CTAC Honours Louise Binder with Glen Hillson Award
Awards honours HIV advocates in Canada
SEPT. 21, TORONTO - CTAC is pleased to present Louise Binder, co-founder of CTAC and long-time HIV advocate in Canada, with the 2015 Glen Hillson Award.
Created in 2005 by CTAC to honour the memory of Glen Hillson, previous Vice Chair of CTAC and the Chair of British Columbia People with AIDS (BCPWA) Society, the Glen Hillson award recognizes HIV advocates who work tirelessly to support the HIV movement within Canada.
”Louise Binder is a true champion of HIV rights throughout Canada. She has been instrumental in supporting the various HIV movements within Canada over the last 25 years” says Terry Pigeon, Chair of the CTAC Board of Directors. “This award honours Louise's legacy in the HIV community and her tireless commitment to advocating for the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Louise was diagnosed with HIV in 1993. Since that time she has applied her knowledge as a Canadian lawyer to volunteer her time towards advocacy work for systemic change. She has been pivotal in creating awareness of the differences between men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Canada and their importance when seeking treatment solutions.
“The HIV community is a beacon for other patient communities, a shining example of the power of courageous people, including my dear friend Glen Hillson, to make change unselfishly for the good of others. I am so proud to have been part of this community that had such amazing people in it and to have contributed to the history of this movement in Canada,” says Louise Binder.
“It is imperative the we continue to recognize the achievements of community members who are creating long-lasting positive change for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Canada” says Shane Patey, Executive Director of CTAC. “Leaders like Louise remind us of the strength that is within each of us. A strength we can use to affect positive change within and for our community.”
Previous award recipients include Sean Rourke, Curtis Cooper, Jean-Pierre Bélisle, Ian McGilvray, James Kreppner, Bleecker Street Co-Operative Homes, Ron Rosenes and Philip Lundrigan.
CTAC is honoured to present this award to Louise Binder at their 2015 Annual General Meeting in recognition of the time and effort she has given to advocating for the health and human rights of all Canadians living with HIV/AIDS.
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CTAC is Canada's non-governmental organization led by and for people living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection, focusing on access to treatment. Since 1996, we have been working to secure and ensure equitable, affordable and timely access to treatment, care and support for people in Canada living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection. We work with community, public, private and not-for-profit leaders to inform research and public policy, and promote public awareness and discussion. www.ctac.ca
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