Welcome to our new
Executive Director,
Shannon Ryan!

“It’s clear that the OAN has many challenges to face over the coming months and years given the funding and political environment. I look forward to working with you all to face them and to build on a strong OAN legacy.”

Come Join Us At The Table

The OAN is actively recruiting new Board Members! We’re accepting applications for two Director positions. One of these must be from the Northern Region and both must be people living with HIV. To apply, fill out the form (found here) and email it to governance@oan.red by Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Following a review of applications, we’ll then arrange interviews with selected candidates in early February. Successful candidates will then be appointed by our Board in February.

Thank you for taking the time to help shape the future of our organization.

AIDS Committee of York Region has a New Name

The AIDS Committee of York Region is now known as CAYR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS with the tag line “People Supporting People” to better reflect the current and expanding services provided by the agency.

“Our new name and visual brand more clearly convey both the range of services we offer and the core values underlying our community work,” said Executive Director Vibhuti Mehra. “The new look and feel is also the foundation for our expanding programs and services and a way to reduce barriers for people who access them.” Please see the news release here.

Congratulations to the CAYR team on this bold and exciting step forward.

OAN Honour Roll Review – We Need Your Input

In our previous newsletter, we invited your input into the review of the OAN Honour Roll Awards.  We imagine that with the busyness of the holidays, many of you were not able to provide your feedback. In order to allow all voices to be heard, we have extended the deadline. Your feedback will help in developing recommendations on the Award categories, as well as the nomination, application, selection and administration processes.

Please contribute to the process by completing this survey which should take approximately 20 minutes of your time. The new closing date is January 17, 2020. Your insights and contributions to this process are greatly appreciated!

CATIE’s Upcoming Course on HIV Basics

CATIE’s Canada-wide training course on HIV basics will be offered through their blended learning program, which combines a six-week online course with a webinar meeting. CATIE’s HIV Basics course provides foundational knowledge about HIV for frontline service providers.

Listed below are the six interactive online lessons and discussion board assignments, which participants work through at their own pace.

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: HIV Transmission
  • Week 3: HIV Testing
  • Week 4: HIV Treatment
  • Week 5: Living with HIV
  • Week 6: HIV Prevention

The course will start on February 17th, 2020 and concludes with an interactive webinar on March 23, 2020.

Registration is required so register now. For more information about this course or CATIE’s Blended Learning program, please contact Shriya, CATIE’s Regional Health Education Coordinator at shari@catie.ca

ACDR 2020 Conference

The AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) proudly presents its biannual learning event, the 2020 ACDR Conference “Linkage to Care”.

Over the two days, participants will learn about the work being done at ACDR, new research findings and emerging priorities as well as gain a better understanding of strategies that will better connect vulnerable populations to appropriate access points in Durham Region.

Reserve your spot by registering now.  Registration is free for OAN member agencies, using the code ‘OAN’.

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