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.”

Women’s HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator, RHAC

Women’s HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator
Full-time (35 hours weekly)
Salary Range: $41,500 to $47,999 

 

 

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is a volunteer driven, non-profit, community-based organization serving London and the six surrounding counties – Perth, Huron, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. We are community- inspired and dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals and diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Our philosophy includes adherence to The Ontario Accord/GIPA (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS), anti-racism/anti-oppression, sex positivity, principles of harm reduction, holistic health and civil society.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION AND ROLE 

The Women’s HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Education. This role works within RHAC’s catchment to build local capacity in response to women’s HIV/AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by, or at increased systemic risk for HIV/AIDS. The key areas of focus for this position include community development and community education and training.

Responsibilities 

  • Conduct site-based and events-based outreach among diverse communities of women living with/affected by/at increased systemic risk of HIV acquisition to engage with women with lived experience and identify needs, trends, concerns and directions for services/programming, through a community-development lens
  • Collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to develop effective programming and services and coordinated approaches that reduce/eliminate barriers women face in relation to service access
  • Provide workshops and presentations related to HIV/AIDS and other STBBIs, sexual health, harm reduction, sex work, food insecurity, housing status, mental health and gender-based violence, child apprehension, and pregnancy/childbirth/infant feeding, among other themes to build knowledge and capacity among service providers that engage, support and strive to empower women
  • Coordinate and participate in relevant community events
  • Engage with relevant community committees
  • Conduct data collection and analysis related to campaign delivery, events, and outreach activities to fulfil reporting requirements and inform program development/delivery/evaluation
  • Other duties, as required

Required Skills 

  • Intercultural awareness and a nuanced understanding of anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices and philosophies – including feminist and queer perspectives
  • Understanding of/experience with harm reduction-based philosophies and practice related to sexual health, substance use and sex work
  • Current and extensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and other STBBIs (sexually transmitted and blood- borne infections) in relation to the social determinants of health
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills to the practical aspects of the job by utilizing community development models/approaches to affect change that are sensitive to issues of diversity
  • Strong program development, delivery and evaluation skills, including written and oral communication, ability to build rapport, conflict resolution and crisis intervention
  • The ability to engage with and relate to culturally, linguistically, ethnically, spiritually, racially and geographically diverse communities of female-identified persons
  • The ability to identify and understand intersectional factors that impact the health and wellbeing of diverse communities of women
  • Experience providing one-on-one education, information, referrals and appropriate supports for individuals experiencing challenges related to mental health, housing, poverty, racism, ableism, immigration status/non- status, classism, ageism, homo/bi/transphobia, misogyny, gender-based violence and other factors that impact HIV acquisition

Qualifications 

  • Minimum 2 years working in HIV/AIDS, Hep C and STBBI prevention, health promotion; thorough understanding of HIV/AIDS, Hep C and other STBBIs, safer sex, sex work and harm reduction principles and practices
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
  • Diploma or undergraduate degree in social services or equivalent related experience in social or health services
  • Understanding of, and experience working with, diverse communities of women (including, but not limited to: cis women, trans women, women with experiences of transition, 2-Spirit people and queer women).
  • Advanced computer skills including, but not limited to, the following: Microsoft Office Suite programs, data management software, digital/social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • A valid driver’s license and consistent/regular access to a reliable vehicle for work-related duties
  • Able to work irregular hours, including occasional evenings and weekends in a variety of social and physical settings
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Positions Screening (Police Vulnerable Sector Check)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing culturally relevant, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, queer and trans-affirming services, preferred
  • Lived experience that may be relevant to the position’s focus on sexual health, harm reduction, substance use, sex work and diverse communities of women, preferred
  • Excellent communication (verbal, written, and visual) and negotiation skills, preferred
  • Familiarity and comfort working in diverse venues where women connect, preferred
  • Crisis intervention skills, preferred

Cover letter and resume may be submitted via email to hr@hivaidsconnection.ca or in hard copy to: #30-186 King Street, London, ON, N6A 1C7 

Application deadline is December 9, 2019 @ 12:00 noon
Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw this posting 

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in an equal opportunity employer. We strive to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the community we live in. To this end, we encourage applications from persons living with HIV/HCV, members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, individuals from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, members of diverse ethno-cultural communities, and persons with dis/abilities. 

We appreciate all submissions; however, we will only contact those to be interviewed.
No phone calls please.

World AIDS Day Events 2019

World AIDS Day, held every year on December 1, is an opportunity for Ontario’s HIV sector to unite in our fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, to honour those with HIV who are no longer with us, and to think critically about what still needs to be done to address Ontario’s complex HIV epidemic.

Read the Full OAN Message

December 1-6 is Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (AAAW) in Canada. We acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous communities in ending the HIV epidemic and the impacts of colonization have led to higher rates of HIV in Indigenous communities. There is a need for culturally responsive and community-informed HIV treatment, services and care.  Indigenous leadership in these efforts is critical and it is vital that non-Indigenous people listen and learn from these approaches.

