Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

Published 26, Nov, 2012
Author // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

In a video interview with, Toronto PWA executive director Murray Jose reflects on his agency’s 25 years of serving people living with HIV.

Toronto PWA: 25 years of service

In 1987, a support group of people living with HIV formed the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (Toronto PWA).  

Although a great deal has changed over the past two-and-a-half decades, Toronto PWA has adapted as different needs have emerged. At its heart though, the agency is all about serving the community, struggling against HIV/AIDS and creating possibilities for people living with the virus. 

In his video interview with me below, executive director Murray Jose reflects on the growth and influence the organization has had and speaks about the challenges that still lie ahead. 

About the Author

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh is the publisher of He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications.  

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.