Friends, family and colleagues honor the legacy of Jay Browne (December 31, 1930 - January 13, 2013).
Jay was a driving force in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ontario for the past 30 years. Appointed Chair of the Ontario Public Education Panel on AIDS (OPEPA) in 1985, he went on to become the first Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Under his leadership, community funding increased and anonymous testing was introduced. More recently, in true Jay fashion, he came out of retirement to become acting executive director of the OHTN through some difficult transitions.
A long-time advocate for those most affected by HIV, Jay had unending compassion, empathy and respect for people living with HIV who he called "heroes". Jay was determined that the community leaders and activists who "provided the vision and energy for Ontario's response to AIDS" should never be forgotten. In the last two years of his life, he worked tirelessly to develop Project Remember: a timeline that commemorates the people and events that shaped the HIV movement in Ontario.
This video was originally published on the website of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) here.