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.”

PLDI – Leadership Matters

Now more than ever, we are convinced that leadership matters.  It matters in our communities, our homes, our neighbourhoods, our province and in our Member agencies. The OAN is working to make leadership matter and we’ve recently wrapped up our 2019 PLDI training sessions and look forward to 2020.

After completing a highly successful PLDI training on communication skills in July, we are now in the process of redesigning our ‘So you want to be a PLDI facilitator?’ training model.

We are also working on an online Pre-Governance 101 training for core training graduates who are new to governance. This training will allow participants to get a taste of how Boards work. We look forward to offering both the facilitator training and governance sessions in early 2020.

Because leadership truly does matter, we invite you to reflect on how you and your agency can be involved in the PLDI and in strengthening both your leadership skills and the skills of those around you. As we wrap up our 2019 training season we thought we’d share a few words from our PLDI graduates.

“The training touches the inner person and challenges one’s potential to take candid positions in Leadership”

“This was a rewarding experience and I feel privileged to be connected with this community of amazing people”

“This was amazing, a life changer, an eye opener, a self-evaluation process, it gave me strength, hope, love support and connections of all kinds. Push your leadership forward, don’t give up because you already own the floor you walk on. Remember leadership is growth building everyday, you’ll make it, you can succeed”

“It’s been a great experience. By nature, I’m a fairly reserved and self-conscious individual, sometimes an obvious inward thinker and being. This can sometimes be seen as being standoffish or disconnected, but it’s all a process for me. The training allowed me to just be me. It still forced me out of my comfort zone but respected my boundaries enough at the same time so that I still felt safe”

How’s the View?

The OHTN has just released the 2018 View From the Front Lines Report. The Report provides a detailed look at HIV and HCV services in Ontario.

The Report tells us about important trends in Ontario – for instance, did you know that there were 916 new HIV diagnoses in Ontario in 2017 and that one in five of these are women? It also tells us about the value and importance of front-line HIV services and that AIDS service organizations supported more than 5,000 people living with HIV over the year.

If you want to better understand the impact of the services provided by HIV/AIDS service organizations and programs in Ontario and learn more about emerging issues and trends for the clients of these organizations check out the report here.

Who Said By-Laws are Boring?

At this year’s Annual Meeting we’ll be presenting an exciting new set of by-laws to our Members. Our old by-laws were often confusing and contradictory, and the OAN Board has drafted a new set that is written in clear and concise language.

The new by-law also ensures that our Annual Meeting runs smoothly and includes a number of important revisions that deepen our commitments to GIPA and regional representation. For those that were unable to attend our recent webinar on these changes click here to look at the presentation.

If you’ve not already done so, please register for this year’s Annual Meeting. (The registration link has already been emailed to Executive Directors to be shared with their delegates)

As you know, this year’s Annual Meeting will include:

  • HIV+ Delegate’s Meeting – Thursday, September 19th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • OAN Member’s Meeting – Friday, September 20th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • OAN Annual Meeting – Saturday, September 21st from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Please register no later than Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Spam Warning!

Not that we’re anti-Spam® but … the OCHART team would like to make sure you are getting e-mails from both the OCHART team and the OHTN! Spam filters are great and prevent junk mail from filling up your inbox – but sometimes they filter out important emails.

The OCHART team has noticed that quite a few agencies are not receiving their e-mails and they would like you to check in with your IT folks to ensure that @ochart.on.ca and @ohtn.on.ca are on your safe senders list.  This will ensure that you will get all of their communications! If you have any questions feel free to contact ochart@ohtn.on.ca.

HIV Diagnoses Up in Ontario

Do you know what you need to know about trends in HIV diagnoses in Ontario? Check out the Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative’s (OHESI) new report titled “New HIV diagnoses in Ontario, 2017”. The report describes, updates and expands on the trends in HIV diagnoses in Ontario over the past decade (2008-2017) with a focus on new HIV diagnoses in 2017. It presents information by sex, age, race/ethnicity, geographic location and priority populations who are at higher risk for HIV.

The report also indicates that there were 916 new HIV diagnoses in 2017 and that new diagnoses have increased every year since 2014. It also tells us that about 1 of 5 of those diagnosed in 2017 are female, and that 1 in 4 are African, Caribbean or Black. It also tells us that gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men still represent the majority of those diagnosed. To learn more about recent developments in Ontario’s HIV epidemic download the report here.

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