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AIDS Vancouver's Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign launches Educate to Empower

November 16, 2011 - Vancouver, BC: November 17, AIDS Vancouver will launch their Educate to Empower: Training of Trainers Curriculum today as part of AIDS Vancouver's "Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign" from November 1st to December 1st, World AIDS Day.

Funded by the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, The Educate to Empower: Training of Trainers curriculum has been designed to promote discussion around the social dynamics of HIV and what this means to people's everyday lives. AIDS Vancouver's Educate to Empower curriculum provides educators and facilitators with the tools to effectively customize any workshop for their own community audience. This facilitates HIV/AIDS education in community directed learning model, while providing current and dynamic tools at their disposal.

"As much as we would like to think that HIV/AIDS discrimination doesn't exist, the reality is, it still does. The only way for all of us to get beyond that is for people to actually understand and become more aware of not only the facts about the HIV virus and how it's transmitted, but also people's real life situations and how it affects people's lives on a day to day basis. The Educate to Empower curriculum assists in facilitating meaningful and relevant discussion around these issues." noted Dr. Tasha Riley, co-author of the Educate to Empower: Training of Trainers Curriculum.

The Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign is a multi faceted public awareness and education campaign with cultural, educational and fitness orientated events throughout November 2011 aimed to galvanize the Vancouver Community around the red ribbon in support of those who are living with HIV.

Who :                Dr. Tasha Riley, Prevention Education Coordinator, AIDS Vancouver

                        Tasha Nijjar, Co Executive Director and Sexual Health Manager, YouthCo

When :              November 17 th , 2011. 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where :            AIDS Vancouver's Training Room, 1107 Seymour St Vancouver, V6B 5S8

All media are invited to cover this meaningful event

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

For Media Enquiries or Interviews:

Director of Development and Public Relations
AIDS Vancouver
(604) 696-4659

Development and Communications Manager
AIDS Vancouver
1107 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5S8
604 696 4657

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


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