Educate to Empower: AIDS Vancouver's Training of Trainers Program
June 17, 2011 - In August 2010, AIDS Vancouver's Prevention Education program was awarded a $35,000 grant from
MAC AIDS to develop and deliver a new "Educate to Empower" Training of Trainers program. This program is designed to educate
participants on social justice issues related to HIV/AIDS. Participants are expected to bring this information back into
their communities through the development of support programs and workshops and/or through working and volunteering
with local service organizations.
"Educate to Empower" workshops were successfully piloted in March 2011 to a number
of recovery centers in and around Vancouver including: New Dawn, Chrysalis Society, Salvation Army, Aurora, PACE and Positive Living
Educate to Empower Workshop created by:
Tasha Riley, PhD, Prevention Education Coordinator, AIDS Vancouver.
Andrée Gacoin, MA, UBC PhD Candidate, Educational Studies.
Brian Chittock, PhD, Executive Director, AIDS Vancouver.
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.
For the past 25 years, AIDS Vancouver has been at the forefront of community response to the epidemic here in the Lower Mainland of
British Columbia. Over 25 paid staff and 200 volunteers strive to provide a comprehensive and integrated range of health promotion,
education, and support services.
AIDS Vancouver exists to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and
community based research. www.aidsvancouver.org