Patricia Bacon

 

Director, Pacific region

Patricia Bacon was the executive director of Blood Ties Four Directions Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, from 2005 to 2019. Patricia has brought innovative programs to Yukon that support people who use drugs, people living with HIV and hepatitis C, and other street-involved vulnerable populations. One of her most recent accomplishments in this role was the Steve Cardiff Tiny Home Community Project, which saw the building of five tiny houses for vulnerable homeless individuals. In 2019, in response to the opioid overdose crisis, Patricia spearheaded the opening of a fentanyl testing program to help protect people from overdosing on contaminated drugs. 

Patricia’s work at the national level includes serving on the steering committee of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the board of directors of the Canadian AIDS Society. More recently, Patricia chaired Action Hepatitis Canada from 2013 to 2018, a national coalition of organizations committed to the elimination of viral hepatitis. In this role, Patricia worked with her colleagues from across the country to effect national policy changes addressing treatment, care and access for Canadians with viral hepatitis. 

Patricia holds a PhD in human sexuality. She taught human sexuality at Yukon College for 10 years and maintains a private practice in sex and relationship therapy. Patricia enjoys spending time with her two daughters Madisen and Mercedes, and enjoys hiking and camping with her partner Chris. In 2020, Patricia relocated to Kelowna, British Columbia, to begin her new position as the executive director at the John Howard Society, Okanagan and Kootenay.

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