World AIDS Day and AIDS Awareness Week Events 2014

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Memorial and Reception
Sponsoring Agency:
When: Monday, Dec. 1st at 7:00pm
Where: Memorial (Rotary Park) and Reception (Street Angels, #46 17th Ave S)
Event Details/Contact:  Gary Dalton, 1-250-426-3383


World AIDS Day Celebration
Sponsoring Agency: ASK Wellness Society
When: Monday, Dec. 1st @3:30 – 6:00pm
Where: ASK Wellness Society, 433 Tranquille Road
Event Details/Contact:  Christmas cheer and social gathering.  LIVE Jazz band, wonderful food made by Cookie Reimer and a candlelight vigil to honor those whom we have lost globally.
Onsite HIV, HCV and Syphilis testing by the IHA Outreach Nurses and Public Health Street Nurses.
Contact Kira Haug 250376 7558 x 224


World AIDS Day – Kelowna Art Gala
Sponsoring Agency: Living Positive Resource Centre
When: Saturday, Nov. 29 @7:00pm
Where: Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis St, Kelowna
Cost: $25
Event Details/Contact: 
The World AIDS Day Kelowna Art Gala is a simple, yet elegant event commemorating World AIDS Day through an artistic medium. Local celebrities have commissioned pieces of art inspired by HIV/AIDS, and local artist Marissa Brown will be live painting throughout the event. A silent auction will allow guests to take home these pieces, the funds of which will be donated to the Living Positive Resource Centre’s Emergency Relief Fund. Guests will enjoy local wine, beer and passed hors d’ouevres while listening to the funky, soulful beats of popular local DJ Rumpus Room.



3rd Annual “We Are Here: An Evening of Storytelling” – A World AIDS Day event
Sponsoring Agency: AIDS Vancouver Island and Vancouver Island Persons with AIDS Society
When: November 24th, 7:00- 8:30pm
Where: Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria
Cost: By donation
Event Details/Contact:  Also, be sure to check out various branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library for the “We Are Here” storyboard art installation, on display Nov. 22nd-Dec. 6th – a series of local HIV+ folks share their stories, in image and print, as a way to bust HIV stigma, and raise community awareness in the lower island region. Check out for more info!
As part of AIDS Awareness Week, the ‘We Are Here’ project is a joint partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) The Belfry Theatre, AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) and the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS).


Rock Your Awareness Fundraiser and Party
Sponsoring Agency: AIDS Vancouver Island
When: Saturday, Nov. 29 @9:00pm – 1:00am
Where: Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook St, Victoria
Cost: $10
Event Details/Contact:
Raffles, prizes and much more. The Bands: AK47 (Political hardcore), Crashing Into Things (Alternative Rock), Killer Campground (Pop Punk) and Hearse (Folk Cabaret). Check the Facebook page for details.


Movie Monday: “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP”
Sponsoring Agency:
VPWAS will be co-hosting with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)
Monday, Dec. 1 @6:30pm
Eric Martin Pavilion in the 1900 block of Fort St. Victoria
Free, donations welcome
Event Details/Contact: 
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.


Blood Blitz Day
Sponsoring Agency:AIDS Vancouver Island, North Island Liver Services, and Island Health
When: Wednesday, Nov. 26
Where: AVI, 1371 Cedar St, Campbell River
Event Details/Contact: flu shots, POC tests, access to health services, snacks, and information related to harm reduction, HIV, hepatitis C, and health promotion.


“Positive Women: Exposing Injustice” Film Screening
Sponsoring Agency:
North Island Immigrant Welcome Centre
When: Nov. 26th & 27th @6:00pm
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Comox Valley Camp
Event Details/Contact:  North Island Immigrant Welcome Centre’s Media Matters film series presents “Positive Women: Exposing Injustice”. AVI will be setting up an information table, answer any questions, and provide updates on the Supreme Court decision


Women’s Health Fair
Sponsoring Agency: AIDS Vancouver Island
When: Thursday, Nov. 27th @1:00 – 4:00pm
Where: Rose Harbour, Campbell River
Event Details/Contact: AVI will be there, hosting a table on sexual health, HIV, HCV and STI information. Free HIV Point of Care testing will also be available onsite.


