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.”

OAN 2019 Annual Meeting

The OAN is excited to announce the dates for this year’s Annual Member’s Meeting, September 19 – 21st, 2019 at the Ramada Hotel in Toronto.

Like last year, an evening meeting for PHA Representatives will begin the proceedings, over a closed dinner Thursday night, followed by a full day of Member’s Meetings Friday and OAN Proceedings on Saturday.

As you may be aware, the Board of Directors of the Ontario AIDS Network embarked, for the first time in many years, on a comprehensive review of our overly complex and restrictive By-law No. 5. While a detailed account of that process and the findings of our work will be sent to our Members in the coming days, we hope to ratify new By-law No. 6 at this Annual Meeting.

The OAN will subsidize travel and accommodations for up to two people from each Member and Affiliate organization.

The registration link for this meeting as well as the rest of our Skills Series will be emailed to Directors along with the full By-law revision memorandum next week.

Agenda Survey + Registration!

Who doesn’t like a survey?

We are in the throes of planning for our Leadership Symposium and have already emailed our Membership a link to our Agenda survey, earlier today! For those interested, we are inviting feedback on what we should focus on for our October 30th – November 1st, 2019 Leadership Symposium. Please submit your response by Friday, July 12th.

We will be sending registration links to all of our Skills workshops via email to Executive Directors in the coming weeks. 

We do this to make sure that only those recommended by leadership are able to register, and to prevent confusion around eligibility.

Reconciliation in Action

The OAN is seeking community and organizational input on a new initiative called Reconciliation in Action: A Community Process for the HIV Sector in Ontario.

This committee, struck during the October 2018 Leadership Symposium, would like your feedback on a proposed process which organizations in the sector could follow to do the work of reconciliation with Indigenous communities, Indigenous service users and Indigenous partner organizations.

The OAN will be hosting a 90-minute feedback session, open to community members and all organizational staff, on Thursday, August 15th from 10am – 11:30am.

Join us! Register here.

Congratulations Deanna!

Deanna Clatworthy, Clinic Coordinator at ARCH in Guleph, was recently profiled in a stellar video produced by the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. Have a look!

PLDI Communications Training

We are pleased to announce the dates for the next Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) Communications Training.

This training will take place July 19th – 21st, 2019 in Toronto.

To be eligible, please submit the application form to tjewal@oan.red by end of day Monday July 8th, 2019.

Hope you can join us!

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