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Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Activism, Events, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy

Bob Leahy says you have until February 13 to apply: you should consider going out and meeting HIVers from all across Canada

Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has announced that the 2015 People Living with HIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society AGM will be held June 12-15 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. Scholarship application forms for those people living with HIV wishing to attend and requiring financial assistance to do so are now available on their website. 

What is the Canadian AIDS Society? It’s a national coalition of numerous community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Its goal is to strengthen the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, while working to enrich the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. They accomplish this by speaking on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitating the development of programs, services and resources for their member groups, and providing a national framework for community-based participation in Canada’s response to AIDS.

I have had strong connections with CAS over the years. For a long time I have attended the forums and AGM’s as an HIV+ delegate of my local AIDS Service Organization, PARN. I was even on the board of CAS for a couple of years. I know what challenges the organization faces.  I also know, at their best, how empowering and powerful the meetings can be - the chance to meet other people living with HIV from across Canada to share ideas, forge new relationships and to get a taste of what the response to HIV on a national scale looks like. You can participate in forging it, even.

I enjoy going to Ottawa for these affairs too. It’s a lovely city to visit and explore in the summer. I know that scholarships are limited, but please consider applying for one. Talk to your local AIDS Service Organization about it – they will likely be a member of CAS too – and they will be familiar with this process, if you want to know more. But you don’t have to be affiliated with any organization to apply for a scholarship to the Forum.

Within the HIV movement, we often talk about GIPA – the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS. Events like this are prime examples of not only seeing it in action, but being part of the action.

Here are the details provided to us by the Canadian AIDS Society.

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Scholarship application form - 2015 PLWHIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society Annual Meeting

The 2015 PLWHIV/AIDS Forum and Canadian AIDS Society Annual Meeting (AM) will be held June 12 – 15, 2015 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.

The PLWHIV/AIDS Forum will be held June 12 and 13, 2015.

The CAS Annual Meeting will be held June 14 and 15, 2015.

The scholarship application forms for both the Forum and AM are now available for download on the CAS website

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for both events, you must submit separate forms.

The forms are in PDF and in Word formats.

The submission deadline for the scholarship applications is February 13, 2015.

The registration kits for the PLWHIV/AIDS Forum and CAS AM will be available at a later date.

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