“Fire In the Blood” Film Screening
Sponsoring Agency: Island College Global Learning Initiative
When: Monday, Dec. 1
Where: Details coming soon
Event Details/Contact: This riveting documentary about the mass devastation brought about in Africa, Asia and other parts of the global South due to intentional obstruction of low-cost antiretroviral drug to treat HIV will be sure to inspire action and debate. For more information, contact Heidi Exner, [email protected]


Homalca Reserve Health Fair
Sponsoring Agency:
AVI and Homalca Health Centre
When: Thursday, Dec. 8th @2:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Homalca Health Centre, Campbell River|
Event Details/Contact:  Come learn about the various community health supports available at the Homolco First Nations health fair! AVI will be there, hosting an info-booth and support.


World AIDS Day window display
Sponsoring agency: AIDS Vancouver Island, Comox Valley Transition House, and Too Good To Be Threw Thrift Shop
Date: November 25-December 8
Location: 367 6th Street, Courtenay
Event details:  window display


Nanaimo AVI moves to a new space
Sponsoring Agency: AIDS Vancouver Island Health Centre
Date: December 1
Location: 102- 55 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo
Event details: We are opening our new offices on December 1st! Services between AVI Health Centre and AVI Nanaimo will be collocating in this new space!
Light snacks and refreshments will be offered for community partners and clients between 11am and 2pm.



Film Screening: We Were Here
Sponsoring Agency:
Blood Ties Four Directions
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30th @ 7:00pm
Where: The Old Fire Hall, 1105 Front St, Whitehorse
Cost: Entry and popcorn by donation/pay what you can!
Event Details/Contact: With Guest Speaker Stephen Dunbar-Edge (doors open at 6:30)


World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil and Dinner
Sponsoring Agency:
Positive Living North
When: Monday, Dec. 1st @4:00 – 6:00pm
Where: The Fire Pit Cultural Drop-In Centre, 1120 Third Avenue, Prince George
Event Details/Contact: Positive Living North commemorates this day with the World AIDS Day Vigil. Please join us for a moment of silence and remembrance to honour those living with HIV and those we have lost to AIDS.  The formal portion of the agenda will be followed by a dinner.  Please contact PLN for further information.
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 21st WAD event at Carnegie Community Centre
Sponsoring Agency:
Consumers’ Board, AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC, Vancouver Native Health, & PHS
Monday Dec. 1, 9:00 AM-9:00PM
: 401 Main St, Vancouver
Event Details: 2014 WAD Program (pdf)


Hep C Event and Dinner
Sponsoring Agency:
Consumers’ Board and Positive Living BC
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5:00-9:00 PM
401 Main St, Vancouver


Voices of Hope
Sponsoring Agency:
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Saturday, Nov. 29, Doors open at 7pm and the Concert starts at 7:30pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St., Vancouver
By donation (suggested donation of $20)
Event Details/Contact:
[email protected], Voices of Hope


World AIDS Day Open House & Food Drive
Sponsoring Agency:
AIDS Vancouver
Location: 1107 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Date: Monday, Dec. 1 @10:00am – 6:00pm
Price: By donation, either funds or food
Website/Details:       Phone: 604-842-1322
Join Bif Naked and Ryan Steele on December 1st to donate funds and/or non-perishable food items to AIDS Vancouver’s annual World AIDS Day Food Drive in support of its Holiday Grocery Program. The program feeds more than 800 people in need every month. Funds are used to purchase fresh food items such as fruit, vegetables and dairy products to help keep healthy our immune-compromised clients. Check out our website for more information. Drop by, donate, be entertained and entered to win 2 tickets anywhere WestJet flies.


Harm Reduction Film Festival
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Monday, Dec. 1 @7:00-9:00pm
Where: Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings St, Room 700, Vancouver
Event Details/Contact:
Insite – Not Just Injecting, But Connecting

Co-Director and Editor: Istvan Gabor Takacs
Running Time: 27 minutes
At a Crossroads: Will Serbia Fund Harm Reduction Programs to Save Lives?

Co-Director and Editor: Istvan Gabor Takacs
Running Time: 15 minutes
Donald MacPherson, facilitator
Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Nurse Cookie
Registered Nurse, Insite Supervised Injection Site
Dean Wilson
Harm Reduction Activist, Vancouver
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World AIDS Day: A Youthy Affair
Sponsoring Agency:
When: Monday, Dec. 1st @ 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where: YouthCO Mainspace, 568 Seymour St, Vancouver
Cost: Door by donation
Event Details/Contact:  An evening of interactive art and fun! Interactive art, food, music, karaoke, documentary screening and bar by donation.