Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts was and remains motivated by his own HIV infection twenty-five years ago.  In his life and his career, Jeff is inspired by Helen Keller and shares this goal: "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." 

Jeff was a national programs consultant at the Canadian AIDS Society from November 2014 until January 2016.  Before that, he was a long-time public servant. His last position was with the Public Health Agency of Canada as the (national) manager of the Hepatitis C Prevention, Support and Research Program.  Before that, he held health portfolio positions at Health Canada and at Correctional Service Canada; and before that (way back), he was one of the earliest representatives of CATIE. Over the years, Jeff has spoken about and/or represented public health policy and programs on countless occasions across Canada, and at international meetings in more than twelve countries around the world.  Jeff is a proud and active member of the Canadian Positive People Network (the CPPN) where he shares unyielding resolve to improve and protect the health, quality of life and social condition of people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada - and everywhere! 

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Jeff Potts

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Media, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

Doors did open; it was magical!

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Conferences, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts on a recent HIV conference, Eastern Ontario Opening Doors, that included “an unparalleled awakening, an awe-inspiring and emotional moment in time" - U=U and much more

Doors did open; it was magical!

The view from Glen House Resort, Gananoque We pulled up to the main entrance of the Glen House Resort, near Gananoque, Ontario  on a wonderful Wednesday afternoon, under sunny Springtime skies, and we were warmly greeted by a small group of early arrivers – most of whom I know; none of whom Paul had opportunity to meet before that moment. We registered for the 25th Eastern Ontario Opening Doors conference ready to participate together at an HIV-inspired event… simply as our sero-discord

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Jeff Potts

“The darkness we perceive is actually light” say Ottawa-based partners and soul-mates Jeff and Paul in their first collaborative piece

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

We both live with HIV, but HIV only lives with one of us; we both had a near-death experience recently, but only one of us nearly left the other behind. It might be easy to perceive darkness in these realities. For us, though, these and all of the situations and circumstances we’ve shared over two-and-a-half decades together represent opportunity, humility, and gratitude; they represent light. We have wanted to collaborate on a piece of written-work for a long, long time.  This is it…

Post stroke reality: Jeff Potts checks in on the triumphs and challenges.

published: January, 30, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts recently broke silence on social media to talk about his recovery and life in general post-stroke.

Post stroke reality: Jeff Potts checks in on the triumphs and challenges.

So... though not consciously, it seems that I have decidedly taken a break from social media interactions. Over the last few days, a number of you have reached out to me privately wondering what the heck is going on. Thanks for that... and I'm sorry to have been on the silent side. In answer to the questions I've been asked by a number of you, why not a missive to share this update about the post-stroke world I find myself living in. First and foremost, my recovery is slow, but sure. A numb

Jeff Potts is home and doing well – but still facing major challenges

published: December, 22, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

Our popular Ottawa-based contributor Jeff Potts who suffered a stroke a few months ago provides a pre-Christmas update on how he is doing

Jeff Potts is home and doing well – but still facing major challenges

I am so incredibly glad to be home from hospital, but can't deny that being at home has meant making some significant adjustments.  I am improving every single day, but still have a long recovery road ahead I think. I am eating regular foods, but have some lingering affect in my throat and neck muscles, so my diet remains restricted (no mixed textures; no clear fluids while eating... so no chicken soup, lol).  I am walking, but very slowly and not without a mobility device (walker or cane).

Making more steps towards recovery: Jeff Potts checks in.

published: November, 10, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

"I'm just so excited to realize that that I'll be sharing Christmas dinner in my home with my family... I don't care how chewed up the turkey is!" says Jeff Potts

Making more steps towards recovery: Jeff Potts checks in.

Editors' note: for those who are not aware, our friend, HIV advocate and PositiveLite.com contributor Jeff Potts recently suffered a stroke which caused more damage than originally thought and has left him with what could be a long road to full recovery. Jeff is still in hospital but has been checking in on FaceBook to let us all know how he's doing.  Hey there family and friends! I saw today's update posts from Connie Cole and Paul Kenney and thought I'd check in myself this evening. I

Jeff Potts reports "from the left side of my stroke"

published: October, 24, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

"I'm stubborn and determined!" Recovering after last week's stroke, Jeff Potts checks in with friends and family.

Jeff Potts reports

Editors' note: for those who are not aware, our friend, HIV advocate and PositiveLite.com contributor Jeff Potts recently suffered a stroke which caused more damage than originally thought and has left him with what could be a long road to full recovery. Jeff is still in hospital but on October 21 he checked in on FaceBook to let us all know how he's doing. Here's what he wrote. ********** Greetings family and friends… from the left side of my stroke! (forgive the tome) I know that Paul,

After Alabama… just one perspective

published: May, 30, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Jeff Potts reports back on the "HIV is not a crime" training academy for those advocating against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

After Alabama… just one perspective

Once a trusted advisor to the President of the United States, Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela was convicted of an alleged aggravated assault for HIV exposure in 2012, and he spent 272 days in a military prison. Kerry Thomas is living with HIV and an undetectable viral load. Even though he used condoms, and despite the fact that he never transmitted HIV, Kerry was convicted for non-disclosure of his HIV-positive status and was sentenced to 30 years in the Idaho State Correctional Cent

Community reacts to Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) at Opening Doors

published: May, 10, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

New author Jeff Potts reflects on fielding some really tough questions from an incredibly intuitive group of peers, people living with HIV, at a recent meeting in Eastern Ontario

Community reacts to Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) at Opening Doors

At the end of April, I was in my car for a two-hour (ish) drive home.  It was a quiet ride – just me with my thoughts (and there were many).  I contemplate often about many things (probably too many things too often), but this was different… different in ways that I realize I am still processing.  The experience I was driving home from moved me.  It inspired me.  And, it made me wonder.  I didn’t realize it at the time (at least, not consciously), but it struck me as I made my way