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Dec 16 2014 - 9:30am
Dear Premier Clark:   We are deeply concerned with the new criminal provisions introduced by the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which will undoubtedly result in serious harms against sex workers in this province and across Canada. As HIV/AIDS and human rights organizations based in British Columbia or with a Canada-wide mandate, we ask that you refer the Act to British Columbia’s Court of Appeal for it to determine the constitutionality of these provisions.   The Act, which received Royal Assent on November 6th, is the Government of Canada’s response to the 2013 ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Bedford. Sadly, it runs counter to the spirit and letter of the Supreme Court’s decision and will replicate the harms of the previous laws, which were found to be unconstitutional.  
Dec 11 2014 - 9:24am
POSITION TITLE: Harm Reduction Support Worker DEPARTMENT: Harm Reduction Services SUPERVISOR: Coordinator- Harm Reduction Services WAGE RATE: $20.72/hr HOURS: 32-35 hrs/week, schedule to be determined, weekend work required ______________________________________________________________________ JOB SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator- Harm Reduction Services, the Harm Reduction Support Workers will provide a broad range of low barrier, psycho-social supports to individuals accessing harm reduction programming and services at the Access Health Centre. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES 1. Harm reduction supply distribution and recovery. 2. Provides education and support to clients on safer drug use and safer sex, HIV, hepatitis C, and STIs.
Nov 24 2014 - 11:33am
November 24th to December 1st is Canadian AIDS Awareness week. December 1st marks World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. This is a time to commemorate those who have been lost due to the AIDS pandemic and an occasion to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and the stigma that people living with this disease experience in their lives. Between 2011-2015, the UNAIDS strategy and theme has been set as: "Getting to Zero.  Zero new Infections.  Zero discrimination.  Zero AID related deaths". This theme calls to all of us to have in active part in reducing stigma and increasing our level of testing and education in relation to HIV/AIDS. If you would like to be involved we have many activities happening around Vancouver Island over the next few weeks. Come show your support and solidarity by attending any of the events listed below. AVI South Island Events  
Nov 19 2014 - 4:37pm
Tomorrow (Nov 20th) is a day of remembrance for those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event was originally started by Gwendolyn Anne Smith, a transgender woman, to honour Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman who was murdered on November 28th, 1998. The day is opportunity to come together both in remembrance and celebration of transgender lives and their stories. Below are the guiding principles developed by the organizers of the Day of Remembrance.
Nov 14 2014 - 2:40pm
Now in its third year, the “We Are Here” anti-HIV stigma project involves local people living with HIV sharing their personal stories with their fellow Victorians, reminding us all that HIV doesn’t just happen elsewhere – it happens right here, too. Craig Dales, Executive Director of VPWAS says “This is an important way to decrease the stigma of living with HIV and educate the community about the realities of living with HIV. Everyone’s story is important.”
Sep 3 2014 - 10:03pm
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL   POSITION TITLE: Harm Reduction Counsellor   CATEGORY: Regular/Full-time   DEPARTMENT: Client Services  
Jul 3 2014 - 3:16pm
POSITION TITLE: Client Services/Harm Reduction Worker- 1 position for 37.5hrs/week, 1 position for casual/on call. These positions will serve the Port Hardy and Mount Waddington regions. SUPERVISIOR: Onsite Manager and the Director of Programs BARGAINING UNIT: Health Services & Support Community Subsector Association CLASSIFICATION: GRID 10 JOB SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Director of Programs, or designate, the Client Services/Harm Reduction worker is responsible for the provision and delivery of direct services to persons living in Port Hardy and the Mount Waddington Region. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES 1. Provides harm reduction supplies and education. 2. Provides information on safer drug use, safer sex, HIV/hepatitis C, and other STIs.
Jul 3 2014 - 3:13pm
POSITION TITLE:  North Island Youth Peer Outreach Worker– Courtenay/Campbell River- Part time, 16 hrs per week DEPARTMENT:  Health Promotion and Community Development SUPERVISIOR:  Manager, Courtenay Regional offices. BARGAINING UNIT: Health Services & Support Community Subsector Association CLASSIFICATION:  Grid 10 JOB SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of the Manager of the Courtenay regional office, the North Island Youth Peer Outreach Worker provides and coordinates community based education and support for high-risk youth regarding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, safer sex and substance use, homophobia/heterosexism and sexual decision-making to a variety of audiences in the North Island Health Region as a means of increasing youth-at-risk awareness of HIV, HCV, STIs and peer/ community support, and reducing the further incidence of HIV and related blood-borne illnesses among high-risk youth.
Jun 17 2014 - 11:19am
On June 24th, the 3rd annual Convergence for People who Use Illicit Drugs will gather over 60 members of the downtown community along with 25 invited 'allies', to provide vital political perspectives on some of the issues that alienate and threaten the urban poor. Thanks so much to the Professional Employees Union, who has granted $250 towards the funding of the conference! We appreciate your support.
Jun 9 2014 - 10:36am
CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE: An AIDS-free Generation: What will it take? Part 2: Tackling the Structural & Social Determinants of Health Join us as we engage in an evening of dialogue and debate focused on how tackling the structural and social determinants of health is an essential component of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This event is free and requires RSVP. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Monday, June 23, 6:30-9pm Maple Room, Strathcona Hotel 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC RSVP: Featuring short presentations by: