Chair, Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Shari Margolese has been an advocate for the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in all aspects of their care, including research, since shortly after her own HIV diagnosis in 1993.
Her work as a community consultant, researcher and knowledge translation expert includes various projects focusing on family and the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV. Most recently, Shari collaborated with the Kaiser Family Foundation to produce a public media campaign about the intersection of women, HIV and intimate partner violence in 2015. Shari is particularly proud of Family Matters , a current REACH project led by CAAN to research the effect of HIV on aboriginal families. Additionally, Shari is an accomplished international writer, speaker, and facilitator with additional expertise in media relations, community development, disclosure and positive parenting.
Shari’s research volunteer commitments have included CANCURE, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Ontario Study Cohort Governance Committee, and the Community Advisory Committees of both the CTN and the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC). She has also held an appointment to the CIHR HIV Research Advisory Committee (CHARAC).
At the community level, Shari has served in governance roles with important women’s health networks in Canada and internationally, VOPW, Blueprint for Action on Women and Girls and HIV and the ATHENA network.
Shari is an inductee to the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her extraordinary commitment to the HIV community.