Articles tagged with: ACCKWA

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

published: November, 13, 2014 Written by // Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond. Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Fundraisers, News Categories, Upcoming Events, Photography, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has been busy with his local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) putting his photography and new video creation skills to work on a World AIDS Day/Month event.

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye. From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma. We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give H

HIV and aging revisited – connecting with healthcare

published: June, 05, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

He has waited two and a half years but Wayne Bristow has finally been able to talk with future healthcare workers in his area, to educate them that we will be coming into care, what they need to know and the truth about people living with HIV

HIV and aging revisited – connecting with healthcare

On November 22, 2011 published my post called “On Getting Older”. In the post I wrote about being asked to sit on a panel at a symposium for a local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) on “HIV and Aging” that was aimed at the healthcare profession. At the end of the panel discussion I was asked to give a final thought, so I chose to speak on what I felt the healthcare industry needed to do to prepare for people living with HIV who may be coming into their facilities.  I

Photographic developing

published: December, 11, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how his hobby of photography has been turning in to something more.

Photographic developing

Last June I wrote about some photographic opportunities that were about to come my way and how I was looking forward to them. The truth is that since then photography has been taking up a lot of my time.  I participated in the art show I mentioned but no sales or inquiries came from it. I did get a paying assignment though. A company hired me to submit photos for their new website, some that would rotate at the top of the webpage. From that job I found out about a workshop called "'Good Stor

Sharing my story - but not condoms - with the Catholic School Board

published: November, 18, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

John Henry Rombough-Davie with a roundup of what he has been up to and what his agency has planned for World AIDS Day, December 1

I’m quite certain that everyone agrees that we live in a very sexual world, and no matter your beliefs or your grass roots, we’re all at risk of the unknowns.  This next week I will be doing two presentations in front of an audience of students where it’s been difficult to give out condoms, and it’s not the students or the teachers that are at fault.  I’m downright nervous as there is a part of me that is still shameful of my own past.  I’m not in denial when it comes to having

Free speech

published: October, 04, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

John Henry Rombough-Davie shares with us the speech he gave to commemorate his AIDS Service Organization's twenty-fifth anniversary on “The importance of having ACCKWA in my life.”

Good Afternoon Everyone.     My name is John Henry Rombough-Davie, I’m formerly from London, Ontario  where I was adopted as an infant in November, 1962.  My adoptive parents raised me as one of their own of course, and never judged me along the way. The reasons why I became a story teller……………….I was searching for ways to continue my everyday existence.  I’d been living a life of glory, you might say, with respect to my career as a professional

Just one more reason why HIV AIDS organizations are so vital

published: October, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The second in our tributes to the work an AIDS service organization does, in this case ACCKWA, by one of its volunteers, guest writer Joe Lethbridge.

Just one more reason why HIV AIDS organizations are so vital

  Yesterday afternoon was a first for me! Something I dreaded and seemed always to be sick for in school. PUBLIC SPEAKING.  Yesterday; was  the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)’s  25th anniversary Open House and I wanted  - NO -  HAD to do this. I have been involved for close to 20 years and still there is much stigma or lack of knowledge or in some cases simply not caring because “Ït will never affect me ”. I was


published: August, 28, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

John Henry Rombough-Davie with the story of how his AIDS Service Organization nourishes his personal growth.

I’ve been asked once again to partake in another speak with the VOLUNTEER ACTION CENTRE  (VAC) in Kitchener, with a message that read as follows: John, I was hoping to ask you to share your volunteer story once more; for the United Way's Day of Caring on September 19, the Volunteer Action Centre is working with a Day of Caring team to help develop their own volunteer stories and public speaking skills; it's been truly inspiring to see how the interview project you were a part of through VA

Public Speaking and Feedback

published: July, 30, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Ask for it, accept it, you will learn and gain confidence from it. Wayne Bristow with more tips on speaking publically about HIV.

Public Speaking and Feedback

You’ve just completed your first speak, you stood there for 20 frightening minutes, felt yourself shaking, a little sweat beading on our forehead, your knees wanted to give out. You stay just long enough to take one last look at your audience and try to read their faces. Running through your head are questions: did I get my message across, how much did they learn? All you seem to remember is that silence in the room and the muffled sound of your own voice in your head as you talked  - a