Marliss Taylor is currently the Program Manager for the Streetworks program in Edmonton and sits on the Steering Committee for the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.
She received her Diploma in Nursing in 1982 and Degree in Nursing in 1992. After working for 11 years in adult and pediatric Intensive Care Units in Regina, Edmonton and San Antonio, she moved to the high Arctic. There, she received her certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing and worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the community of Kugluktuk, and Nurse Manager in the community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
In 1995, Ms. Taylor returned to Edmonton as the Program Manager of the Streetworks program and has worked in Harm Reduction for the past 20 years. She has been involved in Health Promotion/Harm Reduction Initiatives in Siberia and Guyana, and a multitude of local, provincial and national research projects.
In 2006, Ms. Taylor won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health and Medicine, and the Nursing Honour Society Community Leadership Award. In 2014, she was awarded the Clinical Innovation Award, also from the Nursing Honour Society.