OAN News

The latest news from the Ontario AIDS Network


ACCHO Staff Announcement Valérie Pierre-Pierre

It is with especially mixed emotions that we announce the formal resignation of the ACCHO Director, Valérie Pierre-Pierre. As you may know, Valérie accepted a short-term role at the AIDS Bureau in December 2017 and had planned to return to her role at ACCHO in June 2018. Recently, Valérie submitted her resignation to the ACCHO Executive after accepting a Senior Policy Analyst position on the Hepatitis C team with the AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs.

Valérie joined the ACCHO team in January 2010 and during her tenure she provided tremendous leadership that enhanced the operations and significantly expanded the reach and scope of ACCHO. She cultivated dynamic partnerships with diverse stakeholders, strengthened relations with the funded agencies that employ African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Strategy Workers and embedded the principles of GIPA/MIPA into ACCHO. She also managed the development and implementation of the Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018, campaigns such as the It Takes Courage campaign and the ACCHO Strategic Plan.

We would also like to extend our thanks to Michelle Sumner-Williams for assuming the Interim Director role during this time of transition. The ACCHO Executive Committee has initiated a recruitment process to identify our next Director. We expect this process will be completed this month.

We would like to thank Valérie for her dedication and commitment to excellence in the role of ACCHO Director. Her leadership, vision and humour will be missed as ACCHO continues its work. Please join us in wishing Valérie great success and happiness as she takes this next step in her career.


Fanta Ongoiba,

Trevor Gray,

ARCH is Moving

It’s with great anticipation and pleasure to let you know that on July 1, 2018, we are moving. Our new location is 77 Westmount Rd, Unit 110 Guelph, On N1H 5J1.

Please note that all programs and services including the ARCH Clinic, Trans Health Clinic and Anonymous Rapid HIV Testing Clinics will now be at this new office location. During the office closure there will be a two week disruption of service. The office will be closed as phone lines and internet providers move our communication systems. Staff will require additional time to settle in, unpack and prepare to reopen. Our offices will be closed from June 25, 2018 and reopening to full service on Monday July 9, 2018.

All contact information will remain the same. Please take a moment to update your records.

Staffing Announcement ABRPO Program Director

Thomas Egdorf has been hired as the new Program Director, of the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario.

Thomas brings to his new role at ABRPO/Fife 24 years of experience in the not for profit and the HIV/AIDS sector.

Since 2011, Thomas has been a Regional Health Coordinator with CATIE, and he was the Director of PHA Programs with the Ontario AIDS Network.

Thomas proven skills and experience in leadership development, peer engagement, adult education and training, will be huge asset to the ABRPO team as we move forward during this time of transition.

Thomas’ start date is  June 11, 2018.

HARS ED Announcement

The Board of Directors of HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) announces the retirement of Executive Director John MacTavish and the appointment of longtime staff member Deb Kinder as Interim Executive Director.

A search for the permanent Executive Director position will begin shortly.

HARS looks forward to continuing to provide comprehensive services including education, prevention, and support for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted and blood borne illnesses.

HARS will also continue to advocate for broader social change to reduce stigma and discrimination and will work with a diverse range of people and organizations to strengthen our communities.

A new chapter has begun at HARS and we have many exciting things in the works. Keep up to date with us at www.hars.ca, or find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching for HARS Kingston.