SafeGames is a partnership made up of local, national, and international harm-reduction and advocacy organisations, working to ensure that Vancouver residents and international visitors celebrate safely during Vancouver’s Winter Olympics. Please visit the Partners page for more information about our consortium members.

SafeGames 2010 Staff

Gillian Maxwell

Project Director

Gillian Maxwell has been an entrepreneur in Vancouver for over twenty years. She is a founding member of the Canadian Drug Policy Consortium – a new national organisation representing NGO’s across Canada; and chair of “Keeping the Door Open: Dialogues on Drug Use” (KDO). KDO is a multi-sectoral community-based coalition that organises dialogues on problematic substance use to educate and inform public policy.   Gillian is trained in mediation and negotiation, with a range of experience that includes public speaking, facilitation, mediation, coaching, networking, advocacy and organising public events. She speaks about harm reduction and drug policy reform nationally and internationally, and arranges tours and interviews for visitors from around the world with Vancouver’s harm reduction and drug policy community.

She was invited to speak at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006 and at Concordia University in Montreal in 2008. She was the co-regional lead of the North American Consultation for the United Nations Vienna Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Committee (VNGOC). This initiative, called “Beyond 2008,” seeks to involve a wide sector of civil society in raising awareness of global drug policies.

Gillian is passionate about people and community. She is a catalyst for change and works diligently to make it happen in various and creative ways, ranging from transformational processes to the human rights movement, which has currently brought her into the area of reforming drug policy for all currently illegal substances.  She is delighted to bring SafeGames2010 to Vancouver, offering harm reduction to the mainstream of society; and highlighting Vancouver’s status as North America’s leader in effective, leading-edge harm reduction initiatives and drug policies.

Luciano Colonna


Luciano Colonna is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at New York’s Columbia University. Luciano is also an international consultant in public health and policy, currently conducting research, developing interventions, and providing technical assistance on projects in Eastern Europe, South East Asia, and North America. He is the Chairperson of the Global Working Group on Amphetamine Type Stimulants, and is a member of the Expert Group for the “Youth RISE “Up for HIV Prevention Project.

In addition to founding the SafeGames Project, Mr. Colonna organized and implemented the 2005 and 2007 US National Conferences on Methamphetamine, HIV and Hepatitis, and the 2008 Global Conference on Methamphetamine in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information about the SafeGames Project, please visit ~

Sarah Spencer

Event Coordinator

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia where she majored in both History and Political Science. Having focused on international relations, democracy and development, and civil society in her studies, she has developed a keen interest in social policy. Sarah has volunteered with the BC Persons With AIDS Society’s Positive Prevention department over the past two years, which has served to enhance her interest in and understanding of HIV/AIDS related issues locally and internationally. It is her hope to build on these experiences when she returns to  school for her graduate studies.

Kyle Cashen

Volunteer Coordinator

Kyle Cashen is a social worker focusing on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C support and general prevention through outreach and support services. He recently relocated to Vancouver from the Yukon Territory, where he received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina through Yukon College

Special Thanks

Wayne Ralph

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