Lived Expertise Advisors 

Older persons with experiences of homelessness — Conseillers aînés avec expérience d’itinérance  

Current Lived Expertise Advisors

Anne Cartledge

Calgary team

Since becoming a Graduate of the Social Work Program at Mount Royal University (1993), Anne has advocated and worked tirelessly in many areas. READ MORE →

Hilary L. Chapple

Calgary team

I really enjoy Community Engagement and Collaboration with Community Agencies and Nonprofits to enhance the quality of life for our Homeless, folks living in Poverty and the LGBTQ2S Community. READ MORE →

Chris Danielsen

Vancouver team 

Chris was the co-lead on a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research project that examined medical respite for older adults who are experiencing homelessness in Metro Vancouver. READ MORE →

Michel Gauthier

Montreal team

Je suis issu d’une famille défavorisée de cinq enfants. J’ai vécu des périodes de consommation, d’itinérance et de précarité. READ MORE →

David Higgins

Vancouver team

David was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. During his late teens, he served in the Navy Reserves. His travel and sea interests took him Aussie, Africa, and South America. He lived in Costa Rica for 8 years becoming fluent in Spanish.

Dorothy Kestle

Vancouver team

Dorothy brings her experience to our CMHC-SSHRC funded initiative that seeks to identify promising practices for housing older adults experiencing homelessness. READ MORE →

Doug McNevin

Calgary team

I was homeless from June of 2015 until December of 2016 then, due to some very kind people, received housing at Peter Coyle Place in Calgary. I then joined the Exchange, a research group led by Dr. Lara Nixon. READ MORE →

Dyane Provost

Montreal team 

Retired from a long and winding 25-year career as a bilingual transcriptionist specializing in documentary (NFB especially), I am 68 years old and live in my hometown Montreal as a low-income senior in one of the poorest parts of town. READ MORE →

Janet Torge

Montreal team

Janet Torge wears the hats of a television documentary producer, bookkeeper, archivist and prenatal teacher. READ MORE →

Nicholas Wennington

Vancouver team

Nicholas is the head of the Persons with Lived or Living Experience of Homelessness for the Community Advisory Board of Metro Vancouver and has joined our CMHC-SSHRC-funded project on homelessness in later life where he brings the voice of persons with lived experience to the table. READ MORE →

Former Lived Expertise Advisors

Guy Plante

Montreal team

I experienced homelessness following 4 years of legal action against my employer. Today I live in a large coop, resulting from the efforts of activists in social housing: La Montagne Verte.  I advocate for social housing to the Comité logement Ville-Marie and in several committees with my new housing coop. READ MORE →