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AIDS Candlelight Memorial

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People Living with HIV is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Since 1983, the memorial has taken place the 3rd Sunday of every May in 115 countries. Join VPWAS for the Victoria AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Victoria BC Join us by the fountains in Centennial Square at dusk for an informal gathering and open-mic. Date: Sunday May, 15 2016 […]

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VPWAS Scotiabank AIDS Walk #YYJ for Life Moving Forward, Promoting Grassroots Activism While Engaging our Community

[Victoria, BC – April 8, 2016] In looking for ways promote and integrate our history of grassroots activism while still engaging our community in meaningful ways, the Board and Staff of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS), in consultation with membership, staff, volunteers and allies has decided we will not participate in the 2016 “Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life”. VPWAS, along with the now-defunded Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Services Society (VARCS), have hosted this annual event […]

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Pants Off, Dance Off

Pants Off, Dance Off Thursday, April 14 at 10 PM – 2 AM Lucky Bar, Victoria 517 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia Facebook event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/131952577198253/ Come dance your pants off for a good cause! Youth Unleashing Power is Canada’s first national symposium created by and for HIV and HCV positive youth. All funds raised from this event will be used towards travel costs for youth attending the symposium this June. We are also gratefully accepting donations towards this and other […]

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From the Ocean to the Island “A comforting wreckage”

From the Ocean to the Island “A comforting wreckage” “My name is John (name has been changed for privacy) and I have been diagnosed with HIV since 1986”. This was the bulk of my introductory email sent to Michael Yoder, liaison at the Pozitively Connected support group in Victoria. Little that I knew what I would get in return for being forthcoming about my status and blindly reaching out for support. Yes, I have survived the 80’s and the 90’s, but […]

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Safe Spaces? No more hushed tones. Michael Yoder on creating spaces where POZ folks can talk freely in public

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Bernard M. Baruch  Here in Victoria we have a coffee group that meets weekly. When I was starting work with POZitively Connected, I was really clear that wherever possible, groups should happen out in the world rather than in an office. The group is primarily social – a way for gay guys living with HIV to connect with each, […]

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Youth Unleashing Power: a pozitive youth symposium

  Thank you to everyone who joined us this spring for Canada’s first national youth symposium. It was absolutely incredible to hear everyone’s stories and to have a group of participants who shared themselves and their truths so openly. The weekend was truly transformational; beyond the enlightening presentations, the relationship building and connections that were created during the weekend will be a source of strength for years to come. On behalf of the organizing committee, we’d like to especially acknowledge […]

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Pacific AIDS Network: HIV and the Law Toolkit

Laws around HIV disclosure are often complicated and may seem confusing. This resource page from the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) is intended to bring together in one place current resources that clearly outline the laws, rights and responsibilities for people living with HIV in Canada. As you will see, the resources found here are tailored to various audiences from people living with HIV, to service providers, lawyers and policy makers. Resources vary from brochures presenting specific information, to opinion pieces, […]

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City of Victoria: Proclamation, HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

As Proclaimed by Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria BC on November 26, 2015 HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015Read more

VictoriaNeeds.LGBT / VARCS Legacy

The VictoriaNeeds survey took place in July 2015 to determine the needs, desires,and support for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre inVictoria, BC. The survey received 482 responses, 82% of which were identified as from Greater Victoria. Over 84% of participants responded that there is a need for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre in Victoria. Space Priorities: large flexible space and health clinic were clear priorities across age groups and identities. Programming Priorities: social events, health, and advocacy were […]

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day Activities – 2015

WORLD AIDS DAY 2015 World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Around 71,300 are currently living with HIV in Canada and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 […]

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