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December 3, 2021

 

Thank you to our community for supporting our annual Red Scarf campaign!

On behalf of all of us at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, thank you to those who attended and contributed to our World AIDS Day vigil featuring Pride Men's Chorus London. We hope you will continue to honour and hold those we have lost in your hearts, and that you will also continue to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV in our community.

Thank you to everyone who wore a Red Scarf on World AIDS Day in solidarity with those living with HIV in our community. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for standing up to stigma, raising awareness, and making a donation in support of people living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV.

If you would still like to support RHAC's 2021 Red Scarf campaign, you can make a donation in support of RHAC's free programs and services at: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rhac/p2p/redscarf2021/

Thank you so much to our Red Scarf knitters from all across the counties for helping to build awareness and fight HIV-related stigma, including:

  • Karin 

  • Jocelyn 

  • Sandy 

  • Tara 

  • Marilyn 

  • Callie 

  • Sandra 

  • Julia 

  • Jean

  • Phyllis 

  • Rose

  • First-St. Andrew’s Church

  • The Knit Wits

  • Laurie Krempien-Hall and friends

  • London Public Library, Central Branch

  • Chartwell Parkhill Long Term Care Residence

We'd also like to thank the following local businesses for supporting Red Scarf this year:

  • David E. White

  • Regency Florists

  • Nova Vita Hair Studio & Esthetics

  • Wabi Sabi Hair + Body

 

 

December 1, 2021

 

Press play on World AIDS Day. RHAC has put together a list of short films, documentaries and series to learn more about the HIV/AIDS movement, past and present. Check out our curated list below for what to watch, and where to watch it, in honour of World AIDS Day (December 1). 

An educational video produced by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) that reflects on the history and lasting legacy of HIV/AIDS activism, art, and community care.

The acclaimed mini-series follows a group of friends navigating the early HIV/AIDS crisis in the United Kingdom during the 1980s. Available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in Canada.

The Academy Award-nominated film begins at the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City, following a group of AIDS activists and founders of the AIDS group ACT UP and their struggle for response from the United States government and medical establishment in developing effective HIV/AIDS medications. Learn more and find out where to watch, here!

Available on YouTube via the Canadian AIDS Activist History Project. According to its creators, this video was the first HIV/AIDS video produced for and by ACB communities in Canada. Learn more here.

Produced by the Anishinabek Nation HIV Program, these mini documentaries focus on de-stigmatizing HIV by using the stories of real people and their experiences:

  • RNA (Documentary, 2019)

In this short documentary film, Julian, a makeup artist in Toronto shares his story and explores what it means to live with HIV in the current era of the pandemic. 

Women's voices have rarely been heard on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada. This documentary film by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Alison Duke that tells the personal stories of four women living with HIV in Canada who bravely speak out on this important issue.

In commemoration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (December 17, 2016), the Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association partnered with University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health to premiere Our Bodies Our Business, a video compiling historic footage of sex workers’ rights activists at the 5th International Conference on AIDS in Montreal (1989) 

An educational video developed by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and CATIE, with and for Indigenous people living with HIV. Strong Medicine weaves together Indigenous knowledges of culture and wellness and Western knowledge of HIV testing and treatment to share accurate information about HIV testing and treatment. 

Directed by Hubert Davis, June's tells the story of Casey House's pop-up restaurant June's HIV+ Eatery, using the words of the HIV+ participants who challenged guests to eat a meal prepared by someone living with HIV.

 

 

 

November 29, 2021

Dear Community Stakeholder:

During the week of November 29, 2021, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is moving part of its operation to 602 Queens Ave. Later in the week, we will provide more details on the services that will be available at our new space and other information about our exciting new location. During our move week, there will be phone access disruptions, however you will be able to contact us through email or staff cell phones. We plan to be “open” for business on Monday, December 6th with COVID-19 safety measures still in place.  

Please Note: Carepoint Consumption and Treatment Services and Counterpoint Needle Syringe Program will remain at 186 King St. until 446 York Street is ready for occupancy.

Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to serving our community from our new location!

 

November 28, 2021

Community Wellness Series for Guys into Guys

This Fall, we're hosting a Community Wellness Series for guys into guys. These special events are the perfect opportunity to come together with community, do something fun, and learn a little more about your sexual health. Are you in?

Check out some of our upcoming events below and register with William at wmarchand@hivaidsconnection.ca or (519) 476-1545.

Please note: All participants will be asked to provide proof of double vaccination for the following events.


PrEP'ing for Sex

Sunday, November 28 (2-4 PM)

Innovation works (201 King St.)

Join us for "PrEP'ing for Sex" to talk about having great sex and preventing HIV with other guys into guys! We'll cover topics like: PrEP, PEP/PIP, other HIV prevention, HIV testing, U=U, hooking up and dating! This event will also include a draw for a gift basket, free grab bags and snacks/refreshments. Sign up with William at 519.476.1545 or wmarchand@hivaidsconnection.ca 

Please note: Proof of double-vaccination is required.


