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

Agency Closures

Here is a list of our Member Agencies and their closure details. This page will continue to update, so please stay tuned.

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations –
Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) – http://acas.org/acas-offices-closed/
AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) – https://www.aidsdurham.com/covid-19.html
AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area (ACNBA) –
AIDS Committee of Ottawa) (ACO) – http://aco-cso.ca/aco-services-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
ACT – https://www.actoronto.org/
Action Positive – Connect by phone 416-340-8484 ext 260 and e-mails at info@actionpositive.ca
Africans In Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) –
ARCH – https://www.archguelph.ca/COVID19
Black CAP – http://www.blackcap.ca/page.php?u=/news-events/covid19
Bruce House – https://brucehouse.ca/covid-19-bruce-house-programs-and-services/
Casey House – https://www.caseyhouse.com/how-we-help/day-health-program-services/
CATIE – www.catie.ca
CAYR – https://cayrcc.org/cayrs-covid-19-response/
Elevate – https://elevatenwo.org/covid19/
Fife House – https://www.fifehouse.org/executive-director-job-posting-announcement/
Gilbert Centre – https://www.gilbertcentre.ca/
HALCO – https://www.halco.org/
Hemophilia – www.Hemophilia.on.ca
LetsStopAIDS –
MOYO – https://moyohcs.ca/covid-19-update/
OAHAS – https://www.oahas.org/
OHTN – http://www.ohtn.on.ca/ohtn-staff-working-remotely-beginning-monday-march-16th/
PARN – https://parn.ca/
PASAN – http://www.pasan.org/
PWA – https://www.pwatoronto.org/service-update-from-pwa/
Reseau Access Network – https://www.reseauaccessnetwork.com/coronavirus-covid-19-response/
RHAC – http://hivaidsconnection.ca/covid-19
The AIDS Network – https://aidsnetwork.ca/important-notice-programs-and-services-update/
The Teresa Group – https://teresagroup.ca/

International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is an important moment for the OAN and its Members to stop and reflect on the leadership of HIV positive women in Ontario and the organizations that support them.

This year we’d like to recognize the work of Voices of Positive Women and the agency’s legacy of supporting HIV positive women in Ontario and building a generation powerful HIV positive women who are still leading today. Voices closed ten years ago and we must always remember the important work of this agency and its many contributions to our sector.

We would also like to recognize the work of the Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI), the Teresa Group, Africans in Partnership Against AIDS, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Maggie’s, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, PASAN and many others for their excellent support of women living with HIV in Ontario. If you’d like to learn more about the ways that HIV affects the lives of women in Ontario check out this amazing WHAI resource here.

PrEP Start!

This spring, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) will be launching PrEPStart, a program to provide three months of PrEP free for people who do not have a drug plan in Ontario. This short-term supply of medication can allow participants to start PrEP immediately while applying for ongoing coverage through a public or private drug plan.

Along with their medication, participants will receive additional information on the different ways to pay for PrEP in Ontario and the option to connect with the project pharmacist for support while applying for ongoing drug coverage. The OHTN is also adding additional resources to help people navigate drug coverage options at OntarioPrEP.ca/Pay.

The OHTN will be sending OAN Member agencies an information package prior to launch so that they have all the details they need to connect their clients with PrEPStart. Stay tuned for more about this important program!

Thanks to Member Agency ED’s and Board Chairs

Between February 28 and March 1, the OAN hosted a highly successful Executive Director/Board Chair Forum. More than 65 EDs and Board Chairs from across our province attended and participated in deep and thoughtful discussions about the health of their agencies, how to work toward Reconciliation, and how the Members of the OAN do their collective work. One of the key sessions at the Forum explored the importance of the ED and Board Chair relationship and how they can become better co-pilots in their agency.

We’d like to thank our Advisory Committee for supporting the development of a responsive and relevant agenda. A big thanks to Gerry, Brian, Fanta, Naomi and Vibhuti for helping us plan. And many thanks to OAN team for facilitating this great event, especially Hope, Beth and Dionne. Well done team!

We also said goodbye to some of our best leaders who recently left the HIV sector, including Kim Dolan, Vibhuti Mehra, Nicci Stein, Mark Atanasoff and Phillip Banks. We wish them the best as they take the next steps in their careers.

Events such as the Forum help the OAN to identify needs and issues that are relevant to our sector, we look forward to acting on a number of ideas generated by our Members as our work moves forward in 2020/21.

The OAN is Hiring – Manager of Communications & Member Development

The OAN is seeking a dynamic, energetic and highly organized Manager of Communications and Member Development!

The Manager of Communications and Member Development provides the OAN with overall management of province-wide Member services, coordination of the Skills Workshop Series and Skills+ webinar training programs, ongoing communication with Members, and other services as required.

If you, or anyone you know would be a great fit for the role please direct them to apply here.

The application deadline is Friday, March 20, 2020.

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