Who is on the research team?

This research study is a community-academic partnership made up of people who care and who want to see access to health care services improve.

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar

Principle investigator
Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health and School of Nursing

Kelli Stajduhar, principle investigator, is a professor in the School of Nursing and Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at the University of Victoria. Her clinical work and research has focused on health service needs for those at the end-of-life and their families and on the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, co-investigator, is a professor of nursing at Trinity Western University. She has a research program focused on social justice and pluralism in healthcare and nursing education.
Dr. Ryan McNeil

Ryan McNeil, co-investigator, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Dr. McNeil’s research explores the social-structural influences on risk, harm, and health care access among homeless and drug-using populations.
Kristin Kvakic

Kristen Kvakic, co-investigator, is the Director of Programs at AIDS Vancouver Island. She is passionate about working with care providers to identify and implement care practices that reflect a commitment to honoring the dignity of service users.
Grey Showler

Grey Showler, co-investigator, is a registered nurse at the Cool Aid Community Health Centre, Victoria Cool Aid Society, where he provides primary health care services to people living with mental illness, substance use disorders and poverty.
Dr. Danica Gleave


Danica Gleave, co-investigator, is a family physician who has worked for over ten years in inner city medicine in Victoria, BC, practicing collaborative, multidisciplinary medicine that is highly flexible in its response to clients at the end of life.

Caite Meagher

Caite Meagher, co-investigator, is a registered nurse at Cool Aid Community Health Centre at the Victoria Cool Aid Society, and also works for Island Health in home and community care.
Caelin Rose


Caelin Rose, co-investigator, has worked within the health care system for 35 years; he is currently a counsellor at Victoria Hospice. He strongly supports social causes that assist marginalized individuals in our community.

Dr. Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace, co-investigator, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on poverty, health and equity. He has over twenty years of experience working with non-profit agencies that focus on poverty, homelessness, health, mental health and substance use.
Dr. Bernie Pauly

Bernie Pauly, co-investigator, is an associate professor in UVic's school of nursing. She is recognized for her work in community based participatory research in the area of substance use and homelessness. She has expertise in housing, harm reduction and public health services for people impacted by health and social inequities.
Dr. Naheed Dosani

Naheed Dosani, co-investigator, is a palliative care and family physician in Toronto. He leads a mobile, shelter-based outreach program that delivers palliative care to the city's most vulnerable and marginalized patients.
Ashley Mollison

Research coordinator
Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health
Ashley is the research coordinator for the Equitable Access to Care study. She is interested in the areas of harm reduction, critical health, HIV/AIDS and inclusion of affected populations in decision-making and leadership.
Carolyn Showler

Research assistant
Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health
Carolyn Showler is a research assistant on the Equitable Access to Care study. She was a nurse educator in Victoria for 15 years, has worked as a nurse for both provincial and federal corrections, and more recently, worked as a street nurse for Island Health.