Carly Welham

Pronouns: she, her, hers.

Carly is a settler originally from Cree territory in Manitoba who now lives in East Vancouver with her cat Riker. Her working life has largely focused on harm reduction and mental health, including working in government, the Knowledge Translation & Evaluation department at the Dr. Peter Center, teaching sex education in Montreal high schools with Head & Hands youth services, and responding to AIDS Community Care Montreal's online sex education helpline. Carly's graduate studies specialized in Indigenous Public Health and examined how environmental racism impacts food security and reproductive health. Carly likes to get nerdy about data visualization and finding creative ways to get people excited about research. She is a big fan of science fiction, baby goats, and gardening. 

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!