OAN Office Closure Effective March 17, 2020

In the interest of maintaining the health and wellness of our staff team, the OAN office will be closed effective March 17, 2020. We believe it’s in the best interest of the team that we all work from home until further notice.

Please note that our work will largely continue as usual and our staff will have access to email and voicemail – so please feel free to touch base. Please watch for updates on our website (oan.red) or on social media (facebook.com/OntarioAIDSNetwork) as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19. 

We wish you health and wellness over the coming weeks.

 Thank you,

Shannon Thomas Ryan
Executive Director

Welcome to our New PLDI Facilitators!

We are very pleased to announce that the Ontario PLDI team is growing! Please join Tara, Joseph and Martin in welcoming our new team members – Benjamin from Central Region, Brittany from Eastern Region, Eno from Western Region, Kendall from Central Region, and Kurt from the Northern Region.

Congratulations to you all for being part of our growing and dynamic PLDI team! We’re honoured to have you with us! We know you’re going to be a valuable asset to PLDI and we can’t wait to see all that we will accomplish together. It’s amazing to have such young, fresh and talented members as part of our team.

We know that together we’ll take PLDI to new heights and hope that you find your new role rewarding and challenging. Welcome Aboard!

New COVID-19 Resources for 2GBTQ+ Men from the GMSH

The GMSH plays a critical role in bridging the gap between health authorities and 2GBTQ+ guys—making sure that information is culturally relevant and effective in the community.

Earlier this week, the GMSH collaborated with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 runner up and Canada’s Queen of the North, the gorgeous Brooke Lynn Hytes to bring a message of love and comfort to our community during this difficult time. Watch and share today on Facebook & Instagram.

Good News! – May 2020

Are you in need of some good news? There’s great work happening in ASOs across the province and they are stepping up to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) delivers Food Bank Fridays where they feed up to 70 folks who pick up much needed food supplies. The ACO team has done an amazing job of setting up a food bank pick-up system that gives access to this basic necessity to their community members. ACO also delivers food to those who are unable to come to their office.

Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is selling hand-crafted non-medical masks to stabilize funds allocated to their Support Program’s PHA Fund. These funds are accessed by their clients in need particularly during this unprecedented time. Go here to learn more and to buy a mask.

The AIDS Network’s (TAN) regional Harm Reduction team will be launching a new initiative, The HNB Van – a mobile Harm Reduction service serving Haldimand, Norfolk, Brantford and Brant County! Anya, TAN”s Brantford Harm Reduction Worker, put together a video with more details about the program. The program will launch on Monday, May 4th. Go here to learn more.

Thanks all for your amazing work.

Check out the new WHAI Website

The Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) recently launched their new website! Utilizing an online space for sharing information and centring the voices of women, WHAI’s website includes updated features such as an in-depth overview of WHAI work and areas of focus, relevant resources, community events calendar, and community news. WHAI invites you to explore their website and connect!

Go here to check it out!

Are you Covering the Essentials?

If you’re new to the sector or want to brush up on some essential skills, then you might want to check out the HIV Resources Ontario Essentials Guide. Found here, the Guide is meant to build capacity in Ontario’s HIV sector by establishing a common core curriculum.

This work may be one of your most rewarding, challenging and meaningful work experiences; we certainly hope it will be. But there’s a lot to learn and thankfully there are many resources available and some great ones have been assembled in the Essentials Guide.

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