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 and researcher includes various community based research projects focusing on the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV. Most recently, Shari co-authored the Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines which were published in the Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in June 2012. Additionally, Shari is an accomplished writer, speaker and facilitator with expertise in community development, disclosure and positive parenting.
Shari’s current research volunteer commitments include 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 also holds an appointment to the CIHR HIV Research Advisory Committee (CHARAC).
At the community level, Shari is a steering committee member of two important women’s health networks in Canada and internationally, 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.