Beyond the Basics: Meaningfully Engaging People with Lived Experiences

10 Sep Beyond the Basics: Meaningfully Engaging People with Lived Experiences

Brittany Cameron and Becky Lyon | PARN

People living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV and Hepatitis C play an increasingly important role in the development and delivery of programs, interventions, and services designed to meet their needs. Join us as we learn about HIV and Hep C beyond the basics.

We present the idea of task shifting at your workplace, within the framework of meaningful engagement of people with lived experience. Recognizing that health and community development are interlinked, task shifting seeks to improve access to services for our community. In a redistribution of tasks, we discuss the role of peers to support this process and assist in returning to the core principles of health services that are accessible and equitable. This training seeks to further support the inclusion of diverse voices as an integral part of reducing and eliminating transmission of HIV and Hep C, while supporting better overall health outcomes in our communities. Topics covered include peer engagement as related to prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, and outreach programming.

This training will affirm the overwhelming value and benefit of engaging people with lived experiences to expand standard programming. This framework can be applied in an innovative, respectful, and equitable manner, while concurrently encouraging collaborative partnerships between service providers in order to achieve effective service delivery.



January 30, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham St.
Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5

Facilitator Biographies:

Brittany Cameron | PARN
Brittany Cameron is PARN’s Peer and Volunteer Engagement Program Coordinator; with over 10 years lived experience engaging with vulnerable people locally, provincially, nationally and beyond. Brittany believes that the only way forward in our work is meaningfully engaging people with lived experience at all levels of the work we do. With a background in social work, Brittany brings both her lived experience and her educational training to the table.

Becky Lyon | PARN
Becky Lyon is the Hep C Outreach Coordinator for PARN. She has worked in Peterborough and surrounding areas since 2012, including for Kawartha Food Share, Alderville Black Oak Savanna and By the Bushel Food Co-operative. Becky’s recent training in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences guides her work in serving our public that face systemic barriers in accessing equitable health care. She is grateful to work for an organization that values lived experience with compassionate support. 


Who should attend this training?

QoC training sessions are designed for helping professionals in Peterborough City and County. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

Will food be provided?

Coffee, tea, are light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact the Project Lead for recommendations.

Is there parking?

There is free parking at the Lions Centre, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this training has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Tickets are sold on a cost-recovery basis. Bursaries are available upon request.