Amber Streukens is an Alberta-born settler, gratefully living and working on unceded Ktunaxa, Sinixt, and Sylix territories. As a person with lived experience, she finds joy and empowerment working as a Peer Navigator at ANKORS in Nelson and Peer Coordinator with REDUN throughout the Kootenay region. In addition to lived experience of illicit substance use and homelessness, Amber has an academic background in social justice research, as well as mental health and addictions, and has a strong commitment to advocacy and social justice organizing. She sits on her local CAT, the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force, and participated as a peer member of CAI’s 2019 OPEN evaluation steering committee. Sitting on the BCYADWS board as a rural representative for the Kootenay-Boundary region, Amber’s primary focus is on the unique issues faced by PWLLE in rural areas and on seeking ways to develop and enhance the work of drug user groups in remote locations.