Katrina Koehn

Pronouns: she, her, hers.

Katrina joined YouthCO as a board member in 2018, and is currently in the final year of her studies at Simon Fraser. She has worked as a research assistant at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS for almost 3 years, and has studied topics such as food security and supportive housing. Katrina is passionate about community-based research, and turning knowledge into action. Growing up in Metro Vancouver, she enjoys cycling in the rain, dry humour, and getting lost in reddit forums. She also dabbles in the Vancouver brewery scene, particularly because they close early, which fits well with her bedtime schedule.

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!