During AAAW, we celebrate Indigenous partners doing this work such as:

  • 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations
  • The Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (AHA Centre)
  • All Nations Hope Network, Saskatchewan
  • Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
  • All Nations Hope, Nova Scotia

For more information about AAAW events and how you can get involved please visit the website.  Use these hashtags to help spread the word: #VOICES4HIV #VOIXSIDA

The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation is hosting its World AIDS Day Event on Sunday December 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto.

Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is hosting a Community United Dinner on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Get your tickets here.

The AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) invites you to be a part of Courageous Conversations to challenge the prevalent stigma against HIV/AIDS. This event will also feature performances, commemorative messages, and a candlelight vigil honouring people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS across the globe. Get your free tickets here and join the conversation.
This event takes place on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Richmond Hill United Church in Richmond Hill.

Regional HIV AIDS Connections (RHAC) is hosting its World AIDS Day Vigil on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Trinity United Church. For more details email info@hivaidsconnection.ca

Casey House is hosting its World AIDS Day Event – Voices for the World on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Glenn Gould Studio. Get your tickets here.

PARN- Your Community AIDS Resource is hosting its World AIDS Day Awareness Event.  The Red Scarf Project returns on December 1, 2019. Since 2016, the Red Scarf Project has raised awareness around HIV support and prevention while also serving the needs of our communities in the winter months. On December 1, 2019, Red Scarves will be placed like giant red ribbons on lampposts throughout the counties of Peterborough, Haliburton, Northumberland and City of Kawartha Lakes for World AIDS Day. If someone is cold, they can take a scarf.

The AIDS Network (TAN)  in Hamilton will host its World AIDS Day Vigil and Red Scarf Project  on Friday, November 29th and December 1st. The Vigil will remember, honour and celebrate those impacted and the lives of those lost and will be followed by the distribution of the scarves from The Red Scarf Project. Go here to learn more.

The AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) and ArtCite Windsor are uniting to hold the Rock the Ribbon Together event at Craft Heads Brewing Company from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 1st. There will be art and information displays, music performances, speakers, hot drinks and delicious snacks! After this, participants will walk to A Day With(Out) Art to celebrate the lives of those who are thriving and the lives lost to HIV. Get more information here.

Positive Living Niagara will be hosting two Red Scarf Events this year to “tie the street red!” The first will be held on November 25th on St. Paul St. in St. Catharines and the second on November 28th on Queen St. in Niagara Falls. In addition, on December 1st, Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, Welland Bridge 13 and the Brock Tower will all be lit red in honour of World AIDS Day. A Vigil will also be held at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre at 6 pm on December 1st to honour the past and look forward with hope to a future! Go here to learn more.  Everyone is welcome!

The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area (ACCKWA) will host its World AIDS Day Vigil on Sunday, December 1st at 2 pm at Kitchener City Hall. Go here to learn more.

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) will host AIDS Awareness Week 2019 between November 25th and December 1st, culminating with a World AIDS Day flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill. Go here to learn more.

Are We Status Neutral?

Is it time for a paradigm shift in HIV prevention and support? CATIE has just produced a great article on status-neutral approaches to HIV related care. A status-neutral approach to HIV care means that all people, regardless of their HIV status, are connected to appropriate and meaningful supports that could include access to HIV treatment, PrEP, social supports and others.

It all starts with an HIV test. Any result, positive or negative, kicks off multi-directional engagement with the healthcare system, leading to a common final goal, where HIV is neither acquired nor passed. This model, pioneered in New York City, offers an interesting new framework for us to consider as we work to address Ontario’s complex HIV epidemic.

To learn more check out the CATIE blog here.

Trauma-Informed Care – Casey House

Casey House is in the process of developing a trauma-informed care workshop to better serve people living with HIV. Trauma-informed care is a way of interacting with clients that acknowledges the relationship between individuals’ experience of trauma, the potential impact of trauma on relationships (in particular relationships with healthcare and service providers) and the negative health outcomes that can result.

Trauma-informed care is recognized as a way of providing safe and sensitive care to marginalized populations by working to create environments of inclusion, assisting healthcare providers to engage with clients in informed ways and ultimately to impact health and support systems.

Here is a pre-workshop questionnaire that will help tailor the workshop curriculum to meet specific learning needs of those who work in our sector. Results will be used to develop a training for the  frontline workers who will attend the OAN’s Support Workers Training in January 2020. This survey will take about 5 minutes of your time so please complete it before the deadline of November 30, 2019.

Cycling Against Stigma

The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is gearing up for another life-changing bike ride event. The Friends for Life Bike Rally originated in 1999 as a 6-day, 660 km bike ride from Toronto to Montréal. Later,  the Rally introduced a 1-day, 110 km bike ride from Toronto to Port Hope, and 3-Day ride from Kingston to Montréal.

Now in its 22nd year, the Rally has engaged over 5,000 participants as cyclists and crew and has raised over $18 million dollars for PWA and its clients. The Rally is the sustaining fundraiser for PWA, supporting its ability to provide critical services and supports to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto.

Please go here to learn more and sign up for this life changing event.

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