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Canadian AIDS Society Announces the 2008 Leadership Awards

OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - At the Opening Dinner of its Annual General Meeting today, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) proudly announced the winners of CAS' 2008 Leadership Awards.
Since 1997, CAS has been recognizing leadership excellence with the presentation of a Leadership Award to both an individual and a corporation. Criteria for award eligibility include involvement in the HIV/AIDS movement over a prolonged period of time, as well as a significant contribution to community involvement in HIV/AIDS. Nominations for the award are submitted by member organizations and national partners and then approved and selected by the CAS Board of Directors.

Individual Category

This year, CAS selected Michael Phair as its 2008 Leadership Award recipient in the Individual Category for his pioneering spirit and ongoing dedication to the HIV/AIDS movement in Canada. Michael Phair was the first Chair of the Canadian AIDS Society, running CAS out of the AIDS Network of Edmonton's office, back in 1986. With the assistance of volunteers and Health Canada, he helped draft the first constitution of the Canadian AIDS Society. Before his activism reaching the national level, however, Michael had been instrumental in the community-based AIDS movement in Edmonton and Alberta. When Edmonton's first case of AIDS was reported it was to him that the media first turned, given his high profile work in the GLBTT community. Later he helped establish the AIDS Network of Edmonton (now HIV Edmonton) and throughout his career, he supported, and still supports, many other HIV organizations in the city of Edmonton.

Corporate Category

The 2008 award recipient in the Corporate Category is Pfizer Canada Inc. Pfizer was presented the award for its outstanding leadership in HIV/AIDS at the community, national and international levels. At the national and community level, Pfizer Canada has supported many organizations, including CAS and its membership, including about 16 community-based AIDS service organizations. It has been a key sponsor of events, such as the AGMs of many national AIDS organizations and the AIDS Walk for Life, for a number of years.
As a global leader, Pfizer has provided significant funding to many initiatives, including prevention and treatment programs within the world's regions hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. Accepting the award on behalf of Pfizer Canada Inc. is Anne Brisson, Manager, Non-Profit Health Organizations.
CAS congratulates both award recipients and thanks all who submitted nominations for the awards.

Canadian AIDS Society

The Canadian AIDS Society is a national coalition of over 125 community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, we also work to enrich the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. We accomplish this by advocating on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitating the development of programs, services and resources for our member groups, and providing a national framework for community-based participation in Canada's response to AIDS.

For further information:

Tricia Diduch, Communications Consultant,
Canadian AIDS Society,
(613) 230-3580 ext. 130, Fax: (613) 563-4998,

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