Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign launched:
Brian Chittock's Statement
Mayor Gregor Robertson and our distinguished Vancouver City Councillors.
My name is Brian Chittock and I am honoured, as Executive Director of AIDS Vancouver, to accept this proclamation on behalf of the persons living with HIV and AIDS in the City of Vancouver and those of us who serve them.
As many of you know, AIDS Vancouver is Canada's first AIDS Service Organization and since 1983 has been its longest standing. Over the years, we have grown to provide essential services such as support, education, advocacy, financial and emergency services to some of this city's most vulnerable citizens.
On December 1st, the world will once again recognize World AIDS Day.
You, as 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 - .
Starting today, November 1st and wrapping up December 1st, 2011, we will campaign all over the city asking citizens, such as yourselves to be involved, learn new tools and find out ways not only to protect ourselves, but to support those impacted by HIV and AIDS and to play a new role in Positive Change.
Now, I'd like to call upon Bradford McIntyre to share a few words with us. Bradford speaks to us as Vice Chair of our Board and as someone, who has been living positively with HIV for 27 years.
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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