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Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Promoting Health and Dignity Together

Join Us @ 8:00 PM
May 20, 2012
Alexander Park
1755 Beach Avenue
at Bidwell,
Vancouver BC, Canada.

May 5 , 2012 - VANCOUVER, BC: - AIDS Vancouver is proud to announce the Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is one of the world's oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries. AIDS Vancouver is honoured to be the host community organization for the Vancouver event, lovingly returned to Alexandra Park.

This is the 29th year for the candlelight memorial and the theme is "Promoting Health and Dignity Together". The International gatherings all aim to raise awareness around HIV and to promote respect for the human rights of people living with HIV everywhere. Together, alongside with our community partners and allies, we invite you to join us.

This year's community organizers and contributors are:

AIDS Vancouver

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Does HIV Look Like Me?

Downtown Eastside Consumer Board

Dr. Peter Centre

Vancouver Friends For Life Society

Heart of Richmond AIDS Society

Health Initiative for Men

McLaren Housing Society of BC

Pacific AIDS Network

Positive Living Society of BC

Positive Women's Network

Positively Positive - Living with HIV/AIDS

St. James Community Services Society

Vancouver Native Health Society

Wings Housing Society

YouthCo

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For more information contact aidsvancouver.org/memorial

Facebook event invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/326164710785600/

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Contact:
Jessica Wood
Director of Development and Public Relations
Direct: 604 696 4659
jessicaw@aidsvancouver.org




About AIDS Vancouver

The first AIDS service organization in Canada. AIDS Vancouver was founded in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada. The agency was formed in response to an emerging disease that was starting to infect and affect local communities in Vancouver, specifically gay men. From our beginning, AIDS Vancouver evolved with the progression of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This evolution has made our service delivery and program development relevant and innovative today.

While setting standards for excellence in program and service delivery, we work with policy makers to address complex legal, ethical and socioeconomic issues. The principles of Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, Community Based Research, Community Development and Volunteerism guide and direct us.

AIDS Vancouver-what we do.

Our mission is to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community-based research. Our mandate is Prevent Act Support.

AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic.

Each year, over 7,000 people from all over the world are accessing some form of service provided by AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver continues to respond to the ongoing changing and challenging health care environment of HIV/AIDS and is fully dedicated to grow and respond to meet the needs of the community we serve. AIDS Vancouver strives to keep our programming innovative and relevant.

We offer a comprehensive range of services. Specifically, we have intensive and long-term case management, care teams (the only at home individual support program in the city), the only HIV positive nutrition focused grocery program in Vancouver for HIV positive individuals in need, confidential helpline, an information & resource centre providing materials in numerous languages to support newly arrived Canadians, as well as education, prevention and community outreach programs.
www.aidsvancouver.org


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