Shohan Illsley

The 595 Prevention Team

Steering Committee

Shohan Illsley was raised in Northern Manitoba; The Pas and Churchill. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother of four children. She resides with her family in Winnipeg. Shohan and her husband are raising their children with Indigenous knowledge and ceremony. They work everyday to incorporate the legacy of colonization and residential school into their own children’s resiliency.

Shohan is the Executive Director of The 595 Prevention Team (formerly the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network) located in Winnipeg and she has worked in harm reduction since 2000. Her work experience has included working with the most underserved populations that are impacted by mental health, addictions, homelessness, HIV and Hepatitis C.

Shohan completed a Master’s of Science at the University of Manitoba. She was the recipient of a CIHR grant which funded a community based research project titled “What goes around: How peers use their social networks to share STBBI education and information.” Shohan works from the foundation that people are experts in their own lives!

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