This year, the Great Hall, of Hart House, University of Toronto was the venue for the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll reception. Everybody was there, including Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins.
The annual awards have four categories
The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award went to Art Zoccole, the popular Executive Director of 2-Spirited People of the First Nations; Art has a long history of working on issues relating to Aboriginal people and HIV.
Wangari Tharoi was presented with The Community Partners Award. Wangari is currently working as the Program and Research Manager at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community healthcare agency that provides primary healthcare services for African, Caribbean, Latin American, and South Asian women in the Toronto area.
The Caring Hands Award went to Karen Vance-Wallace. Karen served as the Executive Director, The Teresa Group for thirteen year and here career encompassed a wealth of experience in providing specialized services to children and their families affected by HIV.
This year’s recipient of The Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award was accepted by Maureen Owino on behalf of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT). CAAT’s contribution to the HIV sector is a unique one. It places the voices and leadership of immigrant, refugee and newcomer HIV-positive people at its forefront.
PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh spoke to each of the recipients after the awards ceremonies and asked each of them the question - “what does receiving this award mean to you?" The results are in the video below.
Congratulations to all four worthy winners.