For more timely updates of goings on at VPWAS like us on facebook: Vancouver Island PWA Society and follow us on twitter: @vpwas

Please subscribe to our email newsletter or check out our calendar.

Archieve of VPWAS Newsletter


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 VICTORIA TO MARK WORLD HEPATITIS DAY VICTORIA, BC — On Thursday, July 28th, Victorians will join millions of people around the world in observing World Hepatitis Day, an international event focused on raising awareness of viral hepatitis and advocating for change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. Approximately 140,000 British Columbians suffer from chronic hepatitis B and C which scar the liver and can go undetected for years, even decades, before damage results […]

Read more

Youth and HIV disclosure at the Unleashing Power Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia

Original article published Tuesday, 28 June 2016 on In December 2015, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, Canadian Positive People Network Youth Caucus, and the HIV Disclosure Project collaborated in a survey for youth under 30 years old which focused on experiences of HIV disclosure. Hopefully, many of you were able to participate in this survey, which was designed by Muluba Habanyama and YouthCO, in collaboration with CPPN-RCPS and HIV Disclosure Project. Earlier this month, Muluba was able […]

Read more

Welcoming Martin to the VPWAS Team!

Welcoming Martin to the VPWAS Team! MARTIN is a self described 2 spirited Tlingit and Northern Tutchone young man from the Yukon Territory who currently lives in Victoria, BC. He is a Youth Mentor on the National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV. Martin has recovered from addictions / mental health that lasted over 17 years and believes that his lived experiences will play a vital role in his dream to become the help he needed so badly […]

Read more

Vancouver Island Welcomes HIV Positive Youth from across Canada

Vancouver Island Welcomes HIV Positive Youth from across Canada Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016 (Victoria, BC – June 2, 2016) Welcome! The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) welcomes HIV Positive Youth from across Canada to the first symposium created by and for pozitive Canadian youth. Youth aged 16-30, living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, will be gathering for Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016 from June 3-5 2016 on the […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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: 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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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, […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more
Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
Phone: 250.382.7927 | Fax: 250.382.3232 | Toll Free: 1.877.382.7927 | | |