maintaining effective relationships with elders and club members. She is a member of the Haida Gwaii Nation with a keen interest in social determinants of indigenous health, feminism, and wellness.