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Congratulations, Niagara!

Talia Storm, Manager of StreetWorks Services on left, and Keira Knowles, StreetWorks Outreach Worker on right.

Following a period of uncertainty, member agency Positive Living Niagara has opened Niagara region’s first Overdose Prevention Site.

A brilliant article released yesterday by CBC news highlighted some of the StreetWorks Services‘ accomplishments and life saving interventions in its inaugural month of expanded operation.

Kudos to Talia StormManager of StreetWorks Services and to Glen WalkerExecutive Director of Positive Living Niagara for the life-saving collaboration!

Thank you, Wendy!

January is definitely a new beginning for many of us, but here at the OAN it signals the closure of a cycle as well.

On behalf of all of the staff of the OAN, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Wendy Pinder, Acting Executive Director, as she completes her full-time contract with us and returns to the Ontario Organizational Development Program as Program Administrator.

Since her arrival last February, Wendy has overseen three successful Skills Workshops (as well as the planning of the upcoming ED/Board Chair Forum), two Board trainings and our best-attended AGM ever!

Additionally, Wendy worked very closely with the PLDI program, supporting two national team meetings which resulted in increased facilitator capacity and broadened reach for future PLDI participants across the country.

Wendy’s vision and collaborative energy has provided focus and intention to our little organization and although she will be continuing with us part-time until the end of January (until our new Executive Director is hired) we will miss her presence in the office.

We wish her very well in her next chapter at the OODP!

Planning Ahead

Thank you to all member agencies who have been updating the OAN Calendar with their events – it helps all of us to know what is on the way. 

The calendar can be accessed *and updated* by going to oan.red/events/ and entering your details.

Happy Holiday from the OAN

The Ontario AIDS Network Office will be closed from December 24 – January 1 (inclusive) with our cheery, capable team returning to work starting January 2, 2019. This means any recently submitted expense reimbursement forms will wait to be processed until the New Year.

For those of you also taking a break during this time frame: enjoy!

We look forward to continuing our work together, in our growing and changing sector in the coming year.

Of Federal Importance

Last week, the Federal government announced changes in exemption procedures for Safe Consumption sites across Canada.

Here’s an excerpt of a reaction from Regional HIV/AIDS Connection:

“In Ontario, this means that regions in urgent need of support will be able to work directly with Federal representatives to receive exemptions for new sites with the goal of reducing overdoses, linking people who use drugs to care and dramatically reducing the potential for new HIV acquisitions by providing clean equipment and accurate, up-to-date information to people accessing these services…this change has incredible potential to improve the lives of all Canadians – especially those in Ontario who are at increased systemic risk of HIV acquisition and/or overdose in both urban and rural settings.”

For the full statement from Regional HIV/AIDS Connection click here.

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