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Bob Leahy

Bob Leahy

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s campaign, along with founder Brian Finch.  He joined at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.


Ontario Honour Roll Awards

Monday, 30 November 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Bob Leahy was at last week's reception in Toronto to honour this year’s three worthy inductees. Past honouree Bob Leahy reports

Ontario Honour Roll Awards

Tonight we tale a brief pause from our non-stop fight against HIV to congratulate key players and reflect on their individual and our collective efforts. Ontario has a rich history of outstanding work and personal sacrifice in this fight. Whether working in a laboratory or on the streets, in a board room or at a podium, providing a helping hand or listening ear, volunteering, mentoring or peforming, together  we are stronger and together we are making a difference. 

Ontario AIDS Network

This year’s event was held at One King West, Toronto. It is always fascinating to see our peers and colleagues dressed up and the location served them well - a classy high-ceilinged space that was once a banking hall. And a podium straight out of Hollywood!

The short but fun ceremony featured the always bubbly Marvelous Muchenje-Marisa receiving the Person with HIV Leadership Award, the clearly thrilled Lynn Cashubec receiving the Caring Hands Award and a beaming Dr. Josephine Pui-Hing Wong receiving the Community Partners Award.

In her acceptance speech at the shining crystal podium, Marvelous (above), a well-known face originally from Zimbabwe who is currently the Community Health Coordinator at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands in Torointo called up her husband to join her. She recalled how she used to get knots in her stomach when joining the group but how she now needs and loves it. She recalled 15 years living with HIV and expressed her gratitude for being able to do what she does. Those who know Marvelous know she is aptly named indeed.

In a lively acceptance speech Lynn Cashubec (above left), Coordinator of Volunteer and Peer Engagement at the AIDS Committee of Kitchener Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) recalled winning a scholarship to go the International AIDS Conference in 2006 and how that experience changed her life. “It made me open to people I never knew before - and there are some freaking incredible people in this world.” She said she was astonished at receiving the award. “I thought you either have to be living with HIV and be doing astounding work, or if you’re not living with HIV, like me, you have to be like next to God.” She paid tribute to colleague Yvette Perrault and also to Former Ontario Network ED Rick Kennedy for giving her the title “PHA at Heart.”

The petite Dr. Josephine Pui-HIng Wong (right)  who has worked in the field for twenty years charmed the audience by acknowledging with gratitude “the wisdom, solidarity, love and genuine connection that many in this room have generously bestowed upon me. I have learned  to connect with happiness and joy in moments of despair because i have witnessed the courage and resilience of so many men and women living with HIV, I have learned to count my blessings and know that my life has been enriched by the work I do with you.” she said before encouraging her friends and colleagues to join her on stage.

The evening, the 20th annual such event in the Ontario AIDS Network’s history, was sponsored by Gilead and the BMO Financial Group.

Photos by Bob Leahy