November 1, 2021

 

Attention: Community Partners/Collaborators, Contractors and Purchased Services,

In response to public health recommendations, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) has instituted a COVID-19 vaccination requirement as part of our ongoing pandemic response.

Effective Friday, November 19, 2021, only persons who are fully vaccinated or who are subject to routine rapid-antigen testing (and receive a negative test result within 72 hours of their attendance) will be permitted to perform services on behalf of RHAC.

Fully vaccinated is defined as having received two (2) doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of COVID-19 vaccines as recognized by Health Canada; and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

All contractors and service agreement agencies who perform services with or on behalf of RHAC are impacted by this requirement, as follows:

  • Any person who interacts with RHAC clients directly in-person on behalf of RHAC; and/or
  • Any person who interacts with RHAC staff who provide direct client care in-person (excludes limited interaction such as deliveries); and
  • Services are performed onsite at any RHAC location or temporary service location.

Agencies/Contractors/Community Partners must attest that their onsite personnel/representatives are fully vaccinated and that you have confirmed their vaccination status by viewing their proof of vaccination. Attestation also requires that you ensure any representing individuals who are not fully vaccinated complete a rapid-antigen COVID-19 test within 72 hours before attending an RHAC service location. RHAC has emailed the required attestation documentation to relevant stakeholders.

Should RHAC become subject to mandatory vaccination directives or receive further recommendation/guidance from public health, requirements extended to contracted service agencies/collaborators/partners may change in response. Future changes may include statistical reporting of applicability, compliance, and participation.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this requirement as we strive to maintain the health and safety of everyone serving the RHAC mission.

October 18, 2021

 

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is interested in receiving proposals from qualified individuals/organizations to provide a Diversity and Inclusion Assessment.

View and download the RFP here: RFP - Diversity and Inclusion Assessment

RFP inquiries will be entertained via email during the week of October 18th through to October 22nd at noon

Completed proposals including a draft work plan with proposed timelines can be emailed to Luke Nocent, Manager of Human Resources at lnocent@hivaidsconnection.ca. Proponents are solely responsible for ensuring Proposals are received prior to the closing date and time of: 4:30 PM on Friday November 5, 2021.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.

All email inquiries must be directed solely to Luke Nocent Manager of Human Resources at lnocent@hivaidsconnection.ca.


October 1, 2021

 

RHAC is proud to celebrate 2SLGTBQIA+ communities all year long. 

October is officially 2SLGBTQIA+ History Month, and this month we are reflecting on the historical and everyday achievments made by members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This October, and every day, we acknowledge the incredible ways that 2SLGBTQIA+ people make history and contribute to brighter futures.

 

September 30, 2021

 

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Today, we honour the children, survivors, families and communities affected by the residential school system. As an organization, we continue to acknowledge the harmful legacy and ongoing impact of atrocities committed against Indigenous communities. 

This is the first year that September 30 has been designated a federal statutory holiday. In addition to honouring this day through a circle ceremony and a moment of silence, RHAC will keep our doors and services open to continue providing essential services to community members. 

Here are some actions you can consider taking today (and everyday):

  1. Wear orange, in solidarity, to honour the experiences of the children, survivors, families and communities affected by residential schools. Visit orangeshirtday.org to learn more.
  2. Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
  3. Listen to the stories and experiences of residential school survivors, including books and media by Indigenous artists, authors and creators.
  4. Donate to Indigenous-led causes, like Atlohsa Family Healing Services.
  5. Acknowledge and learn more about the traditional territories you are living and working on. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-first-nations-maps or https://native-land.ca or https://www.caut.ca/content/guide-acknowledging-first-peoples-traditional-territory to get started.

 

September 30, 2021

 

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Today, we honour the children, survivors, families and communities affected by the residential school system. As an organization, we continue to acknowledge the harmful legacy and ongoing impact of atrocities committed against Indigenous communities. 

This is the first year that September 30 has been designated a federal statutory holiday. In addition to honouring this day through a circle ceremony and a moment of silence, RHAC will keep our doors and services open to continue providing essential services to community members. 

Here are some actions you can consider taking today (and everyday):

  1. Wear orange, in solidarity, to honour the experiences of the children, survivors, families and communities affected by residential schools. Visit orangeshirtday.org to learn more.
  2. Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
  3. Listen to the stories and experiences of residential school survivors, including books and media by Indigenous artists, authors and creators.
  4. Donate to Indigenous-led causes, like Atlohsa Family Healing Services.
  5. Acknowledge and learn more about the traditional territories you are living and working on. To get started, visit:

 

AGM

September 9, 2021

 

Please join us virtually on Thursday, September 9 from 6-7:30 PM for Regional HIV/AIDS Connection's Annual General Meeting (AGM) as we review our performance during the fiscal year, reflect on key impacts we have made in the community, and the election of new Board members.

Join virtually, via Zoom, here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88208213878

Review our 2020-21 Annual General Report here.

 

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