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Media Advisory

Vancouver proclaims
Red Ribbon Month in support of AIDS Vancouver's Positive Change
Red Ribbon Campaign

November 1, 2011 - Vancouver, BC - Mayor Gregor Robertson, during a City Council meeting today, presented AIDS Vancouver with a proclamation to launch AIDS Vancouver's second annual 'Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign'. The campaign runs from November 1st to December 1st, wrapping up on World AIDS Day. The Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign encourages the Vancouver Community to be involved in opportunities to Prevent | Act | Support during the month long campaign.

Accepting the proclamation was Brian Chittock, Executive Director of AIDS Vancouver and Bradford McIntyre Board Vice Chair. Brian Chittock recognized that "the leaders of our ever progressive city have decided, for the second year in a row, to help us in expanding on this international day of awareness. You have chosen not only to recognize, but join AIDS Vancouver in a month of action and education. As such, we are proud and honoured to accept your support for AIDS Vancouver's second annual - Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign."

Bradford McIntyre (HIV+ since 1984), in a moving statement, acknowledged that "there was a time, not that long ago, when persons living with HIV and AIDS would not be recognized in such a positive way. I am happy to witness how things have changed over the years and the significant accomplishments achieved. However, this important work must continue." Because, he added, "in Canada, every 2 hours, someone becomes infected with HIV. The treatments for HIV/AIDS have improved but there is no cure. It is a constant battle to achieve and maintain health with ongoing daily challenges. The AIDS Vancouver Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign provides the opportunity to reach and educate our citizens and to help prevent the further spread of HIV."

AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada and in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic. AIDS Vancouver plays a special role in providing quality health care to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland. It is clearly more than just a community health care organization. It is an organization, whose presence and continued strength is essential to the quality for life of this community and of each individual and family who draws on its services. Our Agency is a vital community asset, which everyone affected by HIV/AIDS can share and in which, we all have a stake.

Speakers:
Vancouver City Mayor, Gregor Robertson
Dr. Brian Chittock, Executive Director, AIDS Vancouver
Bradford McIntyre, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, AIDS Vancouver

When: November 1st, 2011. 2:00pm

Where: Vancouver City Hall, Council Chambers, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver V5Y 1V4

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Visit: AIDS Vancouver Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign launched: Brian Chittock's Statement

Visit: AIDS Vancouver Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign launched: Bradford McIntyre's Statement


For Media Enquiries:
Director of Development and Public Relations
AIDS Vancouver
(604) 696-4659

City of Vancouver
Corporate Communications
604.871.6336
media@vancouver.ca



About AIDS Vancouver

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

Today, over 7,000 people from all over the world are annually 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.

Mission and Mandate of AIDS Vancouver

AIDS Vancouver exists to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community based research. www.aidsvancouver.org

http://www.facebook.com/aidsvancouver


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