THiP Team

THiP community health liaisons

THiP Community Health Liaisons are here to help you navigate trans health services across BC. We are happy to answer your emails, talk with you on the phone or meet with you to provide information and support on accessing gender affirming health care and supports. Community Health Liaisons are also involved with program development and facilitation. We aim to get back to emails & voicemails within one week, usually sooner.

Elliot Wheatcroft – Community Health Liaison and Facilitator for the Trans Youth Drop-In (currently on leave)
Elliot is a Community Health Liaison with THiP. He has been working with trans and gender variant youth for the last ten years. Elliot is passionate about empowering the young people he works with to be active in their communities. He prioritizes keeping youth informed of their basic human rights so they can advocate for themselves or seek help from other resources and supports. He believes strongly in the power of healthy dialogue to create and maintain safe spaces and takes a youth-centered approach to his work with the Trans Youth Drop In. Elliot is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Beth Clark – Community Health Liaison (currently on education leave)
Beth Clark is a part-time Community Health Liaison with THiP. They are a counsellor and educator, whose background includes work in queer and trans outreach services, as well as a variety of social service, education and medical settings. Beth has a strong interest in the health inequities experienced by trans, gender diverse, queer, LBG and other socially marginalized populations, and works as a researcher in the area of trans youth health. Beth is in the office Thursdays.

Facilitators

April Sumter-Frietag – Taking Care of Business and Wellness Group Facilitator
April Sumter Freitag has has been with the Transgender Health Program/ THiP  since 2006, working on developing and facilitating the Trans Taking Care of Business drop in group and  supporting staff and programming.  April is an eighth generation Afro-Canadian, certified addictions counsellor and fitness leader who brings rich life experience and hopefully a bit of joy to the work of community counsellor and community advocate.

Lucas Wilson – Trans Youth Drop-In
Through his youth work Lucas Wilson seeks to provide youth with empowerment, resources, advocacy and the support they need to forge their own individual and unique paths as trans people. Lucas has experience working with youth in a variety of facets including after-school programs, workshop facilitation and peer-support. An avid athlete, Lucas can be found hiking, running or climbing when he isn’t facilitating our programming.

Peer wellness co-facilitators

Oliver Day – Trans Youth Drop-in Peer Mentor
Oliver Day has been involved with TYDI for 5 years and in a Peer Mentor capacity for 1 year. He tries to makes the TYDI a safe space for everyone by being open and honest about his experiences in hopes that this will be helpful to other youth. Oliver is very involved in music and passionate about it. He’s been part of a choir for the past 5 years and performed at the Olympics as part of an acoustic trio.

Leadership & staff support

Helenka Jedrzejowski – Coordinator
Helenka has been working in Vancouver alongside front-line staffing teams developing health promotion programming for almost 10 years. She provides program coordination support to THiP and feels privileged to be working alongside great staff and community collaborators in solidarity with trans and gender diverse communities. She is proud that Canada has a publicly funded health care system and believes every person has the right to access gender affirming care and relevant information services. Helenka is committed to helping build capacity for this within the province of British Columbia through the work of the THiP and community partners.

Shelagh Davies – Changing Keys Consultant
Shelagh Davies is a registered speech-language pathologist and a clinical assistant professor at UBC. She is on the Standing Committee for Voice and Communication of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). For almost 10 years, through the generous sponsorship of the THiP, she has offered Changing Keys, a program of speech and voice training (feminization) for trans people.