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February 15, 2019
On Monday, February 18, RHAC will be closed for Family Day. We wish you a happy + healthy long weekend!
February 7, 2019
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection’s Volunteer Awards highlight how volunteers have enhanced the delivery of our mission in the counties we serve. Volunteer participation is a key element to the success of RHAC. The intention of these awards is to demonstrate our profound appreciation of volunteers’ contributions. The awards celebrate volunteers who embody our value statement: “The courage to do what is right” and embrace our vision of Voice, Knowledge and Hope while exemplifying our guiding principles.
If you know of an outstanding individual or committee that has demonstrated Voice, Knowledge or Hope, consider nominating them for a Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) Volunteer Award.
Who is eligible?
Any RHAC volunteer who has recorded volunteer hours between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. An individual can only receive each of the Voice, Knowledge or Hope awards once. However, an individual can be nominated multiple times.
Who can nominate someone for an award?
Due to the intent of these awards, self-nominations will not be considered. Self-nomination occurs when the volunteer nominates themselves for an award. RHAC employees, board members, clients, volunteers and members of the public and community partner organizations can nominate.
February 4, 2019
Due to circumstances beyond our control, effective Monday February 4th, access to and from the TOPS and the Needle and Syringe Program will only be through the North Door (the entrance facing Dundas Street).
For those coming to a meeting or to volunteer please buzz RHAC at the front door.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
February 1, 2019
February marks Black History Month and February 7th is African, Caribbean & Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Stigma and discrimination based on gender, race and sexual orientation are significant barriers to HIV prevention in African, Caribbean & Black (ACB) communities and can negatively impact HIV testing rates and the ability of people living with HIV to seek the treatment, care and support they need. Open discussion about stigma and health issues in ACB communities, helps to inform people about their options. Together communities can encourage testing, treatment and proper care, and address issues such as stigma and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.
Check out these events happening in the community to celebrate ACB culture and history:
January 28, 2019
Opening Doors 2019: Emerging Trends in Changing Times
Conference Date: February 21st & 22nd, 2019
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
277 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, ON N9A 5K4
On February 21st & 22nd, 2019, Opening Doors empowering program focuses on positive change within the HIV/AIDS community and as society as a whole. This annual conference helps to enhance the quality of counselling services in mental and physical health and to better meet the needs of our local community.
We welcome clients, service providers, students and volunteers to join us!
$25.00 for Service Providers
$15.00 for Students
Free for PHAs and Family
Please note: Registration fees are not payable online. We accept credit card, cash or cheque. Payment will be made during registration at the conference.
Cheques payable to: Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
Registration details will be emailed, so please ensure proper email address is provided during registration.
Agenda coming soon!
Complimentary shared accommodations are available for out of town attendees. Selections for accommodations and bus transportation may be made while registering.
*Private accommodations are available for a fee of $45 per room (payable at conference registration)
Complimentary bus transportation is available for out of town attendees. Bus pick up will start at RHAC, London, departing at 1:00pm. The bus will make one stop at St. Andrew's Church, 85 William Street, Chatham.
Transportation request may be made during registration.
For inquiries contact Kelly Wright, Director of HIV Support Services at KWright@hivaidsconnection.ca
January 24, 2019
Interested in volunteering with RHAC? Come to our volunteer orientation on January 24th from 6:30-8:30pm where our Volunteer Service Coordinator, Fran Mckeown, will cover everything you need to know to volunteer at RHAC including an HIV basics session.
For more info on volunteering visit:
December 18, 2018
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection was excited to learn that the federal government has removed a barrier in the application process for Safe Consumption Sites (SCS) across Canada. In Ontario, this means that regions in urgent need of support will be able to work directly with Federal representatives to receive exemptions for new sites with the goal of reducing overdoses, linking people who use drugs to care and dramatically reducing the potential for new HIV acquisitions by providing clean equipment and accurate, up-to-date information to people accessing these services.
This announcement did not offer any funding— therefore, those wishing to respond to the opioid crisis responsible for sourcing the funds required to support service delivery. In short, this change has incredible potential to improve the lives of all Canadians – especially those in Ontario who are at increased systemic risk of HIV acquisition and/or overdose in both urban and rural settings.
December 12, 2018
Happy Holidays from RHAC!
Please note the upcoming Agency Holiday Hours:
During holiday hours we will have North door access only.
Schedule For Holidays
Monday, December 24 Agency open Mon 9 – 12 - Counterpoint and Temporary Overdose Prevention Site: 9 – 4pm
Tuesday, December 25 Agency Closed
Wednesday, December 26 Agency Closed
Thursday, December 27 Agency (including Counterpoint and TOPS) open 9 – 5pm
Friday, December 28 Agency (including Counterpoint and TOPS) open 9 – 5pm
Monday December 31 Agency open 9 – 3pm – Counterpoint and TOPS: 9 – 5pm
Tuesday, January 1 Agency Closed
November 26, 2018
Join us in your area to remember those we have lost from HIV/AIDS, celebrate and honour their lives, and hope for a cure in the future. For World AIDS Day, we are hosting two World AIDS Day vigils in Stratford and London:
Stratford World AIDS Day Vigil
Please join us for a night of remembrance at the annual Stratford AIDS Vigil on November 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the Community of Christ Church. Leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1, we will be taking time to remember those we have lost from HIV/AIDS. Community members will be lighting candles to remember, celebrate, honour and cure.
Light refreshments and snacks provided. Doors open at 7pm.
Please RSVP at email@example.com.
London World AIDS Day Vigil
Please join us for a night of remembrance at the annual World AIDS Vigil on December 1 from 7-8pm at the Trinity United Church. On World AIDS Day on December 1, we will be taking time to remember those we have lost from HIV/AIDS. Community members will be lighting candles to remember, celebrate, honour and cure. Doors open at 6:30pm and refreshments served.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there to join the community in remembrance.
November 18, 2018
Red Scarf will be at London's 2nd Annual Handmade Only Christmas Craft Sale on Sunday, November 18th at Centennial Hall from 10:00-3:00PM!
Every Red Scarf is handmade by community volunteers and stands as a powerful symbol of HIV/AIDS Awareness.
Since 2012, our community has handcrafted over 7,000 scarves for HIV/AIDS awareness. Like the red ribbon, the red scarf is a symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Make sure to stop by our pop-up and pick up a red scarf to help raise awareness and end the stigma around HIV/AIDS.