Jordan Merasty, Peer Support Worker
Hello, my name is Jordan Merasty, I am 21 years old. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was 16 years old. Ever since then I have been learning more and understanding my illness. I was the Youth Ambassador for the Prince Albert Metis Women’s Association for 2 weeks, a couple years later I became the Peer Support Worker for 2 ½ months and I traveled and met peer’s like me; This helped me understand that I can live for a very long time if I kept up with my treatment and pills . I have been through 4 or 5 different kinds of treatment pills. The reason why is because I couldn’t find the right kind that my body can handle and was experiencing some side effects. It was a hard few months but I am doing okay. I came back to Prince Albert Metis Women’s Association in September 2016 to become the Peer Support Worker.
Erin Settee is the HIV/AIDS Health Promotion Coordinator for Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association Inc. Erin is a SIAST Grad from the Addictions Counsellor Diploma program and has worked in the Addictions and Mental Health field throughout North and Central Saskatchewan since 2009. Erin recently also became a certified Problem Gambling Counsellor in 2015 and is also recognised by the Addictions Professionals Association of Saskatchewan and Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation. Erin was selected to be a Saskatchewan Dream Catcher Aboriginal Role Model for 2014 and was featured in a calendar which the profits went to fund sports for local families. Erin is a Mother of 3 and lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Filed Under: Fall Winter 2016 Newsletter
About the Author: Brought to you by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN).