The Ontario AIDS Network, together with our partner organization, the Pacific AIDS Network is mourning the death of Ken Buchanan. Ken was a friend, mentor, and leader of many in the HIV /AIDS movement. Ken died of cancer in Vancouver on April 15th.  He had been HIV-positive since 2004 and was co-infected with hepatitis C.

Ken made numerous and lasting contributions to the HIV/AIDS movement. He served for 7 years on the Executive of the Board of Directors of Positive Living BC, until he resigned in October 2012 due to health related concerns.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, where he supported their efforts to overcome the harm being done by the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Ken was a former Board member of the Canadian Treatment Action Council and also served on the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS’s therapeutic guidelines committee.

Ken was a graduate of the Positive Leadership Development Institute and actively supported the development and growth of this program in BC.

Ken was kind, generous and highly dedicated. We will greatly miss him.

UPDATE

Memorial: A memorial will be held for Ken on Sunday, April 28th from 2pm-5pm in the Granville Room (2nd Floor, SE side) at the Chateau Granville Hotel (1100 Granville Street). All are welcome.