Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)

Réseau canadien des personnes séropositives (RCPS)

The CPPN acknowledges that its corporate office in Peterborough (ON) sits on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Missis​sauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory and in the Territory covered by the Williams Treaty, and that its operations and management office sits on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.  We recognize and deeply appreciate the contributions that Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples have made to shape and strengthen our local communities, our provinces and territories, and our country as a whole.

Le RCPS reconnaît que son bureau principal à Peterborough (ON) est situé sur le territoire traditionnel de la Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent au territoire de Haudenosaunee et sur le territoire couvert par le traité Williams, et que son bureau des opérations et de gestion se trouve sur le territoire traditionnel non cédé du Peuple Algonquin Anishnaabeg. Nous reconnaissons et apprécions profondément les contributions des Métis, des Inuits et des autres peuples autochtones à la formation et au renforcement de nos communautés locales, de nos provinces et territoires et de notre pays dans son ensemble.

Jeff Potts

Executive Director

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In personal life, Jeff Potts is a 51-year old gay man, father to five, and grandfather to four. Jeff is aging with HIV having received a once-fateful diagnosis in the early 90s, and he joined a second survivors’ community after a stroke at Thanksgiving 2016, and a second in January 2018.

His life’s work found him at CATIE in 1994, and, from there, he held key public service positions in the infectious disease portfolios at Health Canada, Correctional Service Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.  Today, Jeff is honoured to continue in his community service and humbled by his current role as the Canadian Positive People Network’s Executive Director.

In life and in life’s pursuits, Jeff shares a simple objective with Helen Keller. She once said, “I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”